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Vermont Public Radio:

"Anti-Gadhafi demonstrators have taken over several cities in eastern Libya but have suffered scores of deaths, according to exiled opposition groups in London," The Guardian reports.

Reuters is saying that it has been told by "two separate Libyan exile groups" that "anti-government protesters have seized control of the eastern Libyan city of al Bayda after they were joined by some local police."

And the BBC reports that "witnesses in the Libyan city of Benghazi say hundreds of people, at least, have gathered for an anti-government protest. A lawyer in Benghazi told the BBC that thousands of people were outside the city's courthouse." (The BBC also continues to live-blog events in the region here.)

As we cautioned yesterday, it's very difficult to get a solid look into what's happening in Libya because there just aren't that many independent journalists in the country right now.

NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) is following what's being posted on Twitter about events in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and other countries being rocked by protests. There's also lots of information being collected by StoryfulPro (@storyfulpro).

Update at 3:25 p.m. ET: A doctor in Benghazi, Libya, spoke with All Things Considered host Michele Norris by telephone this afternoon. Brayka (she asked that her full name not be used because she fears government reprisal) said a large protest continues in her city and that in recent days, "many people [were] killed" and "there was a hundred of injured people [sic] — between moderate and serious injuries — in the hospitals ... of Benghazi."

Update at 1:55 p.m. ET: Among the things Andy is monitoring is an English translation of an anti-government "pirate radio" broadcast [#180].