Starting at about 3 a.m., intermittent rocket fire began to hit the outskirts of Benghazi and by dawn, had drawn closer. At least three homes in the Hay Dolar area in the south of the city took rocket damage, say two witnesses who visited the homes. “We were promised international action if Qaddafi threatened civilians,” says Nasser, a 21-year old Libyan volunteering with a neighborhood watch group in Hay Dolar. “Where is it? I’ve been in houses today that were bombed. Thank God, no one was killed, but people will start dying soon if this continues.” By 8 a.m., at least three fires burned within the city, in areas that had come under assault. At around 9 a.m., a fighter jet in flames crashed in the south of the city, sending up a fireball and a billowing cloud of black smoke over the sky.Read the full update here.
— Dan Murphy of The Christian Science Monitor, on-the-ground in Libya. Read the full story about Libya’s rebel capital bracing for direct conflict.
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CSMonitor reporter Dan Murphy is on the ground and reporting in Libya. Two new posts fresh on CSMonitor.com within the last hour, take a look: Silenced for decades crowds in ‘Liberated Libya’ berate Qaddafi and Scorn for Qaddafi explodes from ecstatic Libyans