4:45pm UK, Monday February 21, 2011
Violent protests have paralysed Libya's capital city Tripoli, as cracks begin to emerge from within the ruling elite.
Justice minister Mustapha Abdel Jalil has become the latest senior official to resign in protest at "excessive use of violence against protesters", according to the Quryna newspaper.
Other figures close to the ruling elite have also spoken of their discontent, weakening leader Colonel Moammar Gaddafi'sposition.
In Tripoli, anti-government protesters have reportedly ransacked the state television headquarters and set the central government building and a police station on fire.
Several other public buildings are also ablaze according to unverified reports coming from the city.
Snipers opened fire on protesters overnight, according to witnesses, while supporters of Col Gaddafi shot from speeding vehicles, apparently also running over pedestrians.
Other witnesses said protesters moved into Tripoli's Green Square last night, and were then attacked by plainclothes security forces and militiamen in clashes that lasted until dawn.
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