Violence, protests in Libyan cities
Libyans who support Moammer Gadhafi fought against those who are protesting for him to step down as Libya's leader.
March 6th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Violence, protests in Libyan cities

Below is the latest on where things stand in various Libyan cities, based on CNN reporting, witnesses and government claims. See a full story on the weeks-old crisis.

BENGHAZI: Long a stronghold of the opposition, Benghazi appears to remain under opposition control. The National Transitional Council, a group with 31 opposition representatives for most of the regions in Libya, met in the eastern port city Saturday.

On Sunday, a group of British special forces who were briefly detained in Benghazi were let go and they returned to Europe, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement. They had been sent there to "initiate contacts with the opposition."

BIN JAWAD: Fighting was under way Sunday for control of Bin Jawad. Medical sources told CNN five people have been killed in the city so far. CNN could hear steady booms in the area Sunday evening. It was unclear whether the sounds came from aerial bombardment or heavy artillery.

MISRATA: A witness says the opposition managed to repel government forces Sunday after they converged on a courthouse the opposition was using as a base of operations in the city. The witness described jubilation afterward as people celebrated success over the heavily armed forces. The witness spoke to CNN even as pro-Gadhafi demonstrators in Tripoli declared that the government had taken back Misrata.

A doctor at Central Misrata Hospital said 42 people were killed - 17 from the opposition and 25 from pro-Gadhafi forces - and 85 were wounded, most of them in civilian clothing, in the fighting Sunday. The youngest victim, 3 years old, was killed by direct fire, the doctor said.

U.N. emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos, in a statement, urged Libyan authorities to "provide access without delay to aid workers to save lives," describing conditions there as dire.

RAS LANUF: A government official proclaimed Sunday that the government has taken back Ras Lanuf. But CNN's Ben Wedeman, who was in the Ras Lanuf area, reported that that claim is "patently false." The city appeared to be under the control of rebels, according to the CNN crew there. And on Saturday, the opposition announced that it had prevented the government from capturing Ras Lanuf.

TOBRUK: Libyan state TV claimed that the government had gained control of the eastern port city. "Morning victory, oh people of Libya. Victory city of Tobruk from terrorist gangs," the station said.

However, witnesses there said the city remained under opposition control.

TRIPOLI: Another large pro-Gadhafi demonstration was held Sunday in the Libyan capital. A witness said police were searching cars to try to prevent anti-Gadhafi protesters from coming out on the streets.

ZAWIYA: A Libyan government official proclaimed Sunday that the government has taken back Zawiya. But CNN was not allowed into the city to verify that independently. CNN also was unable to call people in Zawiya on Sunday; reports said communications had been cut off. On Saturday, the opposition announced that it had prevented pro-government forces from taking Zawiya.

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  1. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    My pussi is aching.
    When will i git a break? I still can't find Trippolii on da globe. Sometimes I wish my brain was bigger then a pea. OWE!! Its starting to hurt again.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Davis

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    March 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

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    March 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Davis

    Just because I like men in tight jeans and rub hot oil on my chest doesn't give you a right to talk to me in that manner angryman. By the way frank, I am getting hot reading your posts.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |

    The poor language cannot continue. Our Technology Dept. has detected three different individuals blogging into our system continuous profanities. Please refrain from such acts or our Legal Dept. may take legal action.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Tell that to the Tea Partiers,please. I'm sick and tired of the language they use!

      March 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    To all of you motherfukkers, go and tell your mom frank wants to fukk them, I have a small dik but I don't kumm easy

    March 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I want you to know CNN CHIEF EDITOR,that I'm the true Frank here and that I never posted the above as I'm no Tea Partier and have no use for that kind of language. However,I respect the right of the Tea Partiers to their opinion but not their choice of words!

      March 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Centrist

    Not everyone who opposes Gadhafi is a tea party member. Only the Devil works in absolutes. I don't condone the troll's words, but maybe people are tired of a select few on here hijacking the debate. Being extreme left doesn't make you better than the extreme right. I want peace more than anything, but sitting back and doing nothing all the time will only allow the brutality to fester and grow, until we have no choice but to act. By that time more force will be needed to cut out the cancer. America has it's problems, but people hate us around the world, because we always use a sledgehammer to fix a problem, or we ignore it. I don't care what Obama does as long as it happens quickly and actually works for the benefit of the people of Libya.

    March 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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