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Libyan officials desert Ghaddafi over "massacre"

Helicoperts flying over Tripoli today, shooting at protesters

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- As the Libyan regime is bombing its own citizens in the streets of Tripoli, diplomats, army officials and even pilots are deserting the regime in outrage over the "massacre".

In wave after wave, fighter aircrafts are bombing the crowds protesting in the streets of Tripoli. Hundreds, if not thousands have been killed in the air raids as the Moammar Ghaddafi regime is launching its final attack on its own population.

Libyans in the country and abroad are viewing footage of the ongoing massacre in shock and disgust. As new waves of attacks strike the Libyan capital, more and more waves of Libyan citizens break with the regime.

In Malta - a Mediterranean island state close to Libya - two Libyan fighter jets landed at Valetta international airport, according to Malta government sources. The pilots immediately asked for political asylum, saying they had been ordered to bomb the city of Benghazi, which has been under the control of protesters since yesterday.

There are several reports from Libya that these two were not the only pilots refusing to follow orders. Unconfirmed reports speak of ten pilots being executed as they would not bomb civilians in Tripoli or Benghazi.

From all over the country, there are reports of army and police units that have joined the protesters after having been o

Protesters keep flocking to central Tripol this night despite the massacres

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rdered to massacre civilians. The air force therefore may seem the Ghaddafi regime's last chance to hit back at protesters, although at a high price.

The grotesque scenes from Tripoli, mostly sent to the world through amateur videos, only contribute to isolate the Ghaddafi regime further. Several high-ranking Libyan officials have now gone on distance to the regime.

In particular Libyan diplomats all over the world are resigning, issuing statements of disgust and outrage against Mr Ghaddafi. Libya's ambassadors to India, China and the Arab League have quit their posts, protesting the "oppression against protesters."

Today, even the entire Libyan diplomatic team at the UN broke with Mr Ghaddafi, saying they now only represented the people of Libya and the world body.

More and more Libyans are now calling on an international intervention to stop Mr Ghaddafi's massacre of his own people. As international reactions to the crackdown are becoming stronger, some hope for a NATO intervention to clear the airspace over Tripoli. Diplomatic sources however doubt the Western military alliance would want to get involved.

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