March 16, 2011 / 11:09 PM / 9 years ago

Benghazi quiet after Libyan army ultimatum: residents

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The Libyan rebel capital of Benghazi was quiet late on Wednesday after an ultimatum by the army of Muammar Gaddafi to avoid potential target areas there after 2200 GMT.

“In Benghazi, life is normal,” city resident Faiza Ali told Reuters by telephone.

Jibril al-Huweidi, doctor at al-Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi confirmed the city was quiet.

“Some ambulances are shuttling between Benghazi and Ajdabiya,” he said, referring to a city further west where loyalist and opposition forces clashed.

“They could not have made it repeatedly back and forth tonight if the evil forces were closing in on Benghazi.”

Reporting by Souhail Karam, writing by Tom Heneghan; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton

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