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LIBYA: Troops clash with protesters in Tripoli

March 4, 2011 | 12:55 pm


Troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi fired tear gas and live ammunition into a crowd of protesters marching in Tripoli Friday, the Associated Press reported.

More than 1,500 protesters marched from a mosque in the Tajoura district of the Libyan capital after midday prayers, chanting for the end of Kadafi's regime and waving the red, black and green flag of the monarchy, which he replaced on seizing power in 1969, AP reported.

It was not clear whether government troops fired at the crowd or into the air, according to the Associated Press. But protesters fled in fear, many taking refuge in the mosque, according to an AP reporter at the scene. A doctor told the reporter that  several people were wounded and taken to a hospital.

—  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Protesters fly the pre-Kadafi Libyan national flag as they demonstrate in the Tajoura district in east Tripoli. Credit: Ben Curtis/Associated Press


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