Monday, March 14, 2011
Information about Benghazi
Benghazi - several years ago.
Benghazi is the city in Libya where the "rebels" have their stronghold. It's currently under attack by the government forces of Libya.
Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya, the main city (or capital) of the Cyrenaica region (or ex-Province), and the provisional capital of an interim Libyan government. The wider metropolitan area (which includes the southern towns of Gimeenis and Suluq) is also a district of Libya. The port city is located on the Mediterranean Sea.
During the Kingdom era of Libya's history, Benghazi enjoyed a sort of joint-capital status (alongside Tripoli), possibly because the King used to reside in the nearby city of Al Bayda' and the Senussis (royal family) in general were associated with Cyrenaica rather than Tripolitania. Benghazi continues to hold institutions and organizations normally associated with a national capital city. This creates a constant atmosphere of rivalry and sensitivities between Benghazi and Tripoli and by extension between the two regions (Cyrenaica and Tripolitania). The population of the entire district was 500,120 in 1995 and has increased to 670,797 in the 2006 census.
In February 2011 mass protests against the government of Muammar al-Gaddafi occurred in the city. On 21 February, the city was taken by Libyan opposition groups and is no longer under the control of the Gaddafi government