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May 16, 2011

Libya: rebellion continues

Libya is entering the third month of fighting since a rebellion began in February. Today prosecutors from the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, his son Saif al-Islam Khadafy, and his brother-in-law Abdullah Al-Sanousi for organizing attacks on civilians during the uprising. Last week, rebels pushed out government troops from the Misrata airport, ending the shelling of that city. Despite air support from NATO, a grinding stalemate endures. Collected here are pictures of the rebellion and daily life in the country of over six million. -- Lane Turner (36 photos total)

Artist Salhen Obaidi cleans his hands after painting a mural in downtown Benghazi on May 15. Hundreds of new paintings and graffiti decorate the city of Benghazi since the rebels took control of the city. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

A boy attends a rally near the courthouse in Benghazi May 14. The protesters were calling on the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for Libya's leader Moammar Khadafy. They got their wish. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

Women observe an anti-Moammar Khadafy demonstration from a burnt building in central Benghazi on May 14. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

A boy jumps from the seaside boulevard to the beach in Benghazi on May 14. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

A Libyan rebel stands guard on top of a roof overlooking thousands performing noon prayers in Revolution Square in Benghazi on May 13. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Libyan rebels surround a house where a soldier loyal to Moammar Khadafy took refuge after killing a rebel during a battle in the town of Tamina, Libya on May 13. (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AFP/Getty Images) #

Libyan volunteers prepare food for rebel fighters and internally displaced people at a kitchen in Benghazi on May 15. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Libyan girl looks at pictures of people killed or missing since the uprising began three months ago on the wall of court house in Benghazi's Revolution Square on May 15. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Girls walk next to the entrance of a restaurant in Benghazi on May 6. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

Men check the internet before their sunset prayer in Benghazi on May 5. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

A boy rests on a street light pole in downtown in Benghazi on May 5. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

A Libyan man browses in a bookstore in Benghazi May 12. The revolution that swept Moammar Khadafy from power in east Libya has been a bonanza for bookstores as curious readers stock up on titles banned during his decades-long rule. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

A rebel fighter patrols in the desert south of the Libyan rebel-held town of Zintan in the Western Mountains on May 12. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters) #

A wounded girl evacuated from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata waits to be transported to an ambulance at the port in Benghazi on May 12. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

An injured Libyan rebel fighter flashes a victory sign from an ambulance after being evacuated from Misrata at the port in Benghazi on May 12. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Libyan youths sing near a courthouse in Benghazi May 12. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

Rebel fighter Abdel Rahaman Faraj, 15, grimaces as he is treated by a nurse in a public hospital in Benghazi on May 10. Faraj was injured two months ago in Bisher during fighting against Moammar Khadafy's troops. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

Rebel fighter Mussa Mohammed Mussa recovers in a bed in a public hospital in Benghazi on May 10. Mussa Mohammed was injured in Misrata May 1 during fierce fighting and was brought to Benghazi on a fishing boat. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

A Libyan rebel fighter walks near a checkpoint outside Ajdabiya on May 10, where fighting between rebels and forces loyal to leader Moammar Khadafy was ongoing. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Libyan children play inside a school set up by volunteers to keep the young ones occupied in Benghazi on May 8. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, the Marriott hotel is seen in the background as youths enjoy the beach in Tripoli on May 3. The Tripoli Marriott closed 10 days after it opened, as an armed uprising swept the country. (Darko Bandic/AP) #

A Libyan teenager salutes as he controls traffic at a busy junction in Benghazi on May 9. Children in Benghazi are not being sent to fight on the frontline, but they are helping Libya's revolution by cleaning streets, working as traffic cops, and dishing up rations to rebel soldiers. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man waves a national flag from the pre-Moammar Khadafy era on the seafront in Benghazi on May 11. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

A rebel fighter stands guard outside Kabaw in the Western Mountain region of Libya on May 11. Fighting in the Western Mountain region, home to the Berber ethnic minority, has intensified since the rebels seized the Dehiba border crossing into Tunisia last month, opening a key artery for supplies. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters) #

Ramzy Elshahiebi smokes a cigarette while assembling homemade bombs in Benghazi. Elshahiebi used to fish with dynamite and now makes bombs that serve the rebel army. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

Libyan men react as the main fuel depot in Misrata burns after a bombing by government forces on May 7. (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AP) #

People stand next to caricatures of Moammar Khadafy in Benghazi May 8. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

Libyan rebels walk in a stairwell after firing a rocket-propelled grenade towards pro-Khadafy forces from a high vantage point in Misrata on May 8. (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AP) #

A wounded rebel fighter is given aid in an ambulance at the Libyan and Tunisian border crossing of Wazin May 8. (Zohra Bensemra/AP) #

Tribesmen in traditional garb ride their horses into town to declare allegiance to the rebels in Revolution Square in Benghazi on May 4. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rebel forces celebrate upon returning to liberated territory following NATO bombings of Khadafy forces deep inside Ajdabiya May 9. (Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters) #

In this photograph made during a government-guided tour, a woman and her daughter walk among rubble in Zawiyah on May 9. (Louafi Larbi/Reuters) #

A Libyan woman walks on a street of Benghazi May 9 holding a picture of her late son, who allegedly died in a Libyan prison in 1996. (Bernat Armangue/AP) #

A family fleeing from the fighting in Misrata looks at the ship that transported them after arriving in Benghazi on May 5. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #

Volunteers work to recover and bury dead bodies for health and religious reasons in Misrata on May 4. Misrata doctors estimate that more than 1,000 people have been killed in their city in two months of fighting. (Bernat Armangue/AP) #

Relatives mourn during the funeral of Abdul-Gader Al-Faitori, a rebel fighter who died after being injured a month ago during combat in Benghazi on May 4. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) #



 
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