Viewed from the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, the war in Libya is a surreal affair. Daily bus excursions take the foreign press corps to see demonstrations staged by hired pro-regime mobs, while every night the public address system rings with “all journalists, please gather at 8pm for a press conference”.

For most foreign journalists the price of working from Tripoli is staying at the Rixos, tended by government minders and fed a steady diet of propaganda.

On Saturday morning, however, a little piece of the real world, named Eman el-Obeidi, came crashing into our surreal existence. Charles Clover of the Financial Times reports.



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