Daily life in Tripoli hampered by Libya’s political mayhem

By Erin Cunningham, July 1, 2014

TRIPOLI, Libya — None of the dozens of drivers lined up at this gas station in central Tripoli could buy fuel until the big guns arrived.

It was another chaotic day in the Libyan capital, wracked by shortages and a sense of peril. The battle-hardened militiamen assigned to protect the pumps insisted on artillery for protection before cars could begin to move.

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