Hundreds fleeing Libyan rebel city of Benghazi

AFP , Saturday 19 Mar 2011

Rebel fighters run for cover as shells fired by fighters loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode nearby, in Benghazi 19 March 2011.(Reuters)

Hundreds of people fled eastward from Libya's second city of Benghazi Saturday, as fighting raged around the rebel-held stronghold between insurgents and government forces, an AFP correspondent said.

Very heavy traffic clogged the road but rebel checkpoints were still manned and fighters screamed defiance against Libyan strongman Muamer Gaddafi, as a large plume of smoke was seen rising from the city behind them.

A man with a green flag standing in the road shouted, "Gaddafi will die, Gaddafi will die."

Opposition media outlets said Benghazi was coming under attack from the west, as foreign countries prepared military action to enforce a United Nations Security Council resolution directed at Gaddafi.

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