25 Feb '11, 3pm

Gaddafi forces kill protesters in capital

Gaddafi forces kill protesters in capital

BENGHAZI, Libya : Protesters in the Libyan capital Tripoli braved deadly fire from loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi on Friday as his opponents braced for a fightback by a regime suffering new defections. Outraged Western governments scrambled to craft a collective response to the crackdown in the oil-rich North African state, including possible sanctions against Gaddafi and his lieutenants and a freeze on assets they are believed to have salted away abroad. But governments were constrained by fears of reprisals against their people still stranded amid what escaping expatriates described as hellish scenes as evacuation efforts dragged on into the 11th day of the crisis. In Tripoli, security forces opened fire indiscriminately on worshippers leaving prayers, desperate to prevent any new protests on the weekly Muslim day of rest, residents told AFP by telephone. Two people were k...

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