Anti-Gaddafi protests continue in Libya for the seventh day
Protests continued for the seventh day in Libya on Monday, after the son of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi warned against conspiracies targeting his country, DPA reported.
An eyewitness told Al Jazeera that anti-government protesters filled Souq al-Gomaa area early on Monday, which he described as one of the largest in the capital Tripoli.
Speaking on Libyan TV late on Sunday, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, warned of conspiracies that might take the country into civil war, putting the country's oil wealth at risk.
"We will fight to the last bullet," he said. "If everybody is armed, it is civil war, we will kill each other."
Clashes had reportedly erupted in Tripoli late Sunday between anti-government protesters and Gaddafi supporters. Earlier protests were centred in the second largest city of Benghazi.
Protesters have reportedly taken control of Benghazi after members of the army defected to the opposition, activists said in online messages.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch said that death toll from protests in five Libyan cities to 233 since February 17.
Emboldened by the successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, thousands of Libyans have been calling for the ouster of Gaddafi, who has been in power for 41 years.
Libya, a major oil producer, has a population of about 6 million people.