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Libyans flock to beaches once preserved for Gadhafi elite

As temperatures rise in Libya hundreds of people are making their way to the coast and enjoying beaches that were previously exclusively for members of the former regime. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

Libyans have been taking to beaches once reserved for slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, amid hopes that the war-ravaged country could build a tourist industry.

The country has the longest stretch of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea with hundreds of miles of largely deserted beaches.

Could sun-soaked Libya become a tourism hot spot?

Attracting overseas tourists may prove problematic with some ongoing fighting between rival groups.

Militias have clashed in Zuwara, western Libya, in recent days, killing at least 18 people.

However an army official told Reuters Thursday that the two groups had stopped fighting after government troops imposed a ceasefire.

Reuters reporters in the town said there was no sign of fighting Thursday, in marked contrast to the day before when mortars and rockets were kicking up plumes of smoke, and the town hospital was over-flowing with the wounded.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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