Monday, August 22, 2011

Libya rebels claim Roman city of Sabratha from regime

It is one of Libya's most extraordinary tourist attractions. The 2,000-year-old Roman city of Sabratha is one of the most perfectly preserved from the ancient world. It has temples, a forum, and a stunning theatre looking down on the turquoise Mediterranean with its softly lapping waves.

On Friday a small platoon of opposition fighters officially liberated it – climbing up the back of the theatre's spectacular colonnaded facade. At the top they tore down the green flag fluttering above the ruins – a symbol of Muammar Gaddafi's hated regime, still clinging on to power some 45 miles down the coast.

More at The Guardian

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