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Italy Says 1,000 Killed in Libya Unrest

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Reuters
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s increasingly desperate attempts to crush a revolt against his four-decade rule have killed as many as 1,000 people and split Libya, Italy’s Foreign Minister said on Wednesday.

As countries with strong business ties to Africa’s third largest oil producer scrambled to evacuate their citizens, and fear of pro-Gaddafi gunmen emptied the streets of the capital Tripoli, France became the first state to call for sanctions.

“I would like the suspension of economic, commercial and financial relations with Libya until further notice,” President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

But in the latest sign of international division over how to deal with Gaddafi, the prime minister of Qatar said he did not want to isolate Libya, where several senior officials have declared their backing for protests that began about a week ago.

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