Pro-regime forces killed two protesters in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, Al Jazeera television reported, as a popular uprising against leader Muammar Gaddafi closed in on his last power base. Pro-Gaddafi forces opened fire after hundreds of people in the Janzour district in western Tripoli carried out a protest rally after Friday prayers.
In Zawiyah, an oil refining town on the main coastal highway 50 km west of Tripoli, government forces failed to take control. Army and police in the eastern city of Adjabiya told Al Jazeera television they had gone over to the opposition.
Other reports say the third city, Misrata, 200 km east of Tripoli, is also under rebel control.
But Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said the government was in control of the west, south and center, and that his family had no intention of leaving. "We have plans A, B and C. Plan A is to live and die in Libya. Plan B is to live and die in Libya. Plan C is to live and die in Libya," he told Turkey's CNN Turk television.
Meanwhile, prosecutor-general Abdul-Rahman al-Abbar became the latest senior official to resign, and told al Arabiya television he was joining the opposition.