Iman al-Obeidi still missing

A petition demanding the release of a young Libyan women who stormed into a Tripoli hotel full of journalists and accused government soldiers of rape was on the way to reaching its target of half a million signatures on Saturday.

Iman al-Obeidi achieved worldwide celebrity after footage of her bursting into the Rixos hotel last Saturday and throwing open her coat to reveal scars and bruises was posted on the Internet.

"Words cannot express the courage Iman showed in speaking out - and we can only imagine the terror she must be facing right now in the hands of Kadhafi's infamous thugs," said Avaaz.org, organiser of the online campaign. yahoo/AFP