- Title: GERMANY: German nationals arrive back in Frankfurt after leaving unrest in Libya
- Date: 22nd February 2011
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (German) KATJA T, TEACHER AT A FRENCH SCHOOL IN TRIPOLIS, SAYING: "Of course it very unsafe. I was worried that I hadn't flown out earlier with the children but at first we were told it was in benghazi and then it slowly came down to Tripolis. I think from that moment, when they started, where there were militia, Africans who apparently came from Chad, who then shot at the people for money, at that moment it all started in Tripolis, because the people then said, our people are being shot at, now no return."
- Embargoed: 9th March 2011 12:00
- Location: Germany, Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: International Relations
- Reuters ID: LVA6RDSBYYCBCWKZVSK6WXRW1LCA
- Story Text: A flight carrying German nationals from Libya arrived in Frankfurt on Monday (February 21), with those on board describing terrifying scenes in the north African country.
"The situation was really unclear with wild rumours and I can't say any more," said one lady, who was visibly disturbed by the experience.
Another woman, Katja T, who works in a French school in the Libyan capital, described people being paid to shoot at the demonstrators. She said she was worried that she hadn't left the country earlier.
"We of course stayed at home. I didn't go out with the children any more. I then went shopping a few times and people were buying in supplies so that they didn't need to leave their house," she told reporters in Frankfurt.
Another passenger, lawyer Peter Stompfe, described the experience as "the most unsettling day in my whole life", adding "I am turning 67 and have never experienced anything like it."
Forces loyal to Gaddafi have killed dozens of people across the country, human rights groups and witnesses say, as Gaddafi fights an increasingly bloody battle to hang on to his 41-year rule.
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