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Rebel-controlled Misrata residents return home

06-14-2011 09:03 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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In the rebel-controlled city of Misrata, residents that fled have now returned. After months of clashes, damage to the city is still quite visible. However many of those returning were surprised by the city's relative calm.

It's the first sight of his hometown since Ali Khamed fled to Benghazi two months ago.

Khamed,like many Libyans living in Misrata, fled the city earlier this year after heavy clashes between rebel forces and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Now Khamed has anxiously returned to Misrata, unsure of what has happened to his home.

Misrata resident Ali Khamed said, "My house in Misrata is on Tripoli Street, near the mosque that fell. We left Misrata and came here and now I am going back to check on my house. I left my family in Benghazi."

In the rebel-controlled city of Misrata, residents that fled have
now returned. After months of clashes, damage to the city is still
quite visible. However many of those returning were surprised by
the city's relative calm.

Khamed was among dozens of residents who returned to Misrata after fleeing months of violence. Many of them were surprised by the calmness and level of organization throughout the city.

Khamed said he is hopeful about the state of Misrata now.

He said, "I didn't realize it would change so much. When we left, there was fierce fighting, especially on this street, Tripoli Street, but now I see a very big change."

In the rebel-controlled city of Misrata, residents that fled have
now returned. After months of clashes, damage to the city is still
quite visible. However many of those returning were surprised by
the city's relative calm.

As children play on an abandoned tank, it seems the immediate danger has passed.

But with the wreckage of cars and tanks still lining the road, the destruction on Tripoli Street is still quite visible. After months of tension in the north African country, Libya may still face an uncertain future.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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