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Oregonian Says Benghazi Is Calm But Gadhafi Supporters Still A Threat

OPB | March 9, 2011 7:08 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:05 a.m. | Portland, OR

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An Oregonian visiting Libya says her family’s town, Benghazi, is calm. But she’s hearing reports of bombing and fighting in nearby cities.

Nadia Abraibesh grew up in Portland and graduated from Linfield College last spring.

She says a Benghazi hotel was recently targeted by grenade and gunfire.

Nadia Abraibesh: “There’s still supporters of Gadhafi in this city which makes people a little worried and no one really knows who they are or where they are and what’s going to happen. And definitely strikes from the air and people here are hoping there’ll be a no fly zone.”

OPB contacted Abraibesh by cell phone in Libya Wednesday.

She traveled to her father’s homeland before the revolt started. Her aim was to get to know her Libyan relatives, teach at a European school, and work on her Arabic.

She is due to return to the U.S. next month.

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