Some Libyans Just Learn Of Gadhafi's Downfall In Libya, refugees are streaming out of Sirte, the last major town still in the hands of forces loyal to ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Cut off from the rest of the country, without electricity, many knew nothing of recent rebel advances, including the fall of the capital, Tripoli.
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In Libya, Some Just Learning Of Gadhafi's Downfall

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In Libya, Some Just Learning Of Gadhafi's Downfall

In Libya, Some Just Learning Of Gadhafi's Downfall

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

NPR's Corey Flintoff has been speaking with some of those civilians. As he reports, people in Sirte say they've been cut off from the rest of the country. And some don't even realize that a massive political change has occurred.

COREY FLINTOFF: Outside the small clinic, a young doctor in blue hospital scrubs says most of his patients are wounded rebel fighters. But the doctor, Mahmoud Adita, says he's seen a lot of civilians from Sirte, as well.

MAHMOUD ADITA: Today, for example, we received four ladies. They are in labor. And we transferred already to the Misurata.

(SOUNDBITE OF HELICOPTER)

FLINTOFF: An aging Russian-made helicopter takes off with the pregnant women. Adita says he's lost patients because he doesn't have enough transport to get them to the Misurata hospital in time. One man, who just brought his family out of Sirte, says that people there are cut off from the outside world.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken)

FLINTOFF: Others say they did know what was going on, and it gave them hope.

ISMAEL MILAAD: (Foreign language spoken)

FLINTOFF: Adam Ali, a rebel in dusty camouflage fatigues, says his men are looking for weapons. He says they've found a few pistols and photos that show some refugees had pro-Gadhafi leanings.

ADAM ALI: Some of them take picture with the soldier of Gadhafi and the machine of Gadhafi.

FLINTOFF: Corey Flintoff, NPR News, Misurata.

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