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. Justice786

    Libya, the world is watching. Whether or not Obama does anything, the people of the United States who cherish freedom and democracy extends its arms to you in solidarity while you are struggling with your lives for freedom from oppression.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Like I said before,neither the U.S. nor any other Western country has any business butting into Libya's internal affairs. We need to let the chips fall where they may. We still have far too many stooges in that region who need to go!

      February 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aubrey

    CNN Newsroom is reporting the news of the situation in Libya. They keep saying "if the protests move to Tripoli." My sister is in Tripoli, Libya and called us 3 hours ago saying she could hear live gunfire on the street outside their house as well as grenade explosions. The news is behind on the most current happenings in Libya. Things are happening fast.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      I hope your sister stays safe. Cnn is getting a D for there coverage. You have better data than CNN does.

      February 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      Libya's government won't let foreign journalists into the country. CNN can't get anyone inside to cover this. It takes them time to collect information from other sources.

      February 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bob

    Gadhafis' son said that investors and corps. will pull out. Please tell me who is invested in that country? Who would do business with that family? CNN should follow up on that part of the story!

    February 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Bob, BP is one big investor there in Libya. Gulf oil spill BP? Yeah, that one.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    With a speech like that, Moammar Gadhafi's son better forget getting into the Public Relations biz.
    I can't count the number of times he said that "Lybia is not like Egypt or Tunisia".
    Or the amount of times I heard "guns", "civil war"...and then AFTER 42 years he is promising his country everything INCLUDING the KITCHEN SINK.
    This guy is scared, they know the party is over.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shawn

    from the news im seeing and reading. its already over in Libya. the bigger larger trible leaders are against him and threatened cutting off the oil police and securety forces are defecting and your not on top of any of this

    February 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ziv

    Arabic Democracy: One man, One vote, One time.
    As seen in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Iran...

    Or as Turkey's Erdogan put it:
    Democracy is like a street car, when you get where you want to go, you get off.

    Don't mistake hatred for the status quo as a desire for democracy. They don't know and wouldn't care for it if moved in next door. Arabs want stability and steady increases in their standard of living. Most of them don't require a cell phone and a BMW to be satisfied, they would be happy with a steady job for themselves and their boys, electricity 24 hours a day and a steady price for food. Vote more than once a generation? Why take the time if the regime is delivering the goods?

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

      very accurate post...and funny too

      February 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sharif

    Saif must be on drugs. He started with saying that he would talk to the people in straight truth, then the first thing he says is not true when he claimed that all the people on whom his thugs fired are drunk or drug people. He also claimed that those african mercenaries are improted by the opposition. What he said can not be any farther from the truth. This guy must be crazy to diminish the sacrifice that those martyrs paid for the taste of freedom

    February 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Waldo

    I wish Qudafi was nice to the Libyan people. And I hope the people from there can be treeted good because they never hurt nobody.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Uh Huh

    The comments on here are all Egypt:Redux. Now the question is: when will the "Obama is to blame" comments start? Discuss.

    February 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |

      it's not his fault he to dumb to know we need jobs...

      February 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maxwelle

    this is a job for the un and nato. as i'm sure they'll be involved in the "oil rich" country. Peace must be restored at all costs and democracy must be put in place. That government needs to go for killing protestors

    February 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CJ

    If his son is told to restore order "at any cost" then he should just dispose of his ruthless father and herald in a new era of peace and order.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Uh Huh

    I couldn't agree more, CJ.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rupert

    I agree with Uh huh.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jon

    Looks like Saif is running scared, and knows he and his father are finished. Funny how after army units turn against him, and the protesters are beginning to win territory, he is going to negotiate. He'll be lucky to escape his country. Meanwhile, let's hope sympathetic mercenaries help the Libyan people to overthrow these murdering cowards.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    AHEAD OF THE CURVE. .MON: More unrest in Libya. Qafafi not happy. .TUE: Egypt starts to normalize. . WED: Sarah Palin says she may run for president in 2012. THR: New star found 50 billion light years away with possible earthly life. FRI: Osama Bin Laden seen hiding with rats in New York City sewer.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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