Alert for Libya
Senior police officer shot dead in Sirte - 10 December 2013:
A senior police officer has been killed by unknown gunmen near his home in the coastal city of Sirte. Colonel Ramadan al-Turouk, head of the local passport and immigration office, was shot dead in his car on Monday night.
US teacher shot dead in Benghazi - 5 December 2013:
A US teacher working at an international school has been shot dead near his home in the eastern city of Benghazi. The school's director Adel al Mansouri said that the chemistry teacher was gunned down while he was running in the Fweihat district. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.
Inmates escape from prison in south Libya - 2 December 2013:
At least 40 inmates have escaped from a prison in southern Libya after it was stormed by unknown gunmen. The prison director told the state news agency LANA that the inmates manage to flee the prison in the city of Sabha around dawn on Friday.
Blast at arms depot kills 40 in southern Libya - 29 November 2013:
At least 40 people have been killed in an explosion at an arms depot in southern Libya. According to reports the blast occurred as a group of locals and African migrants were entering the depot in Brak al-Chati to steal ammunition and copper.
Army clashes with Islamist militia in Benghazi - 25 November 2013:
At least nine people have been killed after Libyan troops clashed with members of an Islamist militia in the eastern city of Benghazi. The army ordered residents to stay off the streets and declared a "state of alert" after fighting broke out with the Ansar al-Sharia militia in the Ras Obeida area.
Military chief survives assassination attempt in Benghazi - 18 November 2013:
A regional military governor has survived an assassination attempt in the restive eastern city of Benghazi. Colonel Abdallah al-Saati was ambushed as his convoy passed through the al-Hadeq area of the city, leaving one of his staff members dead and another seriously wounded.
Tripoli clashes leave 27 dead - 15 November 2013:
At least 27 people have been killed and 235 others wounded after members of a local militia opened fire on demonstrators in the Gharghour district of Tripoli. A local resident said that members of the Misrata militia began firing heavy weapons from their headquarters when the protesters arrived at the scene.
Rival militias battle in Libyan capital - 8 November 2013:
Rival militias have clashed in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, leaving at least one person dead ond a dozen more wounded. The fighting was reportedly sparked when the leader of an armed group, Nuri Friwan, was shot dead by Soug al-Jomaa fighters at a checkpoint in eastern Tripoli.
East Libya movement declares regional government - 4 November 2013:
The leaders of the East Libya movement have announced an autonomous regional government, challenging the central political base in Tripoli. At a meeting in the town of Ajdabiya the group's leaders held a swearing in ceremony for the new 'Barqa' government, which was broadcast on a pro-federalist television station.
Gunmen target security van in Sirte - 29 October 2013:
Gunmen have stolen $54 million in an attack on a security van in the coastal city of Sirte. A group of ten men ambushed the vehicle as it was transporting the money between the airport and a branch of the Libyan central bank.
Rebel militia detains foreign nationals over bombings - 23 October 2013:
A brigade of former rebels has detained several foreign nationals accused of carrying out recent car bombings in the eastern city of Benghazi. Local reports named the group which carried out the arrests as the al-Saraya al-Shuhada brigade; however, military sources told the BBC that they had no official authority. The detainees, including seven Chadians, have also been accused of being responsible for the recent assassinations of several security officials in the city.
Gunmen kill military police commander in Benghazi - 18 October 2013:
Gunmen have killed a military police commander in the eastern city of Benghazi. Ahmed al-Barghathi, head of the military police's investigative division, was shot dead as he left his house in the city to attend Friday prayers.
Bomb explodes outside Swedish consulate in Benghazi - 11 October 2013:
A car bomb has exploded outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, causing serious damage but no reported casualties. The blast follows a series of similar attacks on foreign embassies in the county; earlier this month the Russian embassy evacuated its staff after gunmen attacked their compound.
Libyan PM freed hours after he was seized by gunmen - 10 October 2013:
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been released hours after he was seized by a former militia in Tripoli. Mr Zeidan was abducted from his hotel in the city by a rebel group, who later claimed the action was taken after the government allowed the US commando raid on al-Qaeda suspect Anas al-Liby on Saturday.
US special forces raids Islamist militant in Libya - 6 October 2013:
Members of the US special forces have carried out a raid in Libya targeting Islamist militants, capturing a senior al-Qaeda leader. Anas al-Liby, who is accused of orchestrating the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was seized in the capital Tripoli following a 15-year manhunt.
