The man pressed close, patting the pockets of a foreigner, repeating a single word: "Food. Food. Food."
Hundreds of migrant workers stranded by Libya's war clustered Thursday evening outside the harbor gates of this city, under siege since February from Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces. Battle lines cross through several of its neighborhoods. The loyalists' artillery or rocket batteries fire their munitions into residential areas. Electricity is mostly cut off.