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HMS Cumberland back in Benghazi to rescue Britons

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HMS Cumberland back in Benghazi to rescue Britons


The British naval frigate, HMS Cumberland, has returned to the Libyan port of Benghazi to evacuate remaining Britons.

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It comes as volunteers from Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey combine efforts to distribute food and aid to residents of the city.

Benghazi has been under the control of a disparate coalition of people and rebel military units for a week now.

Freelance journalist Francesa Cicardi talked to euronews about conditions in the city: “Life in Benghazi has not yet returned to normal because people here are thinking only about the revolution and they’re waiting for Tripoli to fall,” she said.

“Nevertheless, there is some semblance of normality. Some shops are open, traffic is more or less the same. Banks are shut and schools remain closed. But communication is far from normal. It’s very difficult, there’s no internet for example. As a result, the city feels isolated from the rest of the country,” Cicardi added.

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