Gunmen kill 15 soldiers at Bani Walid checkpoint - 5 October 2013:
Gunmen have attacked a checkpoint to the south-east of Tripoli, killing at least 15 Libyan soldiers. A military official said that the attackers, who were heavily armoured, carried out the ambush at a post on the main highway between Bani Walid and Tarhouna.
Russian embassy evacuated after attack - 3 October 2013:
The Russian embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli has been evacuated after gunmen attacked the compound. The foreign ministry in Moscow suggested that the incident was a revenge attack after a Libyan national was killed by a Russian citizen. Security guards repelled the group of around 60 gunmen and no staff were wounded.
Berber protesters force their way into parliament - 13 August 2013:
A group of Berber protester have forced their way into Libya's parliament building in Tripoli before smashing windows and destroying furniture. The members of the ethnic minority group were calling for improved cultural rights in the country.
Journalist shot dead in Benghazi - 11 August 2013:
A Libyan TV journalist has been shot dead in his car in the restive eastern city of Benghazi. Ezzedine Qusad, a presenter on the satellite station al-Hurra, had just left a mosque in the city when three gunmen opened fire on him. It has been reported that a few days earlier Mr Qusad had received a death threat for delivering a speech to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Twin blasts hit Benghazi after prison break - 29 July 2013:
At least 13 people have been wounded after two bombs exploded outside judicial buildings in the restive eastern city of Benghazi. The incident occurred after local residents stormed the al-Kwyfah prison in the city, resulting in some 1,200 inmates escaping.
RPG hits Tripoli building near PM's flat - 24 July 2013:
A rocket-propelled grenade has hit a building in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, close to a hotel where the prime minister has an apartment. No injuries were reported in the attack.
Gunmen kill retired colonel in Derna - 22 July 2013:
A retired colonel has been assassinated by gunmen in the eastern city of Derna, the latest in a series of targeted killings in the country. Colonel Abdullateef Amdawi al-Dali Almzeni, who served under former leader General Muammar Gaddafi, was killed while he was driving from his home to the al-Jbela area of the city.
Oil terminal stormed by gunmen in Zueitina - 17 July 2013:
A group of armed protesters have stormed an oil terminal in the eastern city of Zueitina, demanding that workers stop production. The raid followed a strike by workers at the facility, who were demanding improved pay and conditions.
Car bomb targets army checkpoint in Benghazi - 3 July 2013:
At least seven people have been wounded after a car bomb was detonated at a checkpoint manned by members of the Joint Security Force in Benghazi. Another device was thrown at a security patrol on Dubai Street in the city; however, no injuries were reported in this attack.
Six Libyan soldiers killed at checkpoint - 25 June 2013:
At least six Libyan soldiers have been killed in an attack by gunmen at a checkpoint near the coastal city of Sirte. No group have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Bomb found under Italian embassy car in Libya (Tripoli) - 12 June 2013:
Diplomats parked their car in Zawiyat Dahmani area in central Tripoli to go shopping. A suspicious device was seen under the car by the driver and the vehicle was severely damaged in a controlled explosion. No one was hurt.
Violent protest leaves 11 dead in Benghazi - 8 June 2013:
At least 11 people have been killed after violent protests erupted in the eastern city of Benghazi. A further 58 people were wounded in the unrest, which occurred when demonstrators gathered outside the Libya Shield Brigade headquarters calling for all militias to be disbanded.
Five killed in tribal clashes in southern Libya - 5 June 2013:
At least five people have been killed after a feud between members of the al-Shourafa and Tobu tribes turned violent in the southern town of Zweila. Several cars and houses were also reportedly destroyed during the violence. Since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi the Libyan government has struggled to impose order in the remote southern parts of the country.
Libyan soldier killed in Benghazi attack - 29 May 2013:
A Libyan soldier has been shot dead and three others wounded in an attack by unknown gunmen in the eastern city of Benghazi. According to a security official the gunmen managed to escape from the scene.
Gunmen attack gas complex in western Libya - 20 May 2013:
Gunmen have attacked a gas complex in western Libya, wounding two guards before escaping with stolen weapons and military vehicles. The Mellitah plant near Zwara was previously attacked by two rebel groups in March, causing production to stop for several days.
