Blast hits hotel in Libya’s rebel-held Benghazi -TV


A large explosion damaged a hotel in the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi, Arab satellite television channels reported.

Al Jazeera reported that a “huge” blast had gone off outside the city’s Tibesti hotel. Arabiya television said the explosion appeared to have come from a car parked beside the building. Footage showed cars on fire beside the hotel.

Reuters witnesses said they saw no blood at the scene and that no casualties had been reported. The witnesses said they saw five burnt cars, Reuters reports.

The hotel, which overlooks the sea in central Benghazi, has been used for rebel news conference and the National Transitional Council, which is fighting to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has had offices there.

There was no immediate word on what caused the explosion. Given the location of the incident there will be suspicions that it was caused by a bomb.