Gaddafi digs in as protests mount

February 24, 2011 06:19

The area controlled by Libya’s embattled leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is shrinking, reports say, as the opposition gains momentum. -BBC

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Witnesses say the capital, Tripoli, is heavily guarded by pro-Gaddafi forces, with tanks deployed in the suburbs.

Videos on the internet suggest a town 50km (30 miles) west of Tripoli has fallen to anti-government forces.

The BBC’s Jim Muir, at Libya’s western border with Tunisia, says most of the 3,000 to 4,000 people who crossed out of Libya on Wednesday were Tunisian or Egyptian migrant workers, not Libyans.

He says that Libyan border guards have been seizing cameras and mobile phones to prevent images getting out of the country.

In the eastern city of Benghazi, residents have been queuing to be issued with guns looted from the army and police in order to join what they are calling the battle for Tripoli.


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