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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 5:20pm
TRIPOLI, LIBYA— The unrest in the Middle East continues as protests in Libya continue Monday.
Weeks after the first protests began in Tunisia, Jordan, and Egypt, now the people of Libya took to the streets to protest against their government.
More than 200 people have been killed as Moammar Khaddafy's regime fought against protesters. Reports said Libyan military aircraft have been firing on protesters in the capital.
The protests began in Benghazi, a city in the eastern part of the country where there were hundreds of people killed over the weekend, particularly at funeral marches.
Fires were burning in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and thousands of protesters took to the streets. Reports said electricity was out, and phone services were difficult. Foreigners and media have been banned for several days, and some sources have also said that senior government ministers and diplomats are now abandoning their posts.
And many other reports are suggesting Libya is coming apart.
It is unknown where Khaddafy is, but there is speculation he is somewhere in the country, although some reports said he was headed to Venezuela, but those rumors have been denied.
Two fighter pilots purportedly flied their aircraft to Malta, a European island nation off the coast of North Africa, after they refused to carry out orders to shoot on protesters like their colleagues.
Meanwhile, in Cairo, Rome and Sydney, sympathy protests were held demanding an end to the Libyan leader's four decades in power.