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The Tibesti Hotel is a hotel situated overlooking the harbour of the 23rd July Lake in the city centre of Benghazi, Libya.
At fifteen stories tall, it is a particularly prominent buildingwith 242 rooms.
On 1 June 2011, the hotel came to international attention during the Libyan Civil War when explosives were detonated in a car nearby. A spokesman for the National Transitional Council called the bombing a "cowardly act".It was suspected that an officer was killed, and many people started to shout chants against Muammar Gaddafi while the hotel was being cordoned off.
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