The future of Libya appears to be on a knife edge. The military is taking on the people in the streets of the capital, Tripoli, and high-level diplomats are deserting the government of Muammar Gaddafi.
More than a week since protests against his regime began, Gaddafi himself made an appearance on national TV to dispel rumours that he had left the country.
Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports.
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