Conflict in Libya

An uproar of protest has broken out in Libya. The citizens have had it with the iron rule of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who came into power in 1969. The protest that broke out in February 2011 is believed to have been inspired by the protests that have broken out over the middle east and north Africa, including one in Egypt that led to the overthrowing of  Hosni Mubarak and one in Tunisia that overthrew president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Protest has spread all over this region including countries such as Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, and Jordan.

Libyan citizens have held protests all over Libya and a few protestors have lost their lives in the uproar. Protestors have been met by forces loyal to Gaddafi. It is estimated that more than 200 protestors have lost their lives at the hand of those defending Gaddafi. The troops defending him attacked rebels with tanks, firearms, helicopters, and fighter planes.

The rebels have had some success by seizing the Ras Lunaf oil port. The Ras Lunaf oil port exports about 200,000 barrels a day. It also contains Libya’s biggest refinery. The conflict in Libya has caused a spike in oil prices. The price of a barrel of oil has come to $106, and could possibly grow even higher. The price rise is evident at the gas pumps. There has been talk from the American government about using oil from the US’s reserves.

It is not certain yet what will come of the unrest in Libya. Gaddafi says he will not back down, but protest has knock the Egyptian and Tunisian president out of power, while they both said they would not back down. This shows hope for Libya and many of the other rebelling middle eastern countries.

Protestors burning a picture of Gaddafi.

A young Libyan girl kicking a poster of Gaddafi’s face.

A picture of a Libyan protester with a bread hat that has become popular on the internet.


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