| A girl looks out of a car window accompanied by her father in Agedabia, eastern Libya, April 7, 2011. The forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi clashed with the rebels in the suburbs of Libyan eastern city Agedabia Thursday, according to rebel soldiers. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)|
by Liu Wanli
AJDABIYAH, April 7 (Xinhua) -- NATO's planes flew over Ajdabiyah when doctors in the town's hospital were doing surgery on an anti-government militant. The fighters guarding the hospital picked up their weapons and jumped onto trucks with machine guns after they heard their colleagues shouting "the government troops are moving here."
Within half an hour, hundreds of cars rushed towards Benghazi as people feared their town would become the battlefield for the fifth time in nearly two months.
The sound of the rockets targeting the government troops alarmed the fleeing people that fights have returned to the town.
Naji, a man in his fifties, has already sent his five children to Benghazi, the base for the anti-government insurgents.
His wife, who was washing clothes in the garage when the government troops broke into the town with tanks more than one month ago, was hit by a rocket and died.
"I have brought my children to Benghazi after their mother died because it is safe there. I have to come back to protect my house and shop," Naji said when showing us the debris of his car.
Most of the walls alongside the road in Ajdabiyah are covered with holes shot by bullets. Several houses hit by rockets were burnt down. The town that was home to about 150,000 residents before the unrest broke out only live with about five thousand now.