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Ajdabiyah residents flee violence

04-02-2011 08:15 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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As tensions in Libya escalate, many residents have left the town of Ajdabiyah. Most shops are closed and supplies are hard to find.

The town of Ajdabiyah has become largely deserted following the latest retreat of Libyan rebels from Ras Lanuf two days ago.

The town, about 160 kilometres southwest of the rebel stronghold Benghazi, is almost a ghost town with battle scars all over.

Most shops are closed and supplies are limited.

Only one cafe remains open in the town, with older people the only patrons.

The empty streets are patrolled by rebels who are trying to prevent looting.

Some of the last remaining residents of Ajdabiyah left the town on Friday, hoping to find refuge elsewhere.

A Sudanese family was packing their belongings to head east.

Hemndan Abdel Rahman, Sudanese Resident, said, "All work has stopped here. We are all starving. We want to go back to our homelands. Everyone has left this city, both young and old. We can't stay here, we are afraid."

Salem Ibrahim, Sudanese Resident, said, "We were working in this city but now there is no hope, no food. It's all demolished, we can't stay and we have problems going back."

However, for Africans it is very difficult to leave the city because many of them serve as mercenaries in Gaddafi's military.



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