After popular movements overturned the rulers of Tunisia and Egypt marking the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, Libya experienced a full-scale revolt beginning on 17 February 2011.

By March of the same year, following the UN Security Council declaration of a no-fly zone and NATO airstrikes, much of Libya had tipped out of Gaddafi’s control, coming under the control of a coalition of opposition forces, including soldiers of the Libyan Army who decided to support the rebels.

These photos were taken in May, between the first and second major offensives, and document daily life in the rebel controlled territories of Misrata and Benghazi, as well as the front lines of the battle between Gadhafi’s Army and rebel irregular militias.

Lybia, 2011.