Libya launches harshest crackdown yet on rebels

Hossam Mansour, center, joins protestors waving the 1951 first national flag of modern Libya to call for the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Gadhafi's forces fired on mourners leaving a funeral for protesters Saturday in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 15 people and wounding scores more as the regime tried to squelch calls for an end to the ruler's 42-year grip on power. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

February 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Security forces loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi unleashed heavy gunfire Sunday on thousands marching in a rebellious eastern city, cutting down mourners trying to bury victims in a bloody cycle of violence that has killed more than 200 people in the fiercest crackdown on the uprisings in the Arab world.