Libya timeline: Rebels and Qaddafi's troops still battling for Brega
Now into the eighth week of Libya's conflict, Qaddafi's troops pushed the rebels to the outskirts of Brega just as the rebels had been preparing their first oil shipment to Qatar.
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- WikiLeaks cables give insight into how Qaddafi has centralized his power.
- Qaddafi is relying heavily on sub-Saharan African mercenary fighters.
- Other countries are carrying out mass evacuations of their citizens in Libya.
- Monitor staff writer Dan Murphy arrives in eastern Libya. He files Feb. 23 from Tobruk after being ushered over the border without even being asked to show his passport.
- Murphy files again from Tobruk, which by now is being called ‘Liberated Libya.’ Young gun-toting Libyans are exuberant, but still fearful of a Qaddafi reprisal.
- Murphy files from Benghazi on how the rebels were able to (temporarily) gain the upper hand in most of Libya, describing "charred barracks and interrogation buildings, dozens of burned cars, and holes punched through the [Benghazi military] base's cement perimeter by backhoes and trucks." He also writes about their attempts at building a rebel government.
Week 1, Feb. 13-19
Fledgling protests begin on Feb. 15 and grow in response to harsh crackdowns by Qaddafi loyalists; rebels fight for control of Benghazi.
Feb. 19: Funerals for those who died in protests earlier in the week erupt into clashes when security forces fire on a funeral procession. Some call the event a “massacre.” Human Rights Watch estimates that more than 100 people have died.
Feb. 18: Protests have reached at least five different cities by this point, although not Tripoli, and the death toll is up to at least 24, according to Human Rights Watch.
Feb. 17: Unappeased, Libyans escalate the situation with a ‘day of rage.’
Feb. 16: Protests erupt again in Benghazi, despite the release of the human rights lawyer, and spread to a nearby town. Protesters call for Qaddafi’s resignation, a constitution, and a number of other reforms. In response, Qaddafi offers some concessions: the release from prison of more than 100 activists and salary increases for government workers.
Feb. 15: The first protests erupt in Benghazi overnight over the arrest of a human rights lawyer, who was later released. Protesters and police clash and at least 14 people are injured.