“We were trapped inside a target for the rebels.”

Talk about staying cool under pressure. This dispatch comes from the BBC’s Matthew Price, under fire at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli:

For several hours heavy weapons rocked the building. Bullets whistled overhead, whining through the fading light.

We gathered – the international media together – to work out what we might do. Body armour on, escape routes chosen. No route to the port, no boats there to take us out anyway.

Then the hotel chef came up and asked us if we would like dinner.

Libya conflict: Fighting rages near Gaddafi compound.

Anybody who wants to be a foreign correspondent should read this article. Several times.

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