A wake-up call in Libya's Ras Lanuf
A rebel runs during a government airstrike in the area of Ras Lanuf, Libya, on Monday.
March 7th, 2011
08:09 PM ET

A wake-up call in Libya's Ras Lanuf

Editor's note: CNN's Ben Wedeman filed this first-person account of the scene in rebel-controlled Ras Lanuf, Libya, as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces prepared to launch an aerial strike against the town Monday.

"Down! Down!" the man at my hotel room door said. It was 4:30 a.m. Monday in Ras Lanuf, and I had hoped to get a decent night's sleep for the first time in weeks. Yet again, my hopes were dashed.

Through the haze of sleep deprivation and exhaustion, I could say nothing. I understood nothing.

The staff of the Fadeel Hotel was going from room to room, telling guests - journalists only - that they had to leave, at once.

I quickly dressed, packed my bag, and went downstairs.

It was still pitch black outside, and the lobby was teeming with still photographers, cameramen, translators, fixers, producers and print and TV reporters, all trying to understand why the urgent need to leave.

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  1. CountOfMontecristo

    Gadafi should use Paki troops.Pakistan owes Gadafi.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Right now Libya has about 2% of the oil in the world. Wait until Saudi Arabia get their uprising and we lose all the oil that come from Saudi Arabia, the Marines will be landing from the air and ground to protect the oil. Right now Libya is not that important for the US to risk a lengthy war with the Libyans for just over 2% of the world oil consumption.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation. http://nopolicestate.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt_29.html

    March 9, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

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    March 9, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
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