(A fighter carries an RPG launcher on the road outside of Brega. (Nichole Sobecki/GlobalPost)
BENGHAZI, Libya — Explosions punctured the noise of city traffic here for most of last night, but it was only fisherman. Apparently they use dynamite.
In Benghazi, at the moment, even an ordinary job appears fraught with danger.
There was an increasing volume of small arms fire overnight, but it came from celebratory AK-47 bursts. The bravado, residents here said, helps ease the uncertainty of days ahead for this city — the last remaining rebel stronghold.
News headlines have emphasized the string of rebel defeats first in Ras Lanuf, then in nearby Brega and now possibly Ajdabiya, although despite consistent shelling by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it remains unclear who is in control there.
Rebel spokesmen offered a tour of the Ajdabiya on Wednesday, but it was cancelled because of “aerial strikes hitting Ajdabiya as of 1:25 p.m.,” said Khalid Asaya, a civilian coordinator for military affairs in Benghazi.
Some Benghazis believe that the rebels let Gaddafi forces into Ajdabiya Tuesday night in order to ambush them. Another view is that the rebels retreated from the shelling and then later advanced back.
Who controls what ground remains difficult to determine.
In Benghazi, however, with a population of almost one million and a working infrastructure — the lights and even the internet is still on — the population remains defiant.
Many here are pinning their hopes on the idea that Gaddafi won’t be able to extend his supply lines and manpower to stage an attack on a city of this size.