|Published:||Feb 21, 2011 1:23 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 20, 2011 10:23 PM EST|
CAIRO (AP) - Libyan forces have been firing machine-guns at thousands of mourners marching in a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi again today.
The scene is a repeat of yesterday, when commandos and foreign mercenaries loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi attacked demonstrators with assault rifles and other heavy weapons.
Fifteen were killed yesterday, while a doctor at a hospital where many of the casualties are being taken says 20 people have died today. Earlier, he said the morgue at his hospital had received at least 200 bodies since the unrest began several days ago.
Libya's crackdown is shaping up to be the most brutal repression of anti-government protests that began with uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. The protests have spread around the region to Bahrain in the Gulf, impoverished Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, Tunisia's North African neighbors - Libya, Algeria, Morocco - and outside the Middle East to places including the East African nation of Djibouti and even China.
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