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Benghazi prepares for Gaddafi backlash

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Benghazi prepares for Gaddafi backlash


The latest airstrikes by Muammar Gaddafi’s warplanes in the east of Libya have raised fears Benghazi could be next.

The city remains an anti-government stronghold, and the heart of the revolt, having been one of the first places to turn against the regime.

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Although the city is now relatively free from the unrest gripping other parts of Libya, there’s a feeling that it could be the calm before the storm.

Preparations have been taking place in Benghazi in the event of a government counter-offensive, should Gaddafi launch similar attacks to those reported in other rebel held towns, such as Brega and Ajbadiya.

Speaking from Benghazi, Euronews’ correspondent Mohamed Elhamy saw for himself the efforts to shore up the city’s defences. He said: ‘‘This anti-aircraft gun is one of dozens that have been placed inside the city and surrounding area with fears of an imminent attack by Gaddafi’s forces.’‘

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