Libyans face tough Ramadan

Libyans mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with no end in sight to the fighting.

By REUTERS
August 1, 2011 09:22
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Libyan shuk 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Libyans have been getting ready for Ramadan with no end in sight to the fighting that threatens to overshadow the Muslim holy month.

It's a stronghold of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and many here expressed their support for him.

Ahmed, a resident of Tripoli, said, "Our preparations for Ramadan are the same as last Ramadan, and our morale is high because we are fighting crusaders, infidels, NATO, and we will not accept that some of our Muslim brothers allow those infidels to enter our country."

An unidentified woman said, "The prices have increased but God will help us and will make us and our son Gaddafi victorious. The prices are high. A bottle of milk costs two and a half dinars now and I have a big family."

After five months of fighting, the rebels are no closer to ousting Gaddafi despite support from NATO air strikes.

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