Muammar Gaddafi har satt inn jagerfly og bomber Tripoli. En innringer til BBC World sier det ikke bare er leiesoldater fra Chad, også «hvite» soldater sprer skrekk: de skyter alle de kommer over.

Witnesses in Tripoli told Al-Jazeera television in a live broadcast on Monday that Libyan warplanes were bombing indiscriminately across the capital. «What we are witnessing today is unimaginable. Warplanes and helicopters are indiscriminately bombing one area after another. There are many, many dead,» Adel Mohamed Saleh said.

Saleh, who called himself a political activist, said the bombings had initially targeted a funeral procession.

«Our people are dying. It is the policy of scorched earth.» he said. «Every 20 minutes they are bombing.»

Asked if the attacks were still happening he said: «It is continuing, it is continuing. Anyone who moves, even if they are in their car they will hit you.»

Det sies at Gaddafi selv har rømt til Venezuela. Ikke noe vil være mer drepende for Hugo Chavez’ omdømme enn om han ga opphold til den verste diktatoren etter Saddam Hussein.

Et tydelig tegn på at det rakner var at nestleder for FN-delegasjonen sto frem på BBC World og sa delegasjonen hadde brutt med regimet. Diplomaten sa regimet var forbrytersk som dreper sitt eget folk. Diplomatene ville at Den internasjonale straffedomstolen skulle innlede skritt for å ta ut tiltale mot Gaddafi for forbrytelse rmot sitt eget folk.

In New York, Libya’s deputy ambassador to the UN denounced the Gaddafi government, accusing it of carrying out genocide against the people.

Libya’s envoy to the Arab League, Abdel Moneim al-Honi, announced he was «joining the revolution», and its ambassador to India, Ali al-Essawi, told the BBC he was also resigning.

In another blow to Col Gaddafi’s rule, two tribes – including Libya’s largest tribe, the Warfla – have backed the protesters.

Meanwhile, two helicopters and two fighter jets from Libya landed in Malta.

The helicopter was said to be carrying French oil workers, and the fighter pilots were reported to have left Benghazi when an airbase was taken over by protesters.

Hour by hour, there are reports of more defections. Almost all major tribal leaders seem to have joined the opposition, as well as important religious leaders and several senior Libyan ambassadors.

The east of the country is already almost entirely out of the hands of the government. Col Gaddafi’s hold on power is becoming weaker by the hour.

Libya protests: Gaddafi regime shaken by unrest