While Col Gaddafi’s forces make advances on rebel-held territory, the capital is reported to be quiet but tense. One Tripoli resident – who did not want to be identified for his own safety – described the latest scenes to the BBC.
In recent weeks, the mobile phone service that allows users to check their credit has stopped working.
You now get a message saying “Unknown application” instead of the usual “Your credit balance is…”
Several people had already noticed that phone calls appear to be free – despite endless conversations, the credit never runs out.