February 18, 2011 / 12:27 PM / 8 years ago

East Libya city "in hands of people"-exile groups

GENEVA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters have seized control of the eastern Libyan city of al Bayda after they were joined by some local police, two separate Libyan exile groups said on Friday.

“Al Bayda is in the hands of the people,” Giumma el-Omami of the Libyan Human Rights Solidarity group told Reuters.

“The city is out of the control of the (Muammar) Gaddafi regime,” said Fathi al-Warfali of the Libyan Committee for Truth and Justice.

The reports, which the two groups said were based on their own telephone contacts with the city of some 250,000 people, could not be independently verified.

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