The first wave of international air strikes on Saturday disabled Libya’s air defences, allowing western jets to patrol. Gaddafi’s advance on rebel-held Benghazi was halted.
In Benghazi itself, armed checkpoints are a common sight. The fear is that some of Gaddafi’s troops will head for the city, seeking the protection of the no-fly zone and the shelter of a civilian shield.
There seems to be no shortage of food.
The second wave of international air strikes hit Gaddafi’s troops around the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah. Witnesses say they have heard explosions and seen plumes of smoke rising above the town, the gateway to Benghazi and Tobruk. Opposition rebels say they need help to retake it from Gaddafi’s forces.