(Al Jazeera English: 0900 PST, February 23, 2011) A day after Muammar Gaddafi threatened protesters with death in a televised speech, an army commander tells Al Jazeera that his forces are with the people, not the Libyan leader.
The town of Misurata, in western Libya, has reportedly fallen to the opposition, and much of the east seems to be controlled by pro-democracy protesters. Laurence Lee reports on the latest events.
East Libya Under Opposition Control
(Al Jazeera English: 0600 PST, February 23, 2011) Egyptians on the road fleeing Libya report fighting in towns along the way, and the situation remains chaotic. One man says there had been a "bloodbath." Mercenaries, some French-speaking and allegedly from Chad, roam during the night. Eyewitnesses say police have fled or are in hiding, and that opposition forces control the east of Libya up to the city of Benghazi.
Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from the city of Tobruk, around 140km west of the border with Egypt.