TIMELINE: Libya revolt

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 06 2011 03:26 AM | Updated as of Mar 06 2011 11:27 AM

Key events to date in the uprising against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi:

Saturday March 5:

- Libyan rebels push their campaign closer to Tripoli by seizing the eastern town of Bin Jawad, as deadly fighting rages on in the key city of Zawiyah where tanks fire on houses, witnesses say.

- The death toll from mysterious twin explosions at an arms dump in the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi on Friday night rises to between 32 and 34, a doctor says.

- French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says his country is seeking a UN Security Council resolution to impose a no-fly zone.

- The national council declared by rebels in Benghazi is poised to hold its first session in secret for security reasons.

- More than 191,000 people have fled the violence in Libya, where opponents of Moamer Kadhafi are seeking to oust the veteran ruler, the UN says.

- Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's crumbling regime is still being boosted by millions of dollars of crude export revenues despite Western sanctions, the Financial Times reports.

Friday March 4:

- Rebel fighters move westwards towards Tripoli, with "many dead and wounded" in clashes with pro-Kadhafi forces at an oil compound in Ras Lanuf.

- Libyan TV says government forces have retaken Zawiyah, west of Tripoli. Clashes continue in Misrata, a rebel-held pocket close to the capital.

- Anti-Kadhafi protesters clash with police in Tripoli.

- The UN's refugee agency says heavily-armed pro-regime forces at the Libyan side of the border with Tunisia are restricting passage for thousands of people trying to flee.

Thursday March 3:

- Kadhafi's warplanes hit the rebel-held oil port of Brega.

- The Dutch defence ministry says three of its marines helping to evacuate civilians have been captured by Libyan soldiers.

- The International Criminal Court's prosecutor says Kadhafi and his associates will be probed over allegations of crimes against humanity.

- A Libyan official says the country's oil output has fallen by half.

- An international airlift gets under way to take home thousands of people who have fled Libya into Tunisia.

Wednesday March 2:

- Kadhafi loyalists launch a counter-offensive in the east.

- The Libyan Human Rights League says at least 6,000 people have been killed since the start of the revolt, half of them in Tripoli.

March 1:

- The opposition controls eastern Libya and numerous towns in the west, while Tripoli and its environs remain under Kadhafi's control.

- Anti-regime leaders in Benghazi say they have set up a military council.

February 28:

- The EU follows the UN and the US in imposing sanctions on Kadhafi and 25 others.

- Kadhafi tells foreign media "all my people love me."

February 27:

- The UN refugee agency says a "humanitarian emergency" is under way as thousands of migrant workers, mostly from Egypt and Tunisia, seek to flee Libya.

February 25:

- NATO and the European Union join forces to rescue stranded foreigners.

- Kadhafi says he will open arsenals to arm his supporters.

February 22:

- Kadhafi goes on TV and orders his forces to crush the uprising.

February 21:

- Libyan diplomats around the world begin to desert the regime.

February 20:

- Protesters ransack state television headquarters in Tripoli.

February 17:

- Calls go out on Facebook for a "Day of Rage" against the regime.

February 15-16:

- Protests start in Libya's second city Benghazi.