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Protestors clash with police in Libya

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Demonstrators have clashed with police and pro-government supporters in Libya’s second city, Benghazi.

Numbers are vague but the clashes broke out as protesters marched on government offices.

Libya is sandwiched between Tunisia and Egypt, whose leaders have both recently been ousted by popular uprisings.

Benghazi has a history of antagonism with the Gaddafi government. The city is a rallying point for the banned militant organisation the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

The government has announced this morning that 110 alleged members will be freed from Tripoli’s Abu Salim jail. Many have already been freed and returned to their homes in Benghazi. It is reported last night’s protest was sparked by the arrest of a lawyer for families whose relatives were among hundreds shot at the jail in June 1996.