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Libya: Left behind in Tripoli

Migrant workers heading to Tunisia from Libya
Image caption Migrant workers are continuing to flee Libya but for some they cannot even leave their homes.

As the International Criminal Court announces plans to investigate Col Muammar Gaddafi and his regime for alleged crimes against humanity, Libyan planes have been attacking towns taken over by rebels.

Libyans and expats of all nationalities have been affected by the unrest with the International Organisation for Migration reporting that 200,000 migrant workers have fled from Libya, crossing into Egypt, Tunisia and Niger.

But as BBC News website readers in the country reveal, for those who are left behind, the situation continues to remain uncertain.

Rawad, Tripoli

The situation at the moment in Tripoli is that it is very quiet. All of the shops are closed and only the banks are open to give each family 500 dinars to keep quiet.

There is a lot going on in the night time - there are black cars and people with guns. There are a lot of people who are out and against the demonstrators.

I live near Green Square, near the city centre. It may be very quiet but it is very scary still. We can't go out in the daytime so we try to go out at night, but people are dying or being arrested.

I am thinking about moving away from here if I can.

Gaddafi should give up power. Forty-two years is too much time. We are not happy; people have died - there is blood everywhere in the streets.

His reaction over the past few days was very very mad. The people he is using - most of them are from the desert. They are very crazy. They are agitated and very aggressive. They shoot their guns straight away but yet they have still all got the facilities they need to protect themselves.

On Friday, after prayers, we are looking forward to going out and taking part in some action.

We need to stay united on the ground.

Mohamed, Tripoli

I'm Somali and I live in Tripoli. The situation here is tense, even though there is no fighting.

I'm a black migrant and have been living here for more than three years. However now, because there was talk of black mercenaries working for the Libyan government, innocent people like myself are being targeted.

Most of us have to stay indoors. We can't get out of our houses. Some of us have been chased in the streets - I know of several people who have been injured.

I know some people who have tried to flee to Tunisia but the Libyan security has not allowed them to cross over and instead they have been put in jail.

Although most of the shops are closed, we have found that for people like us, we cannot go alone. We have to go in groups because of the fact we have become targets.

The Somali government died a long time ago - we are not expecting anything from them. But we are appealing to the international community for help.

We are trying to contact other Somalis living elsewhere in Libya so that we all know each other and can look out for each other.

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