Journalist Lizzie Phelan provides her impressions after the fall of the city of Tripoli
Journalist Lizzie Phelan, which was evicted after the capture of the Rixos Hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which remained trapped in it for five days, provide in this article primary impressions after the fall of the city of Tripoli in the hands of NATO agents, where the danger and death and fear control this city , at the time of parading proudlythe hordes of NATO and their collaborators.
The journalist Phelan considered as one of the few journalists along with Telesur, Russia Today, Center for Research on Globalization and Voltaire Network who risked their lives to stand for the truth of what is happening in Libya about the propaganda published by the media coalition countries.
She Says: It was not easy, in this media madness that accompanied the fall of Tripoli to find a clear analysis about the way in which the events took place under the new dominant force. and after I stayed for five days trapped in Hotel Rixos, accompanied by 35 foreign journalists,I could not believe that those streets that we are in now are the same as what we had five months ago Those streets which were filled with vitality and motion, where families go to the beaches or come to prepare for Ramadan breakfast table now become desert. Fluttered the flags of the rebels instead green flags, replacing the very few barriers that was manned by volunteers from the young men and women by barriers separating between the barrier and the other 100 meters, guarded by tanks and fighters only men carrying sophisticated weapons provided to them by the strongest military in the world: «NATO ».
There is no longer an existence for those proud young Libyans Blacks , who secured the protection of neighborhoods they live in. And we saw them trapped and captives on pickups, such pictures that was not able to take it during the previous months but only in places like Benghazi and Masrata. They are victims of rumors which claimed that Gaddafi recruited mercenaries from African countries, a claim was largely refused by organizations defending human rights, due to the lack of any evidence to prove it.But in the new Libya, black exists in the ranks of the major tribes and among the population who doubted the rebels that they provide support to Gaddafi, and that crime deserve their death, if not worse.
When the Red Cross (ICRC) convoy arrived -of which we are a part-to the Corinthian hotel, and I was staying in it a while ago, and then at this hotel there was only two or three people guarding the entrance. This hotel was crowded with people waving with weapons provided to them by NATO and Qatar. his staff left and only a small group of exhausted people remain
I met later with some Libyan faces I have known, a Libyan woman where grief was hanging over her face. that employee answered while her eyes are full with tears when I asked her about conditions «Libya is always in our hearts adding Libya such as our mother, but we can not speak to her'. Because they belong to one of the tribes in the area of Bani Walid know that people are threatened with arrest at any moment only on charges of support for Gaddafi. she says «We in Bani Walid are a very proud people, generous, modest and worthy, under the banner of thre flag that the rebels raised, we’re forced to kiss the feet of the king before they speak with a single word. And now we are back to that era '. That was the lady from among the many people who advised me to quickly leave, I was among the few journalists who have focused their efforts on the results of NATO war on the country and sought to reveal how much popular support the Libyan government enjoyed and covere of conferences of tribes, at the time they tried to convince they do not have any popularity. And also tried to detect links between Libyan rebels and al-Qaeda, the organization that NATO was fighting in other countries such as Afghanistan.
Since the rebels announced that the assassination of Younis was done by al Qaeda-linked groups who exist within the ranks, the presence of these extremists became obvious .And the only security guarantee became joining the new Libya, my Libyan friend pushed me to return to my country and to talk about what was going on and happening now in Libya. As the battles were raging on the internal roads, which makes it particularly risky to anyone who does not have the protection of the rebels. It’s no longer possible for me to leave Libya but to the Mediterranean Sea. It was unlikely a few days ago, because of the disturbances that were taking place within the ranks of the rebels, where during it they were fighting inside the hotel about who is the true leader in it, and this conflict extends to include not only the road to the port of Tripoli, but also to large parts of the city. Over the four days they used to say us and for many times that we can leave, and each time either the person who is responsible to approve our departure disappears or replaced by another.
Apparently due to the presence of a lot of disparate groups, including the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya and the National Salvation Front (FIS) and different groups of people escaping from Gaddafi government, the Western forces now appear in public in the field fighting in completely unknown land. On the second day of my stay in Hotel Cornithian three British soldiers were constantly chanting that they are now charged with the security of the hotel. One of them told me that he arrived from Kabul and told me about that things are getting worse here, and when I asked him, do you think that Tripoli would be like Kabul, he replied, «It is very likely that we get to it with the presence of these different groups that disputed power.
At the time where no one did notive the high price for the fall of Tripoli of human lives. The Minister of Health, which was still on top of his work said that the outcome of 12 hours of fighting in the capital, is only 1,300 dead and 900 wounded.
Shortly after the bombing of Abu Salim neighborhood with Apache planes and missiles and grab it, which is the poorest neighborhood in the capital Tripoli, a witness said that he saw the bodies confluent and dumped in the streets, and when a relative of deaths wanted a verification of the death of his cousin in the hospital, which devoid of doctors and nurses, who either escaped or are hiding or were killed, one of the guards answered that there are no dead bodies in it, so feared parents are afraid that the bodies had been thrown into mass graves which will not be disclosed until after the long bloodbath that conflict with the letter (Free Libya), where it is the protection of civilians. In an atmosphere of turmoil in the frantic desire to control the country at any cost, it is impossible for those who are on the ground to demonstrate fairness to the flow of images that are displayed to them, at least as long as they are located on land controlled by the rebels.
One of the rebels, who rallied the French flag asked me where I came from, and when I replied from London, he replied, with a smile on his face «from Cameron, how much we love Cameron«. I tried to pretend to smile, because less criticism of the Prime Minister of my country can be considered as an indication of dissatisfaction with the new rulers of Libya.
While we watcht he ship that unloaded to let a place for travelers, one of the Italians commented as he looked to masters of the place and they are trying to use cranes and machinery necessary for unloading operations and leave the ship (They are like children running University).
While 43 people were scheduled to leave on board of a fishing boat length of 20 meters, there was one of the new rulers of Libya insists while checking our papers for four hours it is not allowed for any Russian or Serbian or Ukrainian to leave, in addition to Cuban nationals and Ecuadorians, states that had good relations with Muammar Gaddafi during the crisis.
In the end we left all of Libya, around midnight, except for one Russian. As the noise of tanks and the sound of bullets and the smell of death that fill the place slowly subsides, my memory conjures up pictures of the city of static, calm, hospitable and safe when I got it.