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Another bloody day in Libya

Chloe Tilley Chloe Tilley | 13:21 UK time, Wednesday, 9 March 2011


This topic was discussed on World Have Your Say on 9 March 2011. Listen to the programme.

Colonel Gaddafi has again appeared on state TV making a defiant speech saying his people will take up arms if a no-fly zone is imposed by Western nations or the UN, as many of the rebels have been calling for. It's an option actively being discussed by the US and UK, although only with UN backing. France is also backing Britain's push for a no-fly zone.

Meanwhile in Libya the fighting is continuing. Forces loyal to Col Gaddafi have been continuing a major offensive in the western city of Zawiya.

The government's cut communication and journalists aren't allowed in the area but there are reports of heavy artillery being used as more tanks move in. There are also reports of more shelling in the oil port of Ras Lanuf.

More than 1,000 people are believed to have died since rebels began their uprising nearly three weeks ago to end Col Gaddafi's 41 years in power. The UN estimates that about 212,000 people - most of them migrant workers - have fled the country.

We'll be speaking to Libyans inside and outside of the country and finding out the latest on the ground.

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