Car bomb kills 12 in Benghazi - 13 May 2013:
At least 12 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded near a hospital in the eastern city of Benghazi. The incident follows a series of bombings at police stations in the city, along with wider political unrest in the country.
Police stations bombed in Benghazi - 12 May 2013:
Two police stations have been targeted in bomb attacks in the eastern city of Benghazi. The incident occurred just days after two other stations were bombed in the city.
Armed men stage protest outside justice ministry in Tripoli - 30 April 2013:
Armed men have surrounded the justice ministry in Tripoli to demand the removal of all Gaddafi-era officials from public office. On Sunday gunmen staged similar protests outside the foreign ministry, which has remained blocked off since.
Gunmen surround foreign ministry in Tripoli - 28 April 2013:
A large group of heavily armed men have surrounded the foreign ministry in Tripoli to demand that officials from the Colonel Gaddafi-era be banned from the new administration. At least 20 vehicles loaded with anti-aircraft guns blocked the roads around the ministry, while armed men also tried to storm the ministry of interior and the state news agency.
Car bomb wounds two outside French embassy - 23 April 2013:
Two guards have been wounded after a car bomb exploded at the entrance of the French embassy in Tripoli. French President Francois Hollande called on Libya to act swiftly over the attack.
PM's senior advisor kidnapped in Tripoli - 1 April 2013:
Mohamed Ali Ghatous, a senior advisor to Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, is reported to have been kidnapped from the outskirts of Tripoli. His abandoned car was found in the Ghot al-Roman area of the city, and followed a series of death threats against members of the government.
Libyan troops arrested for sexual assault on aid workers - 29 March 2013:
Two Libyan soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting three British aid workers. The three women were on their way to Gaza when they were abducted at a checkpoint near the city of Benghazi.
Four foreign nationals arrested in Libya - 16 February 2013:
Four foreign nationals have been arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi, accused of being Christian missionaries. The group are suspected of printing and distributing thousands of books about Christianity in a country where proselytising is forbidden.
Threat to British embassy in Tripoli - 29 January 2013:
The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that there is a "potential threat" against the British Embassy in Tripoli. The report comes days after British nationals were urged to leave the eastern city of Benghazi due to a "specific threat."
Muslim Brotherhood official shot dead in Misrata - 27 January 2013:
A Muslim Brotherhood official and a member of the local council have been killed in the city of Misrata. The two men were shot dead by unknown gunmen as they left a mosque after morning prayers.
UK Foreign Office issues warning over Benghazi - 24 January 2013:
The UK Foreign Office has warned all British nationals to leave the eastern city of Benghazi over a "specific threat to Westerners". The briefing did not disclose the specific nature of the threat.
Italian diplomat shot at in Benghazi - 12 January 2013:
Unknown gunmen have opened fire on an Italian diplomat, who was travelling in a bullet-proof car in Benghazi. Guido De Sanctis escaped unharmed from the attack.
Chief investigator kidnapped in Benghazi - 03 January 2013:
The acting head of the criminal investigation unit in Benghazi has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the eastern city of Benghazi. Abdelsalam al-Mahdawi was abducted at traffic lights as he made his way to work.
Two killed in Coptic church blast - 30 December 2012:
Two Egyptians have been killed in a bomb attack on a Coptic church near the city of Misrata. The attack took place in the small town of Dafiniyah in a church popular with Egyptian nationals.
Libya closes southern borders indefinitely - 16 December 2012:
Libya's has closed its southern borders with Chad, Niger, Sudan and Algeria and declared seven southern regions as restricted military areas. A parliament spokesman did not confirmed how long the borders would remain shut for, and said the move was aimed at tackling the increasing lawlessness in the south.
Police chief killed in Benghazi - 21 November 2012:
The head of police in Benghazi, Faraj al-Deirsy, has been shot dead in the restive city of Benghazi. Mr al-Deirsy was shot multiple times by unknown gunmen outside his house in the city.
Armed militiamen besiege Libya's parliament - 02 November 2012:
A group of around 100 armed militiamen have occupied Libya's parliament in protest at the cabinet line-up of new Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. The protesters are reported to be unhappy that some members of the cabinet have links to the regime of Colonel Gaddafi.
Fighting in Bani Walid leaves 26 people dead - 22 October 2012:
At least 26 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and pro-Gaddafi rebels in the town of Bani Walid. Hundreds of people have reportedly been fleeing the town after fighting erupted on Saturday.
