FOUR Libyan freedom fighters who were seriously injured during the battle to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi have arrived in Limerick where they will receive vital medical treatment in the coming weeks.
The four were among fourteen young men who arrived at Shannon Airport last night on board a private flight from Tunisia.
There were jubilant scenes as members of the Lyban Community from across Ireland welcomed the men as they emerged into the arrivals hall.
There was loud chanting as each of the heroes were presented with gifts and presents.
Fadel Assior, who was shot in the leg during the uprising, said he was delighted with the reception at Shannon.
â€œIt is like being at home, we are all one big family,â€ he said.
The initaitive to bring the injured men to Ireland was spearheaded by the Libyan Health Office in Ireland, which was established in conjunction with the transitional government in Libya.
Four of the men will receive treatment at Barringtons Hospital where they were assesed last night.
The remainder will be treated at the Bon Secours in Galway and at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dublin.
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated December 5, 2011