Uprising

46 Dead in Libya Protests

Amnesty International reports from Libyan security forces that 46 people have died as a result of protests this week. On Friday alone, clashes killed at least 20 in the northern city of Benghazi and injured 200 more, according to a medical source. Meanwhile in the town of al-Baida, plainclothes members of the Revolutionary Committee reportedly fired on thousands of people who showed up to bury 13 protesters who were killed in recent clashes. Muammar Qaddafi’s harsh response to the protesters calling for his ouster—he is the longest-ruling president in the world—drew a rebuke from President Obama and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called it "illegal and excessively heavy-handed."