LIBYA: Amateur video footage purportedly depicts battle scenes in Zawiya


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Fresh footage from the reportedly deadly clashes in the city of Zawiya near the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday between protesters and forces loyal to the Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi has emerged on the Internet.

The video above was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday and is said to show the ‘bombing’ of the city of Zawiya. In the dramatic amateur footage, loud chants of ‘Allah Akbar,’ or God is Great, are heard from what appears to be a nearby mosque as loud shots and bangs ring out. Toward the end of the video, a crowd of people are seen gathered near a building and an ambulance amid the gunfire.


Below, another video posted on the Internet on Thursday purportedly depicts the situation in Zawiya. Crowds are seen roaming the streets chanting slogans honoring the fallen ‘martyrs’ as occasional shots rattle the air. At one point, the camera closes in on what could be a pool of blood in the street. As more gunfire is heard, the people in the crowd appear to turn increasingly defiant. Some of them climb up onto the hood of car and start waving sticks and raise clenched fists into the air.

And here, crowds are gathered around what could be a body of a dead person shrouded in a white sheet. The video, also uploaded on Thursday, is said to show the ‘martyrs’ of Zawiya.

--Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Video credit: YouTube