WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama
"strongly condemns" the bloodshed in Libya and will speak about the situation Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
Spokesman Jay Carney called the violence by militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) "completely unacceptable" and said it needed to stop.
Obama has not spoken publicly on the situation in Libya since violent protests broke out there and Gadhafi's regime struck back violently in the capital Tripoli even as the strongman seemed to lose control of other parts of the nation. Hundreds have been killed.
The U.S. has been focused on getting U.S. citizens out of Libya. Evacuations began Wednesday.
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