A human rights group says more than 80 people have died in the political unrest in Libya.
The US-based Human Rights Watch says it has confirmed that at least 84 people were killed in the 3 days through Friday.
Protests in the northeastern part of the country against the 4-decade rule of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi have been broken up by security troops using force.
On Friday, security forces reportedly opened fire during the funerals of victims killed in protests on Thursday.
Hospitals officials say most of the victims were shot in the head or chest. Human Rights Watch is demanding that the Libyan government order an immediate stop to the attacks on the demonstrators.
Libya's state-run television has not reported on the pro-democracy protests, but continues to air images of pro-Qadhafi rallies.
The government has imposed strict restrictions on foreign media coverage and has begun blocking access to the Internet in the northeastern cities.
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