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Libyan military defections mount

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There is mounting evidence that a growing number of Libyan military personnel are defecting and joining the opposition against Colonel Gaddafi.

At the nation’s biggest navy base in opposition- controlled Benghazi, officers have declared a ‘free Libya.’

In the western city of Zawiya, amateur film shows soldiers being carried by protesters.

“One Libya, one people” they chanted.

Opposition sources say the military units defecting to them are well-armed, well-disciplined and well- organised.

It remains unclear how much of the military is still under Gaddafi’s control, and how many soldiers have joined the demonstrators.