A group of up to 36 Western journalists have been allowed to leave the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli where they had been trapped by forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi.
The correspondents had been prevented from leaving the building, hampering attempts to bring a clear picture of the situation on the ground. Some of them say they had been threatened at gunpoint.
CNN’s correspondent, Matthew Chance, said they negotiated with the guards themselves and were released in small groups.
He added they were taken away in cars provided by the Red Cross.
There had been serious concerns for the safety of the journalists, who were also running out of food and water.
Journalists released from hotel in Tripoli