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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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Uh Huh

    Ahead Of The Curve: CNN's crystal ball.

    February 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Believe me, we know the difference, guys!

    February 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    On second thought, the U.S. should try to mold and influence countries that are in need of help. Case in point, Anwar Saddat was assisanated. This became a region for potential war and instability. So the U.S. was instrumental in getting a pro-western government in Egypt. Sorry folks, I didn't mean to sound so anti-American in the above post. Thank you.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry folks,I didn't post that stupid comment above. Phunnie boy's at it again. Pay him no heed,please!

      February 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @banasy, hi darlin!

    February 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Cesar: hi, sweetie!

    February 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @stuart, hi pumpkin.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Posey

      Come on Phunnie boy,enough is enough. Get serious and stop usurping other people's IDs,please!

      February 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    LMAO, Cesar!

    February 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Folks, I really do believe the U.S. needs to look out for its security interests at home and abroad. The U.S. is fighting a war on terrorism 24/7, and needs friendly Middle Eastern governments to help achieve this. Thus it is not "butting" in, but rather negotiating for a better and safer world. Thank you.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Here goes Phunnie boy again,mimicking me. Just ignore it,please!

      February 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |

      Actually Cesar, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have nothing to do with our national security nor with our rights or freedoms. Saying otherwise is just pure right-wing propaganda!

      February 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom Posey

    I want to reiterate what Cesar already said,that is we have a moral obligation not to interfere in the Middle East or anywhere else where we have no business. People who believe otherwise are either ignorant or quite hateful so to speak. We have too many problems here to worry about the rest of the world.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Quite true Tom,quite true. You said it all. Thank you.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • utlonghorn

      only if they have oil, or they may stop playing good with little baby Isreal

      February 21, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • ziv

      UT, now that Israel has more natural gas than anyone in the Med region, they won't be baby Israel in anyones' eyes. Can you imagine what they are going to be like in 3 years when they are in the midst of converting their economy to a natural gas basis with millions of dollars flowing into the governments coffers every day? The Leviathan and Rachel finds are like a gift from God! I love the way that Lebanon simply states that gas in Israeli waters belongs to Lebanon, and then the Lebanese don't even bother to explore for their own, likely, gas fields.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom Jenkins

    Rebuttal to Tom Posey: True, the United States has problems at home, but the global world has become smaller, so to speak. World stability is vital for both military and economic reasons. This country cannot shun its back to the world. Agree or don't agree, I don't go around calling people ignorant just because they disagree with me.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      You're right about one thing,Tom. We don't have a right to call those who don't agree with us names. Onthe other hand,I want to reiterate Tom Posey's point that we have no right to intervene in places where we have no business. We need to adopt a laissez-faire foreign policy.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    *Facepalm* Sigh.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Thank you Tom Jenkins, it's as if you took the words right out of my mouth. I ditto Mr. Jenkins. And Mr. Posey, shame, shame, shame, adults don't resort to name calling, but it's ok, I forgive you.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry folks,I never posted the above. This Phunnie boy doesn't give up trying to make a fool out of me. Shame on him!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I don't know what's more tedious. Him posting in your name or you saying it's not you. OW quit it OW quit it OW quit it

      February 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RuffNutt

    I can't believe someone is using my name again. Right-wing propa what? I need some weed. Get that darn cat away from my camaro!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |

      Now I know how you feel,Cesar. This jerk just did the same thing to me too as one can plainly see above.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    The war in Afganistan has a lot to do with security and stability. Saying otherwise would be pure anti-democratic propaganda.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Here goes Phunnie boy again. He knows better than what he posted here.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tarik

    CNN is acting like Egyptian Media in manufacturing lies. This station is no better than Fix News. Shame on you...I just heard their report from DC say that US has no leverage on Gadafi...really they seemd to have enough when they were after his oil and reparations for Lockerbie victims. How about War crimes and tell him that he will end up there whether he stays in power of not? But good anyway, this way the hero libyan can claim alone the credit for crashing that vermine, just like Egypt did, and Tounes did. After all we only know how to go destroy countries, we can't even voice disdain at genocide of unarmed people.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Posey

      Good point,Tarik. We have no right to judge other countries on the merits of human rights after we went to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq,needlessly killing thousands of people who didn't deserve to die and causing needless damage.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Tarik, the Lockerbie bomber went home to receive full military honors, courtesy of Great Britain. That's how much "pull" the US has with Gad-awful.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
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