Update: Libyan crisis

A GROUP of British journalists and other foreign nationals have today been freed after being held captive at the “hotel from hell” for five days.

The 35 foreigners had been under siege at the �500-a-night hotel in Tripoli by soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

They are believed to have been freed by the rebel government or National Transitional Council (NTC) this afternoon.

Meanwhile, a �1 million reward was offered today for the capture of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as Foreign Secretary William Hague called on the Libyan dictator to recognise his 42-year rule was over and stand down his forces.

The ongoing conflict in Libya is having a serious effect of children, who have been left traumatised, according to a charity worker.

Children are said to be suffering from nightmares, separation anxiety and bed-wetting as a result of the unrest.