gaddafi death.jpgLibyans are marking the anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, after his rule of more than 40 years.

Celebrations are planned in towns and cities across the country and have been underway for days in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the revolt began.

Officials say the anniversary however comes amid fears of continuing instability as hundreds of militias continue to roam the streets.

Libyan Interim Leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said the country will take a tough response to anyone who threatens national security during today’s celebrations.

Friday, February 17 marks one year since the first major demonstration against the late colonel Gaddafi’s rule in Benghazi, which then became the rebel stronghold.