UPDATE: HEAVY GUNFIRE
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight and crowds celebrate victory in Benghazi
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:30 PM on 21st February 2011
- Protesters appear to have taken control of second city Benghazi
- Up to 400 feared dead after dozens killed in clashes
- Colonel Gaddafi on his way to Venezuela, say William Hague
- Justice minister resigns over ‘excessive use of violence’
- Mystery as two Libyan fighter jets land in Malta
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.
Protesters appear to have gained a foothold in Tripoli as banks and government buildings were looted while demonstrators have claimed they have taken control of the second city Benghazi.
It is thought up to 400 people may have died in the unrest with dozens more reported killed in Tripoli as protests reached the capital for the first time and army units were said to have defected to the opposition.
Scroll down to watch a video report of the unrest in Libya