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AlJazeeraEnglish | February 20, 2011
Shortly after Seif Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s longtime leader, warned in a Sunday-night speech that the country would descend into “civil war” if protests continued, a Libyan American spoke with his brother in Tripoli, who described intense combat in the capital, where anti-government protesters were attacked after taking the main square.
“Non-stop” gunfire in Libya’s capital
Death toll rises in Libyan unrest
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is confronting the most serious challenge to his rule in 42 years.
Government forces have been unleashed onto protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi, where one hospital official put the death toll at 200.
Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker takes a look at the scale of the unrest in the country.
Libyan violence spreads to Tripoli
Violent clashes reportedly broke out late Sunday in Tripoli’s central Green Square.
In a televised address just a few hours ago, Saif El Islam Gadaffi said his father would stand firm, and the country could plunge into civil war if the protests don’t stop.
He said foreign media, Islamists, even drug addicts were part of a plot to bring down the government, and break up the country.
Meanwhile, demonstrators in Benghazi claim to be in control of the city, despite yet another brutal crackdown.
Human Right Watch says at least 233 people have died – with security forces continuing to use force to end the demonstrations.
Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman has the latest.
Protests, “riots” and shooting in Tripoli
Rahma, an activist in Libya’s capital, tells Al Jazeera that her father – a US citizen – was arrested after a joining a peaceful protest in front of Tripoli’s main courthouse on Sunday.