Mass breakout at Tripoli prison - 15 October 2012:
More than 100 prisoners have escaped from a prison in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Around half of the inmates were promptly recaptured, while the national guard have setup roadblocks in the area to hunt down the remaining prisoners.
Ali Zidan elected new prime minister - 14 October 2012:
Libya's General National Congress (GNC) has elected Ali Zidan as Libya's new prime minister. Mr Zidan, who defected from the Gaddafi regime in 1980, has been asked to propose a cabinet within two weeks.
Congress sacks Libya's prime minister - 08 October 2012:
Libya's General National Congress (GNC) has forced Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur out of office following a vote of no-confidence. The decision leaves Libya without a leader, and the GNC with four weeks to elect a new premier.
US official killed after militants storm consulate - 12 September 2012:
A US official has been killed after militants stormed the United States consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The attackers were reportedly incensed by an American-made film which ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.
Three killed in Sufi shrine clashes - 07 September 2012:
At least three people have been killed in clashes between local residents and Islamic extremists over the latters attempt to destroy a Sufi shrine. The fighting took place in the eastern town of Rajma after the Salafist Islamists attempted to destroy the Sidi al-Lafi mausoleum.
Two killed in twin car bombing - 19 August 2012:
At least two people have been killed after two car bombs exploded in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The city's security chief said that the bombs had been detonated remotely by loyalists to former dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
Libyan armed forces close border with Egypt - 16 August 2012:
Libya's armed forces have closed the border with Egypt after a border guard was killed at the Amsad crossing during a gunfight with a group of suspected people traffickers. A large deployment of Libyan troops have been dispatched to the area.
Red Cross building attacked in Misrata - 05 August 2012:
A Red Cross building in the coastal city of Misrata has been attacked by unknown assailants. The attackers used grenades and rockets to target the building, causing considerable damage. The agency later said that it has suspended work in Misrata and in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Bomb blast reported in Benghazi - 01 August 2012:
A major explosion has been reported in the eastern city of Benghazi, apparently targeting a military intelligence building in the city. The blast comes hours after a break-in at the city's Kowaifiyah prison, which was stormed by a group of gunmen.
Iran Red Crescent team kidnapped in Benghazi - 31 July 2012:
Seven members of the Iranian Red Crescent delegation have been kidnapped by armed men in the eastern city of Benghazi. The group were intercepted as they left the organisations headquarters in the city, before being driven away to an unknown location.
Military convoy attacked in Benghazi - 30 July 2012:
A military convoy carrying General Khalifa Hifter has been attacked by unknown assailants in the eastern city of Benghazi. The General was not hurt in the incident, which follows an increase in attacks on security personnel in recent weeks. According to a local militia commander 13 officials have been killed over the past month, including former military intelligence chief Colonel Suleiman Bouzz-Redah.
Troops deployed to restore order to western Libya - 17 June 2012:
Libyan troops have been deployed to western Libya to restore order following days of clashes between rival militias. The government has created a "military zone", which includes the towns of Zintan, Mizdah and Shegayga.
UK diplomatic convoy attacked in Benghazi - 11 June 2012:
A British diplomatic convoy has been attacked by assailants armed with RPGs in Benghazi. Two people was injured in the attack, however the British ambassador was unhurt.
Clashes in southern Libya leave 16 dead - 10 June 2012:
At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between government forces and tribal fighters in the southern town of Kufra. Members of the Toubou tribe allegedly attacked a security checkpoint in the town before trying to break into a government building.
Bomb targets US embassy in Benghazi - 06 June 2012:
A bomb has exploded outside of the US embassy offices in Benghazi, causing minor damage to the exterior of the building but no casualties. The US have called on the Libyan government to increase security in the region.
Militia seizes Tripoli airport - 04 June 2012:
Members of the al-Awfia brigade have seized control of Tripoli airport, demanding the release of the group's commander. At least two dozen militiamen used tanks and armoured vehicles to occupy the runway, forcing flights to be diverted.
Seven killed in Ghadames clashes - 16 May 2012:
At least seven people have been killed in clashes in the western town of Ghadames. It has been reported that an armed group of Tuareg rebels fought with residents from the town. The army has been sent to restore control.
