Benghazi Dispatch: No-Fly Zone Vote Hailed, But More Fighting Reported

BY Larisa Epatko  March 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM EST

When word came around midnight local time of the U.N. resolution in support of a no-fly zone, the main square in Benghazi erupted with gunfire, fireworks and marching, GlobalPost reporter James Foley said later Friday.

“It was by far the most firing I’d heard in my several days here and it continued throughout the night,” he told NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan in a Skype conversation.

Anti-government fighters in Benghazi had been gearing up for a confrontation with forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. “There was a sense among all people I talked to that they were willing to fight to the death. This is the city of the revolution,” he said.

But even as Libyan forces said they were implementing a cease-fire, eyewitnesses said the shelling and fighting was continuing in the nearby town of Ajdabiya, Foley reported.

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