Tripoli: Hundreds of foreign mercenaries as well as troops still loyal to Libyan ruler colonel Muammar Gaddafi have opened fire on protesters in different neighborhoods in Tripoli.
Witnesses say scores of protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in the capital city’s Janzour and Fashlum neighborhoods.
Clashes have also been reported in other neighborhoods including Ben Ashur and Ghut Ashaal.
Reports say the gunfire started after Friday Prayers when crowds began shouting anti-Gaddafi slogans.
Fighting has erupted outside Tripoli over the past 24 hours.
Forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have been trying to keep Tripoli under control while the government has lost its grip on more cities in the east and the west of Libya.
Over one thousand people have been killed and more deaths are feared as Gaddafi is brutally crushing the revolt.
The United Nations Human Rights Chief has warned about the escalating crackdown in Libya, urging the international community to intervene in support of the protesters.
Navi Pillay said thousands may have been killed or injured so far in Libya as a result