Rights group says Libya's al-Zawiya still being fought for
The US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Saturday that Libyan security forces and pro-government supporters have attacked protesters who are trying to take control of the western city of al-Zawiya, where Colonel Moamer Gaddafi is fighting to retain control.
HRW said that security forces fired on demonstrators and Egyptian migrant workers living there, "causing bloodshed and chaos." No estimated death toll was given, DPA reported.
Migrant workers, who fled to Tunisia, told HRW that opposition forces controlled much of al-Zawiyah, but that government security forces controlled surrounding areas and had set up checkpoints on the outskirts.
The attacks in al-Zawiya, which allegedly took place Friday, are among several violent clashes that have occurred throughout the north of the country.