x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Libyan security forces use live ammo on protesters: NGO

Libya faces a nationwide "Day of Anger" on Thursday called by cyber-activists, two days after clashes in the country's second largest city Benghazi left at least 38 people injured, including 10 security forces members.

NICOSIA // At least four people were shot dead in clashes with security forces in protests against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime, opposition websites and Libyan NGOs based abroad reported on Thursday.

They said the clashes took place on Wednesday in Al Baida, a town in eastern Libya.

"Internal security forces and militias of the Revolutionary Committees used live ammunition to disperse a peaceful demonstration by the youth of Al-Baida," leaving "at least four dead and several injured," said Libya Watch, a London-based human rights group.

Opposition websites, including Libya Al Youm, also based in London, said at least four protesters were killed by gunfire.

Geneva-based rights group Human Rights Solidarity, citing witnesses, meanwhile, said that snipers on rooftops had killed as many as 13 protesters and wounded dozens of others.

Videos circulating on the internet showed dozens of young Libyans apparently gathered on Wednesday night in Al Baida chanting, "The people want to bring down the regime," and setting a building on fire.

Libya faces a nationwide "Day of Anger" on Thursday called by cyber-activists, two days after clashes in the country's second largest city Benghazi left at least 38 people injured, including 10 security forces members.

Amnesty International, Britain and European Union on Wednesday night urged against the use of force, while Washington called on Tripoli to "take specific measures to respond to the aspirations, needs and hopes" of its people.

* Agence France-Presse