Tuesday 20 February 2018

Exodus from Sirte as rebels press on with attack

Ruth Sherlock in Sirte

Libyan families fled in terror in the face of a mounting rebel offensive on the loyalist stronghold of Sirte yesterday.

Plumes of smoke rose over the city from the barrages of heavy rocket fire. As the tanks rolled forward, civilian cars streamed in the opposite direction.

"They are bombing us and women and children are dying," a woman said.

More than 3,000 men, women and children have fled the besieged city in the past three days. Risking their lives to cross the front lines in search of refuge, they described grim and bloody conditions inside the town.

"There is no medicine, no food, no electricity. It is a disaster," said Mohammed Omar Farjan (37), his two young boys sitting on the laps of their mother and aunts crammed in the back of the car. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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