As the conflict rages between the Libyan government and opposition rebels, civilians are trying to get on with daily life as best they can.
Euronews has spoken to the Catholic Bishop of Tripoli, Giovanni Martinelli, who is in an ideal position to give a taste of the feeling on the street. He told us:
“People here are lost. They have felt lost all through the allied bombing. They have not gone to the office, they have not been to work, they have been trying to get away. Those who can escape have done so. The attacks are at night so people aren’t sleeping and, during the day, you hardly see anyone around.”
Services, shops and schools have been affected in all Libya’s major cities. “Everything has ground to a halt. You can only do your shopping at certain times. Sometimes the schools are open, sometimes they close, the children are too scared to go, anyway.” the Bishop added.
In terms of the way the crisis will play out, the Bishop had this warning: “There’s no sign of a breakthrough. Gaddafi is resisting the onslaught. I think he has been determined to do this since the beginning. He won’t give in, so his supporters can’t give in. We must not kid ourselves that this conflict will be resolved in a straightforward way.”