The Obama administration said Friday it's preparing to issue sanctions against Libya as a violent crackdown on protestors in the country continues.
Following Friday prayers, protesters called again for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. Witnesses said militias loyal to the dictator answered them with gunfire. There are reports of several deaths.
Amateur video from an eastern port city earlier this week revealed the violent force of people fighting for Gadhafi.
"They shoot people in the head and the chest -- direct shots," one Libyan resident claimed. "So they were trying to kill the people, not just fire on them."
Still, demonstrators opposing the Gadhafi's leadership refuse to give up.
"We are one team. There's no division between us -- all one team," a protestor said. "And we will fight as one team until we die or he's out."
Gadhafi has remained defiant. In a call on state TV, he said the protesters were on drugs and blamed al Qaeda for the uprising.
Thousands of foreigners, including Americans, are try to get out of the unstable country. Many have landed in European airports
Americans traveling on a ferry from Libya to Malta were delayed for days because of rough seas.
The White House said President Barack Obama is doing all he can to evacuate them.
"He also is obviously very concerned about the safety of Americans and that is a priority," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
Libyan diplomats at the United Nations in Geneva are joining the anti-government opposition.
Their decision marks another blow to Gadhafi's regime and adds to increasing international pressure over Gadhafi's violent response to the protests.