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Unrest in Libya sparks new troop deployment

China Daily | Updated: 2011-02-19 06:41

TRIPOLI, Libya - Soldiers were deployed on the streets of Libya's second city Benghazi on Friday, a witness said, after thousands of people took to the streets overnight to protest about security forces killing more than 20 protesters.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said that according to its sources inside the country, Libyan security forces had killed at least 24 people in crackdowns on protests on Wednesday and Thursday.

The killings happened after opponents of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's leader for more than 40 years, designated Thursday as a day of protest to try to emulate uprisings in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, which ousted entrenched leaders.

Unrest in Libya sparks new troop deployment

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