Volunteers in the anti-Gaddafi army look out at pro-Gaddafi troop positions after a jet bombed the rebel troops on March 2, 2011.
Credit: Trevor Snapp

Benghazi is Libya's second largest city. The port city in eastern Libya is where the revolt against Col Muammar Gaddafi started and there were celebrations when the residents overthrew Gaddafi's rule.

The rebels set up committees to govern and organized militias to fight against Gaddafi's forces. Now Gaddafi's army is back on the offensive and Benghazi is under siege.

  • Protesters cheer on top of the Tobruk police station at the central town square on Feb. 24, 2011. The square was a symbol of New Libya where tents were set up, people gave out free food and heavy equipment was used to repair the square.
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  • A woman holds up a photo of her son she says was killed by Gadaffi's forces in Benghazi on Feb. 25, 2011.
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  • A boy lights a fire in the Tobruk police station on Feb. 24, 2011. Rebellious citizens burned all the government offices and governed themselves.
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  • Women protesters in Benghazi on Feb. 25, 2011.
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  • A man weeps in the tank garage of the army barracks in Benghazi on Feb. 25, 2011.
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  • Protest organizers celebrate in an apartment in Benghazi on Feb. 25, 2011.
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  • Protesters in Banghazi on Feb. 25, 2011.
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  • Protesters work in a media center in Benghazi where they produce videos, information, music, graphic designs and a newspaper about their revolt to send on the internet and in Libya on March 1, 2011.
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  • A young protester.
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  • Protesters in Benghazi on Feb. 25, 2011.
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  • An army officer commands volunteers after a truck carrying weapons to the frontlines of eastern Libya was attacked on March 1, 2011.
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  • Members of a newly formed community militia fire an anti aircraft gun in Benghazi on Feb. 26, 2011.
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  • An explosive expert explains how to use TNT during a short training workshop in Benghazi on March 2, 2011.
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  • Volunteer soldiers guard an ammunition depot in Ajdabiya on March 1, 2011.
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  • Rebel army volunteers fire at a Mirage jet flown by loyal Gadaffi forces in a town near Ras Lanuf on March 3, 2011.
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  • Women pray.
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  • Rebel army volunteers at a check point near Ras Lanuf where they fought forces loyal to Gaddafi on March 3, 2011.
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  • Men grieve at the funeral of rebel army volunteers after the rebel army drove Gaddafi loyalists out Brega on March 3, 2011.
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  • Rebel army volunteers touch the head of man killed in a missile strike by army forces loyal to Gadaffi in Brega on March 3, 2011.
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  • A rebel army volunteer prepares to fight Gaddafi forces in a town near Ras Lanuf on March 3, 2011.
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  • Volunteers in the anti-Gaddafi army look out at pro-Gaddafi troop positions after a jet bombed the rebel troops on March 2, 2011.
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