Anti-government protests in Libya have become a full-blown revolution to end the four-decade rule of Muammar Gaddafi. Though the protesters initially faced the ire of only pro-regime militias, the government swung into action later on to suppress the rebellion, leading to the death of hundreds of people.

When Gaddafi dug in his feet to reprise the revolt he employed armed forces to retake control of several key cities with oil installations, which led to a civil war-like situation in which people became aliens in their own land.

Thousands began to leave their besieged cities and flee to safety in the neighboring Tunisia, creating a humanitarian crisis.

Here are some vignettes of pitched battles raging in Libya as well as visuals of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the North African country: