Witnesses: Gaddafi Forces Shooting From Ambulances

On the heels of news reports that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was arming civilian supporters against the protesters, now comes news that military forces loyal to Gaddafi are shooting people from ambulances and using antiaircraft guns against crowds of demonstrators in Tripoli, according to witnesses. Furthermore, the government is alleged to have removed dead bodies--as well as the wounded—from hospitals in an effort to disguise the rapidly increasing death toll in the country. According to Heba Morayef, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, top officials of the biggest Tripoli hospitals remain loyal to Gaddafi and are underestimating the number of fatalities. There have also been unconfirmed reports that an armed rebel force, rumored to be around 2,000 men, is headed for Tripoli on Saturday. The U.N. is meeting to consider multinational sanctions against Gaddafi, including arms and asset freezes and travel bans, and several countries, including the U.S., France, Germany, and Britain, have pressured the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged crimes against humanity.