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Libyans count the cost of their revolt

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Libyans count the cost of their revolt


The violence which has accompanied Libya’s bloody revolt against the Gaddafi regime has left 300 dead, including over 100 soldiers.

That is according to the Libyan authorities but as families buried their dead at a cemetery in Tripoli, residents believing their own eyes put the toll far higher.

Human Rights Watch and opposition groups say more than twice that number have died.

In towns where Gaddafi’s grip has been challenged, locals have been tearing down symbols of the regime.

But overnight, in the town of Sabratah, large numbers of the Libyan army are said to have been deployed following the destruction of government buildings.

In the east of the country, earlier fierce battles that accounted for many of the dead were caught on mobile phone cameras.

But now Benghazi and Tobruk are reported calm and under the control of the protesters while Libya’s interior minister became the latest senior official to defect.

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