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Libyans head home to a Gaddafi-free Tripoli

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Libyans head home to a Gaddafi-free Tripoli


They had fled the fighting in the capital but now Libyans are heading home to a very different Tripoli.

No longer in the hands of Colonel Gaddafi, the city has new masters, pledging a very different way of life. And, straight off the boat from Benghazi, Tripoli resident Adel was delighted.

“I cannot describe my feelings. I feel like I have been born again, coming back to a liberated Libya,” he said. “The happiness is indescribable. It is deep inside me.”

Nearly 800 internally-displaced people were said to have been on the ship making the first such return trip.

Restoring normality in Tripoli remains a challenge. But water supplies have resumed in the capital after engineers repaired wells which had stopped functioning amid the conflict.

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