Militias clashes leave 30 dead in Sabha - 27 March 2012:
At least 30 people have been killed after rival militias clashed in the southern city of Sabha. The National Transitional Council has sent forces to the city in an attempt to restore order.
Eastern Libya declared semi-autonomous - 06 March 2012:
Tribal leaders have declared an oil-rich region of eastern Libya to be semi-autonomous at at ceremony in Benghazi. A council has been appointed to run the affairs of the region, known as Cyrenaica, which runs from Sirte to the Egyptian border.
Fighting in al-Kufra leaves dozens dead - 21 February 2012:
Clashes between rival ethnic groups has left dozens of people dead in the eastern town of al-Kufra. The Zwai and Tebu groups have been fighting each other for over a week, with rockets and mortar fire reported in the city.
Rival militias clash in capital - 01 February 2012:
Rival militias have been engaged in a fierce gun battle in the Libyan capital Tripoli. The bulk of the fighting took place near the Marriott Hotel, situated on the el-Saadi beach.
Four killed as Gaddafi loyalists clash with NTC militia - 23 January 2012:
At least four people have been killed after supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi clashed with a militia loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC). The fighting broke out in the town of Bani Walid and included the use of heavy weaponry.
Militias clash outside Tripoli, two dead - 16 January 2012:
Two people have died and a further 40 injured following clashes between rival militias outside of Tripoli. Groups of armed men fired heavy weapons in the town of Gharyan, around 80km south of the capital.
Gunfire reported in Libyan capital - 11 December 2011:
Gunfire has been reported near the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Rival militias exchanged shots following a dispute which left four people dead.
Factional clashes leave seven dead near Zawiya - 14 November 2011:
At least seven people have been killed following several days of fighting between rival factions close to the northern city of Zawiya. Hundreds of troops have been deployed by the NTC to settle the feud.
Colonel Gaddafi killed in Sirte assault - 20 October 2011:
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly been killed during the NTC assault on his hometown of Sirte. The ex-leader died from injuries sustained in fighting as the opposition forces finally gained control of the last pro-Gaddafi stronghold.
Opposition fighters begin final assault on Sirte - 07 October 2011:
Fighters for the National Transitional Council have begun a final push on the town of Sirte, the last remaining stronghold of former leader Colonel Gaddafi. The NTC fighters have started bombarding the positions of pro-Gaddafi forces and street fighting has also been reported in the city.
Gaddafi regime close to collapse - 22 August 2011:
Rebel fighters have seized control of large parts of the Libyan capital Tripoli, with forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi now controlling only around 20% of the city. Fierce fighting is still being reported at the compound of Gaddafi, however it appears to be only a matter of time before the old regime collapses completely.
Rebels advance on Tripoli as fighting intensifies - 21 August 2011:
Groups of rebel fighters have begun to attack the Libyan capital Tripoli amid fierce fighting in and around the city. A Libyan government spokesman has said that around 1,300 people have been killed in fighting in the last 12 hours.
Rebel military leader killed - 29 July 2011:
Libya's rebel military commander, Abdel Fattah Younes, has been killed by unknown gunmen in Benghazi. Younes was previously Colonel Gaddafi's interior minister before defecting to the rebel side in February.
Civilians killed in Misrata shelling - 06 July 2011:
At least 11 people have been killed by shelling by pro-Gaddafi forces in the city of Misrata. Rebels claim that 57 people were wounded in the strikes, almost all of them civilians.
Arrest warrant issued for Colonel Gaddafi - 27 June 2011:
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libya's besieged leader, Colonel Gaddafi, on charges of crimes against humanity. The Libyan Justice Minister Mohammed al-Qamoodi said that the government "does not accept the decisions of the ICC which is a tool of the Western world to prosecute leaders in the Third World".
Civilians killed by Tripoli air strikes - 19 June 2011:
NATO officials have claimed that a systems failure may have been responsible for the civilian casualties caused by air strikes on the capital, Tripoli. The Libyan government have claimed that at least nine people were killed in the attacks.
NATO air strikes hit Libyan government buildings - 26 May 2011:
NATO have carried out a series of further air strikes on government buildings in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. On Monday at least 18 explosions were reported as NATO forces intensify the campaign against Colonel Gaddafi and his forces.
Rebels seize Misrata airport - 11 May 2011:
Libyan rebels have seized Misrata airport after fighting back pro-Gaddafi forces in the city. The airport is of significant strategic importance and its capture is, according to rebel fighters, "a major victory".
