In an interview with the BBC, former British Ambassador in Libya Oliver Miles has said that what happens next in Tripoli is the big question. The situation in Tripoli at the moment is tense but calm, he said. Many people in Tripoli originally come from all over Libya and they will have very close ties to people in the other cities such as Benghazi, Al-Bayda and Tobruk. He further mentioned that Libya has only existed in its current state for around 50 years, and that Tripoli and Benghazi originally were rivals of a sort. Many people have therefore been chanting that both the east and the west are one, to reinforce the feeling of one united Libya.
According to Mr. Miles, the uprisings are a very serious and unprecedented threat to Gaddafi’s leadership and he said there is a very real chance the dictator will be uprooted.
Dutch Ambassador in Libya Gerard Steeghs has expressed serious concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Libya. He spoke to a diplomatic representative of one of the EU countries who lives in Benghazi. The representative said he had been evacuated from his office and many buildings in Benghazi are on fire. He also mentioned that dead bodies are regularly brought into hospitals.
Ambassador Steeghs confirmed that the internet and phone lines are disrupted throughout the country, but that he himself still had access to the internet and international phonelines. He further mentioned that some of the unrest in Tripoli is caused by rebellious thugs who are using the pro-Gaddafi demonstrations to cause trouble.
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