21 Feb '11, 6pm

Protesters overrun several Libyan cities

CAIRO: Protesters on Monday overran several Libyan cities while regime stalwarts began defecting as the pillars of Muammar Gaddafi hardline rule were targeted in Tripoli amid reports he had fled the country. Cities including Benghazi in the east had fallen to demonstrators opposing Gaddafi's 41-year-old regime after military units deserted their posts, said the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR). With gunfire crackling in the streets of Tripoli, protesters also attacked police stations and the offices of the state broadcaster, Gaddafi's mouthpiece, as well as setting government buildings ablaze. UN chief Ban Ki-moon told Gaddafi in a phone call that violence in Libya "must stop immediately" and called for a broad-based dialogue, a UN spokesman said. In Brussels, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Gaddafi may be heading to Venezuela, citi...

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