(AFP) – Feb 17, 2011
NICOSIA — At least four people were shot dead in clashes with security forces in protests against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime, opposition websites and Libyan NGOs based abroad reported on Thursday.
They said the clashes took place on Wednesday in Al-Baida, a town in eastern Libya.
"Internal security forces and militias of the Revolutionary Committees used live ammunition to disperse a peaceful demonstration by the youth of Al-Baida," leaving "at least four dead and several injured," said Libya Watch, a London-based human rights group.
Opposition websites, including Libya Al-Youm, likewise based in London, also said at least four protesters were killed by gunfire.
Geneva-based rights group Human Rights Solidarity, citing witnesses, meanwhile, said that snipers on rooftops had killed as many as 13 protesters and wounded dozens of others.
Videos circulating on the Internet showed dozens of young Libyans apparently gathered on Wednesday night in Al-Baida chanting, "The people want to bring down the regime," and a building on fire.
Libya faces a nationwide "Day of Anger" on Thursday called by cyber-activists, two days after clashes in the country's second largest city Benghazi left at least 38 people injured, including 10 security forces members.
Amnesty International, Britain and European Union on Wednesday night urged against the use of force, while Washington called on Tripoli to "take specific measures to respond to the aspirations, needs and hopes" of its people.
On the eve of the Day of Anger, text messages circulated across the Libyan mobile network from "the youth of Libya" warning against crossing "four red lines: Moamer Kadhafi, territorial integrity, Islam and internal security."
"We will confront anyone in any square or avenue of our beloved country," the message read.
Hundreds of regime supporters marched on Wednesday in Benghazi and Tripoli and other Libyan cities, in news bulletins on state television that showed protesters waving flags and portraits of Kadhafi.
The Revolutionary Committees, the backbone of Kadhafi's regime, have warned they would not allow anti-regime protesters to "plunder the achievements of the people and threaten the safety of citizens and the country's stability."
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