(NEW YORK) -- Libya's ambassador to the United States described a brutal scene playing out in the streets of Tripoli, where government supporters and parts of the military have been called by Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime to take on protesters demanding the president's exit.
"Tripoli is burning," Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujalisaid told ABC News Tuesday. "The people are being killed in a brutal way. The people are armless."
Aujali said Gadhafi's supporters are using tanks and gunfire to kill not just protesters but also the capital's residents, adding that he's seen images of "people cut in half, just like they're being killed by bulldozers."
"Please, please help the Libyan people. Help them. They are burning," he appealed to the international community. "They are being killed in their streets, their houses."
Aujali has resigned from serving the government, but not his ambassador's post.
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