Libya

Close to civil war


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Saif Gaddafi, the son of Colonel Gaddafi the Libyan leader has said on state television that the country is close to civil war.

Reports coming out of the country are confusing because of the lack of independent media. Nevertheless video footage and telephone messages would suggest that there have been hundreds of fatalities, that sniper and automatic weapons fire has been used against anti government protesters.

Some protesters are saying that in the east of the country, around Benghazi, protesters have taken control and that the main ‘battleground’ is now Tunis. They also report that some army units have joined the protesters.

The television performance by Saif Gaddafi appears to be unscripted, nervous and at times belligerent which would suggest that the regime has lost control.

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