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After Three Weeks, Joy Has Turned To Struggle In Eastern Libya

Doctors working at a hospital in Benghazi joined other protesters Sunday in calling for a no-fly zone over Libya. i

Doctors working at a hospital in Benghazi joined other protesters Sunday in calling for a no-fly zone over Libya. Roberto Schmidt /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Doctors working at a hospital in Benghazi joined other protesters Sunday in calling for a no-fly zone over Libya.

Doctors working at a hospital in Benghazi joined other protesters Sunday in calling for a no-fly zone over Libya.

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After three weeks in eastern Libya, from shortly after rebels took control of the region from forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi to this past weekend, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is now in Egypt. And today she spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, who's also in Cairo, about the changes she saw in those three weeks.

From the joy she and other reporters first encountered — they were welcomed in one town by a standing ovation and hugs — to a more fearful mood now and a questioning about why the U.S. and its allies haven't imposed a "no-fly zone" over the country to help protect the opposition from Gadhafi's forces, Lourdes says the change has been dramatic.

Here's the conversation she had with Steve:

Steve Inskeep and Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, in Cairo

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