As Libyan rebel forces appeared to gain ground to the west and south of Tripoli, the Gaddafi regime was keen to portray a ‘business-as-usual’ view of life in the capital during the holy month of Ramadan.
Pictures filmed under strict Libyan government supervision show residents out shopping despite NATO airstrikes.
One resident said: ‘We do not care about the NATO anymore, we are living as we were before, we live, we do shopping, we do everything, actually we do not care anymore.’
Another said: ‘Despite of the continuous NATO bombing every night, people are out on the streets, we cannot find the words to express how people are getting out on the streets to shop during Ramadan.’
It is difficult to imagine from the latest Tripoli images that less than 50 kilometres to the west there is heavy fighting for control of Zawiya, where rebel forces are trying to cut supply routes between Tunisia and and the capital.