to us from inside
tonight are describing a mounting death toll as
today again opened fire on anti-government protesters who are trying to end
's 41-year rule. u.s. officials tonight are expressing grave concern over the images coming out of places like benghazi, where according to one physician on the ground, 50 more people were killed today it is believed at least 200 people have died during the five-day uprising, a number
's son tonight call and exaggeration.
has barred foreign journalists from entering the country, but despite attempts to
to the outside, credible eyewitness accounts and some pictures of the violence are reaching us tonight. nbc's
is covering the turmoil in
from neighboring egypt and joins us now from our
bureau with late information. ron?
good evening to you, lester. yes, tonight, protestors in
's second largest city say they are in control there. there are also reports of thousands of protesters gathered in the capital, triplism new indications that there is ever-increasing pressure on the regime of moammar cad cav daffy and by all accounts, his response continues to be very brutal. these amateur pictures illegally beamed out of
report to show demonstrators in the rebellion in the eastern part of the country, heavily armed with weapons taken from or given to them by sympathetic army soldiers. they are heading to benghazi, a city of
people, epicenter of the uprising. this woman was contacted there by phone.
i think something is going on. hold on. can you hear that? civilians have armed themselves. i can now see civilians with arms, with guns.
is virtually hidden from the
, the internet shut down, outside media, banned, service sporadic. reports getting out accuse
's army of firing live ammunition, including
new york crowds of mourners burying their dead.
an oil-rich nation demanding a
. a cycle playing now the some places several days in a row. we spoke by phone to an activist, worried about what an unpredictable
would do next.
i think he is planning a massacre here, definitely for sure. pretty much every victim that were either shot to the head, chest, neck, or on the leg toward the femoral art, they were shooting to kill.
cad calf fit is longest serving ruraler in africa and the
, four decades in power, atop the continent's
. for most of that time, an enemy of america. lately, after renouncing terror and taking responsibility for the
off the list of rogue leaders. today,
on state tv refused to acknowledge the uprising. he has said foreigners are in the country to cause chaos.
this is a very serious development and we are afraid that a
catastrophe is actually unfolding as i speak.
meanwhile, there are reports the rebellion is moving closer to the capital, tripoli, trapping people in their homes.
please, please, please, please, we need your help. we need your help to help us. please. do you hear the guns? oh, my goodness.
's sons spoke on state tv, saying the military has been defending itself against separatists who are trying to divide the nation and that media reports have been exaggerating the problem. and here across the border in egypt, a crowd converged on
's embassy in
. many there worried about and barely able to reach family back home.
i have managed to talk to one of my uncles. the others, the cousins york know anything about them. i tried to community with their cell phones. i hope that they are still alive. i really hope so.
's sons remarks were defiant and a strong warning to the protesters. at the same time so many libyans we have spoken to today say it is now or never there is no turning back as they fight to force
tonight, thank you.