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Africa North
Fighting continues in Tripoli - hotel hit, guests evacuated to basement
[Libya Herald] Clashes involving heavy weaponry continue in central Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
tonight. The Mahari Radisson Blu Hotel has been hit in the fighting and guests relocated to the basement.
Yo, Mahmoud...we'll be getting a discount, right? This wasn't in the brochure...
According to British businessman Richard Galustian, who had dined there, the hotel was hit a number of times, as were other buildings in the vicinity. A member of staff at the hotel confirmed that the building had been damaged, but not hugely. He said there was a lot of broken glass in the lobby.

"There is still very heavy fighting in the area but it now seems to be moving away from the hotel in both easterly and westerly directions," Galustian said. "Leaving the hotel, the fighting was very much in evidence in and around the Zawiyat Dahmani district of Tripoli, just minutes away from the hotel."
So enjoy your stay. Try the spa...
A mix of weapons were being used, he said, including many heavy weapons. There were reports that members of the Libyan Armed Forces had been ambushed on the coastal road near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he added. This remains, as yet, unconfirmed.

At midnight, fighting had been ongoing for nearly three hours.
Posted by:Fred