Sounds of rockets echo in Libya”s Ajdabiyah

Published: 08/04/2011 05:00



NATO’s planes flew
over Ajdabiyah when doctors in the town’s hospital were doing surgery on an
anti-government militant. The fighters guarding the hospital picked up their
weapons and jumped onto trucks with machine guns after they heard their
colleagues shouting “the government troops are moving here.”

girl looks out of a car window accompanied by her father in Agedabia, eastern
Libya, April 7, 2011. The forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi clashed
with the rebels in the suburbs of Libyan eastern city Agedabia Thursday,
according to rebel soldiers. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Within half an hour,
hundreds of cars rushed towards Benghazi as people feared their town would
become the battlefield for the fifth time in nearly two months.

The sound of the rockets
targeting the government troops alarmed the fleeing people that fights have
returned to the town.

Naji, a man in his
fifties, has already sent his five children to Benghazi, the base for the
anti-government insurgents.

His wife, who was washing
clothes in the garage when the government troops broke into the town with tanks
more than one month ago, was hit by a rocket and died.

“I have brought my
children to Benghazi after their mother died because it is safe there. I have to
come back to protect my house and shop,” Naji said when showing us the debris of
his car.

Most of the walls
alongside the road in Ajdabiyah are covered with holes shot by bullets. Several
houses hit by rockets were burnt down. The town that was home to about 150,000
residents before the unrest broke out only live with about five thousand now.


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