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29 Jul 2011 description

Violence erupted in Libya in February 2011 after peaceful protesters, demonstrating against the detention of a prominent human rights lawyer, were fired upon by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. Thousands of Libyans subsequently rose up against the dictator’s repressive rule, but violence soon turned into conflict as Gaddafi’s forces attacked civilians and began indiscriminately shelling the country. More than 710,000 people have now fled the conflict and not yet returned. There are another 218,000 people displaced within Libya.