"People feel they are being held hostage. They are living in extreme fear," he said. "They cannot risk a comment. They cannot risk to be seen in places where there have been protests in the past."
Fear, hunger grip Tripoli as Gadhafi cracks down →
Dr. Esam S. Omeish, director of the Washington-based Libyan Emergency Task Force, said the fear is worse in Tripoli than when he grew up there.