February 19th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Report: Helicopters fire on Libya protesters

Helicopters fired at demonstrators and sounds of gunfire rang out Saturday in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a doctor who witnessed the incident told CNN.

The doctor said dozens of injured people are being hospitalized, most suffering from gunshot wounds. CNN is not identifying the doctor security reasons.

"The situation is critical right now. The city is effectively under siege," the doctor said.

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  1. buffoon

    Unlike Egypt, 3 actions are required to ignite democracy in Libya

    1. Instate a "no fly zone"
    2. Vaporize Gadaffi & Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi (the Lockerbie bomber)
    3. Supply Libyan demonstrators/protesters with weapons, food, and medical assistance

    P.S. beware of buffoon as a backseat driver! 🙂

    February 20, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. chris87654

    I feel horrible for these people and others under dictatorships, but the US and world CAN'T get involved in all of this. We can voice opposition, but it's impossible to be the "world's policeman" and overthrow governments. It would take a war with US aircraft to stop the Libyan helicopters and the US learned we can't start wars in other countries. Each country's citizens need to fend for themselves. Other countries need to spend much money to guard their borders and track/watch out for terrorists.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. D

    Today Libya is going through nothing but hell. Overall there is a precise number of 250 bodies killed. At the cemetery this morning, while people are mourning for those killed, the african army that has replaced the libyan army by Gadaffi was still shooting at those at the cemetery. I beg you, we need help, we need our voices to be heard, nobody is doing anything yet many outside are very capable. Innocent lives are being killed for letting their voices be heard and standing up for themselves. This is not fair, this is not right. Coverage is needed, nobody is aware of what is really going on. Medical supplies are needed in ALL hospitals, they are lacking everything! Please so something about it.
    Weapons are needed if this is what it will come to. Apparently 'Libya' does not own any weapons what so ever, all the country's weapons are under the names of Gadaffi and his sons. He is using the country's weapons against the people, replaced the army with a foreign army, why? because they are stronger? this hypocrisy will bring nothing but more danger to the country. I am a Libyan, I am proud to be a Libyan, I ill do what ever there is to do in my power just like those who have died had done.
    I repeat please help us! We need coverage news coverage to start with. We need to spread the word, we cannot keep on going like this, this is much bigger than we had expected, this is out of our control yet we are still not stopping.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bleh

    "Precise number of 250 bodies killed."
    Huh. That precise. Bodies killed. Zombies! Zommmmmmmbbbbbbiiiiiieeeeeessssss!!!!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. tomaz

    Where is the African Union? This their call. Please leave the Ivorians alone and tackle serious problems like preserving people' lives instead ligally murdering them with sanctions because un and eu says it's right to do so. Protect your own from outside forces and prosecute those that doing the killing in an african court set up in africa! Stop being puppets dealers and lead when it counts, presidents africain!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    On second thought, we have an obligation to get involved in the Middle East and throughout the world and install dictators like Mubarak that maintain stability. It is in our best interest to do so.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Right Phunnie boy,it is in the best interests of the MIC(military-industrial-complex) here,but what about the people living in the Middle East? Hopefully,you won't have things your way there much longer!

      February 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nathan

    Gadafi has been a nuisance in the region for decades, and he has been known to be a rudeless dictator. He is an expert
    on hiring mercenaries to do his dirty laundry, and several neighboring countries can confirm this fact. In addition, I am afraid for the peaceful protestors because he will exterminate them without any emotion. The only way to remove this creepy man is to see the Egyptian's air force going against his forces, and Egypt has always scared Gadafi. Russian and France love Gaddafi because he always buys weapons from them. In conclusion, Lybian people need to remove him and his family from power.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Right Nathan,Qadafi has been quite a nuissance to the right-wing thugs in Washington since unlike the other dictators in the Middle East he didn't carry out their orders. They've been ranting against him while remaining dead silent about all the others.

      February 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sally may

      so Cesar, does mean he should stay in power? the enemy of my enemy ?

      February 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Honest Truth

    Maybe it's time to fire a few more cruise missles into the palace...

    February 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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