Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year grip on power is under increasing pressure as unrest in Libya reaches Tripoli.
There are reports of bloodshed in the capital as anti-government protesters clash with security forces.
The country’s justice minister has reportedly resigned in protest over the excessive use of force against demonstrators.
He joins Gaddafi’s Arab League envoy and the country’s ambassador to India to quit as senior diplomats question the level of violence unleashed against the population.
In a further blow to Gaddafi, a coalition of Libyan Muslim leaders have told all Muslims to rebel against the regime for its “bloody crimes against humanity.”
It appears that army units, in the second city Benghazi, are defecting and the city is in control of the protesters, along with nine other towns in the east.
Human rights organisations claim between 200 and 400 people have been killed since the unrest began.