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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    and he lacked the appropriate pineapple face to lead...

    February 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Abdel Elhuni

    i dont have a pinapple face and i dont like to kill innocent people.. i only like to kill guilty people and cats that don't behave..

    February 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

    @Abdel Elhuni

    don't be a quitter... you can do it if you try hard enuff.. just do it for mother nature...

    February 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rtunoly

    Well done...right decision

    February 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ledalasvegas

    This would be easier to take seriously if "League" was spelled correctly in the headline.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Taiwo, Lagos, Nigeria

    The days of Ghadaff are numbered he won't survive. Enough is enough.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name*exult168


    February 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |

    Let's just hope that neither stinking C.I.A. nor the cursed British M-6 are involved in this. If Mohammar Qadafi has to fall,let's hope that the West won't gain from it,but I'm afraid that I'm hoping wrong!

    February 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |

      if Mohammar Qadafi is going to fall he needs life alert... help i fallin aannd cant get up..

      February 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Mo going will be a benefit to the WORLD.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RuffNutt

    I think the CIA and M-6 are involved in this great fiasco for Qadafi Such Great News!! I love America!

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

      YOU forgot 007.. he's real you know..

      February 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Don't let these goons get you goat,RUFFNUTT,by posting their stupid jokes under your name. They're jealous of your intelligence. They do that to me,too especially Phunnie boy!

      February 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*Sora

    Will this be a freedom year for Arab people? let's see...

    February 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I called it. All of Africa, and some of the middle east, are going through an Enlightening. Read about em, cool to actually see one.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hanan

    The Libyan people are an honorable and just people who o......nly want their freedom
    Safi talked about oil he meant his father , they want to bomb the oil .IF as he said Drugs people what about the child just 1year and half had been killed.
    Libya don't have money .. His dad own all the money. Where Safi was when the people had been killed ? Do you know how people had been killed 400 in Bengazi . that was last number I know.
    I 'm from Bengahzi , Yes we are tribe that fact but we parct each other

    February 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Hanan, Do you know the names of the Oil companies in Libya? We might be able to pressure them to force Gadhafis hand.

      February 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Bob, this is in reply to your reply to Hanan - one oil company doing business with M.G. and Libya is BP.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      I heard a rumor on Twitter that the G's have fled to Venezuela. Why not London, where he owns a 10 million pound flat? Those pesky human rights prosecutions and whatnot. Isn't Venezuela a signatory of UN rules on human rights and the ICC?

      February 21, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Benghazi is now in the hands of protesters and their military allies, per Twitter, which appears to have the most reliable coverage of all of the uprisings. This is the latest Philadelphia, the new Tarir Square. Good job Benghazians.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |

    they should start running whenever they hear a helocopter comming..

    February 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    I'm glad CNN took such close look at Libya development. I wonder did CNN look this closely to Bahrain development where 300+ people were dead? How fast did their news die down comparing to Libya?

    February 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    @Hanan: You need guns to protect each other.

    February 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
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