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Last Updated: Friday, 25 July, 2003, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
Eyewitness: Monrovia's refugee hotel
Mr HM Jawary is the Lebanese owner of the Holiday Inn in central Monrovia. He tells BBC News Online of his experiences of the bombardment of the Liberian capital by rebels on Friday. As he was speaking, the sound of gunshots could be heard.


A lot of rockets are coming down on this area, which is in the heart of the city.

People running across the streets
The streets of Monrovia have become a war zone
Five rockets hit the hotel this morning. Another 25 rockets landed nearby.

Six or seven people were injured.

Yesterday, we were hit by another six rockets.

The situations is really terrible. I have a lot of refugees here, more than 200 people are staying in the hotel.

The hotel is five floors high and the whole ceiling is destroyed.

We don't go onto the top floor.

No water

It's too dangerous to go onto the streets outside.

I am just 1km from where the militias are firing their guns.

Monrovia (Image: Digitalglobe)

The hotel is near the ministry of justice, ministry of defence and the ministry of finance.

We have no water, no food and no electricity.

We had 6,000 gallons of water but we have had no supplies for several days.

Our generator has been hit by rockets and is not working.

For now, it's too dangerous to go outside to try and fix it.

I have sent my family abroad, to the United States but most Liberians cannot do that.

I am appealing to the superpowers and the region to come and help us here.





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