Benghazi has become unofficial capital and center of the part of Libya now under the governance of revolutionary forces. A free press now allows for papers that could not exist under Gadaffi’s rule. Doctors in Benghazi have told the International Committee of the Red Cross that 256 people were killed and 2,000 injured in the eastern Libyan city in violence during the uprising.
ICRC staff who arrived in Benghazi late last night reported that Libya’s second city was calm, with some shops open and food available.
“A group of doctors in Benghazi, charged with coordinating health activities in the city, reported that 256 people had been killed and 2,000 injured in the unrest,” the Geneva-based humanitarian agency said in a statement.