Today, they are celebrating. But over the last few days, people in the Libyan coastal town of al Bayda have endured some of the most ferocious fighting of the current unrest.
Anti-Gaddafi militias clashed with pro-government forces, many of whom are said to have been mercenaries. The result was like a scene from Hell.
Euronews correspondent Mohammed ElHamy is in Al Bayda and has seen the aftermath for himself. He says the town is in shock. Many people have been killed and injured.
One of the wounded said he had been shot twice by men in civilian clothes: “One bullet went through my shoulder, the other through my chest.”
The extent of the fighting is clearly evident in the number of wounded being treated and the extent of their injuries.
But instead of being cowed, many Libyans say they are instead appalled that Gaddafi is attacking his own people in such a violent way.