Libyans are refugees in their own country as chaos looms

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Libyans are refugees in their own country as chaos looms

Police say 55,000 families have fled their homes over the past 10 months in Tripoli alone

Roland Oliphant

For Yusuf al-Fitori, the battle for Tripoli began at 8pm on April 4 last year. He remembers the moment exactly, because the shelling cost his wife her unborn child.

“We were watching television in the living room. Suddenly, the light went out, there was a power cut. Then there was the sound of medium and heavy artillery,” the 40-year-old customs officer said.

At 11pm, three hours into the bombardment, his wife noticed she was bleeding. To get to hospital, they had to sneak out the back of the house, and run zigzag across fields to dodge gunfire, but the miscarriage could not be prevented...

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