Libya updates: Gunfire reported in Tripoli; Gadhafi's son issues warning
Multiple reports say Benghazi in now in the hands of protesters. CNN cannot independently confirm these reports.
February 20th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Libya updates: Gunfire reported in Tripoli; Gadhafi's son issues warning

[Updated: 5:14 a.m. Monday, Libya; 10:14 p.m. Sunday ET]: Eyewitnesses tell CNN by phone about tear gas and gunfire targeting anti-government demonstrators in Tripoli.  After days of  unrest, at least 219 people are dead, according to medical sources.

[Updated: 1:38 a.m. Monday, Libya; 6:38 p.m. Sunday ET]: Libya's army has been told to restore security "at any price" and will remain loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi, Gadhafi's son told Libyans in a televised address early Monday.

[Updated: 1:30 a.m. Monday, Libya; 6:30 p.m. Sunday ET]: Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, early Monday promised widespread reforms, including increased salaries and a relaxed criminal code,  in an attempt to head off a growing revolt. TIMELINE: Six remarkable days in Libya

[Updated: 1:19 a.m. Monday, Libya; 6:19 p.m. Sunday ET]: The son of Moammar Gadhafi warned early Monday that the country faced "civil war" and a breakup of the nation if protesters go on.

[Updated: 1:09 a.m. Monday, Libya; 6:09 p.m. Sunday ET]: The son of Moammar Gadhafi said early Monday that a "great sedition"  was under way in Benghazi, the country's second-largest city, but said the death toll was smaller than what is being reported by international news outlets.

[Updated: 12:08 a.m. Monday, Libya; 5:09 p.m. Sunday ET]: Multiple eyewitnesses have reported that Benghazi  is now in the hands of protesters and their military allies, some after dropping allegiances to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. VIDEO: Protester describes offensive

CNN cannot independently confirm these reports, as the Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from  CNN for access to the country.

[Updated: 11:33 p.m. Sunday Libya; 4:33 p.m. Sunday ET]: Libya's ambassador to the Arab League has resigned amid unrest in the country. Abdel Elhuni said he quit because he cannot be part of a regime that kills innocent people.


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  1. Cesar

    It is in the best interest of Egypt and its neighbors to have a pro-American government that is good to its people while at the same time an enemy to terrorists. Iran is terrorist friendly and has indirectly caused loss of American lives; to use your terminology, Iran does "butt in other" people's business. This does not bother you because you hate America, its people, and its military. You will NEVER denounce the true enemy.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    And so I put it to you my fellow Americans, let us continue to make our presence known as a friend to democracy and an enemy of oppression and terrorism. Make no mistake, our journey will continue. Let those true to the people be our friend. By the same token, that those oppressive dictators and countries be an enemy not only to their own people, but to the American people as well. Freedom for all, thank you!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Gee whiz Phunnie boy,if you want to display your arrogance and self righteousness about the right of the U.S. to butt into the affairs of other countries,at least quit using my name to do it,will you? Enough is enough!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gabriel C from Venezuela

    I find it disgusting how people clinging to state power always refer to their own political views as "the country". So when Saif Gaddafi says Libya, its cristal clear he means his father. In Venezuela something similar happens when "chavistas" speak of us, "el pueblo"; they usually mean whatever part we should play in their political delusions.

    I gather that social networks are now a tool for people to resist this sort of governmental mis-representations. Does anyone know what role are these playing in Libya's state of affairs?

    February 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cessar

    Hello hello

    February 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cessar

    Cezar Cesarr Sesar Sezar Yuma. Yumma Cessar. Hello Good night world.

    February 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PhillyRN

    One oil company that does business with M.G. and Libya is BP. Yep. British Petroleum. That's why they worked out a deal to release the cancer ridden Lockerbie Bomber who turned out to have plenty of good days left in him - in exchange for consideration for BP. Thanks Great Britain, for propping up a dictatorship!

    February 21, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Darrin G.

    And this is yet another despot that the American government has propped up. Something to really be proud of.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    We need to stay out of other countries' affairs. The right-wing thugs in Washington are much too spoiled. I have to go off line now. I am going with Dorothy to see the Wizzard of Oz; if I only had a brain.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. angel

    If anyone tries to touch isreal its all over that's god chosen people if your not right with god u better repent and be bapitized in the name of jesus and filled with his spirit that the only way u can make it to heaven hell is a place of torment and where the fire is burning hot if u don't change that where people will be throwed in when the world ends that soon cause u just have to look at the world its getting real bad its not to late to change

    February 24, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
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