Thousands of people have massed outside Tripoli airport in the hope of fleeing the chaos ripping Libya apart.
Tensions are running high. While foreign governments and oil companies are still trying to evacuate their citizens and workers, many Libyans are having to fend for themselves.
Many in Libya remain to avoid reprisals from those loyal to the regime. Amateur footage posted on an opposition website purports to show mercenaries dragging away what appears to be an injured protester.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s longtime leader, dismissed such evidence as absurd. Addressing the international media he also branded earlier reports of troops bombing civilians as lies.
“Soon you will discover that what you have heard in Libya was just a big joke. A very big joke. Here in Libya we were laughing about those reports about hundreds and thousands of casualties, bombing Tripoli and Benghazi and Zawiya or whatever, about mercenaries,” Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said.
His father, Muammar Gaddafi, remains equally defiant. Despite reports parts of the capital had fallen into the hands of the opposition, he addressed supporters in Tripoli yesterday evening, vowing to ‘crush the enemy’.