Gaddafi's son killed in NATO airstrike - 01 May 2011:
The youngest son of Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, has been killed by a NATO airstrike on a residential property in Tripoli. The Libyan leader was also in the building at the time but was unharmed by the strike.
Conflict spills over into Tunisia - 30 April 2011:
Pro-Gaddafi forces have been engaged in skirmishes with Tunisian troops in the town of Dhuheiba, three miles inside the Tunisian border. The Tunisian government has expressed "extreme indignation" over the violation of its territory.
Two photojournalists killed in Misrata - 20 April 2011:
Two photojournalists, one from the UK and the other from the US, have been killed in the Libyan city of Misrata while following the conflict in the country. They were reportedly killed by rocket-propelled grenade fire by pro-Gaddafi forces.
Conflict continues in central Libya - 05 April 2011:
Pro-Gaddafi forces are continuing to battle against rebel forces in central Libya. There has been intense fighting in the town of Brega.
Western coalition launch airstrikes against Gaddafi - 20 March 2011:
Coalition forces have launched a series of airstrikes against Libyan targets, firing more than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the process. The airstrikes have taken out anti-aircraft positions throughout the country and targeted a number of military installations.
Government announces ceasefire following UN resolution - 18 March 2011:
The Libyan government has announced an immediate ceasefire following a UN resolution which authorised a no-fly zone in the country. Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said that as a UN member state Libya was obliged to end all military operations.
Gaddafi's forces continue their advance towards Benghazi - 16 March 2011:
The forces of General Gaddafi have continued their eastward push towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Government soldiers have surrounded Ajdabiya, the last rebel town before Benghazi and there have also been continued clashes in the west of the country.
Pro-Gaddafi forces continue attacks on opposition - 09 March 2011:
Armed forces loyal to General Gaddafi have begun a sustained attack on opposition groups in Libya, forcing rebels from the strategically important town of Zawiya. The pro-Gaddafi forces have used a combination of heavy artillery and airstrikes to push the opposition forces back towards Benghazi in the east of the country.
BBC journalists detained and beaten by pro-Gaddafi forces - 08 March 2011:
Three BBC Arabic journalists have been detained and beaten by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya's capital, Tripoli. The three journalists were arrested at a checkpoint south of Zawiya and taken to military barracks in Tripoli where they were repeatedly beaten and subjected to a mock execution, before being released after 21 hours in detention.
Gaddafi loyalists launch counter attacks - 02 March 2011:
Supporters of General Gaddafi are fighting to regain control of territory taken by opposition forces in recent weeks. The pro-Gaddafi forces claimed to have taken a key oil installation in the town of Brega, a claim which was later disputed by opposition leaders. Further clashes between the two groups should be expected in the short term.
Anti-government protests in Tripoli as Gaddafi clings to power - 25 February:
Anti-government protesters have continued in Tripoli as the pressure on General Gaddafi to resign continues to build. There are reports that the protesters have come under heavy fire from security forces loyal to Gaddafi and at least three people have been killed in the latest clashes. The UN have said that thousands of people have been killed or injured over the last week.
Gaddafi loses control of east Libya -23 February 2011:
General Gaddafi's regime is reported to have lost control of larges areas of eastern Libya to anti-government protesters. The cities of Tobruk and Benghazi are now believed to be under the control of the opposition movement and government soldiers are reported to be switching their allegiances to the protesters.
Libyan security forces wage violent operations against protesters - 22 February 2011:
Libyan security forces are using increasing levels of violence in an attempt to maintain General Gaddafi's fragile grip on power. Around 300 people are believed to have been killed so far in the violence and reports suggest that fighter jets have been bombing targets in the capital, Tripoli.
More than 200 reported dead in continued unrest - 21 February 2011:
At least 230 people are reported to have been killed in civil unrest since last Thursday's "Day of Rage". Libyan armed forces are believed to have used live ammunition and tear gas to target demonstrators in the capital, Tripoli.
"Day of Rage" in Libya as Arab unrest spreads - 17 February 2011:
At least 24 people have been killed in Libya in anti-government protests, which has been deemed as a "Day of Rage" by organisers. Security forces are reported to have opened fire on demonstrators in the city of al-Bayda and clashes between protesters and police have taken place in the capital, Tripoli.