Libya’s capitol city, Tripoli, is said to be absolutely deserted, with most residents have fled out of town to avoid bloodshed while Benghazi and other large cities fall to protesters.
The security chief of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi announced his resignation and join protests over a heavy-handed security crackdown against protesters in the city.
“I am Brigadier Ali Huwaidi, the director of Benghazi’s security popular committee. I tendered my resignation and I am ready to stand behind the youth,” he said in a video aired by Al Arabiya TV on Thursday.
He said his decision was in protest against the acts of repression and violence against the protesters.
“Starting from Feb. 16, the situation shocked me through seeing of the use of oppression and cruelty,” he said.
Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, well known for his off-hand colorful statements, meanwhile blames the violence in his country on young people, who he said are taking some sort of pills and being exploited by Osama bin Laden.
Oil prices world wide have continued to spike amidst fear that Gadhafi might take action to blow up oil refineries or disrupt oil production with some suggesting this summer might see oil at $5.00 or higher per gallon. The Saudi government announced today that it will increase production to offset any depleted Libyan production.
Nearly 300 Americans remain stuck on a ferry docked outside Tripoli waiting to be evacuated, being protected by American security forces. Departure is delayed due to bad weather.