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Tag Archives: Tripoli
A documentary done by Al Arabiya.
By Oliver Holmes
Rival militias fought a gunbattle near office buildings and a five-star hotel in the centre of the Libyan capital on Wednesday, underscoring how volatile the country still is three months on from Muammar Gaddafi’s death.
A Reuters reporter said exchanges of both heavy and light weapons could be heard coming from the Tripoli district of El-Saadi beach, a stretch of Mediterranean coast overlooked by office skyscrapers and the Marriott Hotel.
Ambulance sirens could be heard and plumes of smoke rose from the area of the fighting, which had been continuing for at least 40 minutes.
Interior Ministry forces had blocked a one kilometer section of road alongside the beach, but they did not appear to be intervening. Two militia pick-up trucks, with anti-aircraft guns on the back, drove past towards the fighting.… Read More
Former rebels of Tripoli and a separate group of fighters from the city of Misrata fought with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns. Col. Walid Shouaib, a member of Tripoli Military Council, said the clashes were triggered by arrest of a Misrata fighter on New Year’s Eve by Tripoli fighters. He was suspected of robbery and the Misrata fighters were trying to free him.
A Misrata military council member, Mohammed al-Gressa, said he feared a civil war. He said a meeting was taking place between commanders of ex-rebels and the Tripoli military council.
“I am not optimistic because blood has been spilled,” he told The Associated Press. “I feel this looks like a civil war.”
Others said the clashes were not that serious.… Read More
A Libyan militia chief today said his fighters had captured nine supporters of overthrown leader Colonel Gaddafi who had been plotting to blow up Tripoli’s power grid on New Year’s Eve.
Abdullah Naker, the commander of Tripoli’s Revolutionist Council, said the men had been caught with explosives bought from the black market and were now being interrogated.
Militia groups who helped oust Gaddafi last year still hold considerable power in Libya and have taken the law into their hands in several areas.
Some have been setting up road blocks and arresting suspects despite the presence of an official police force.… Read More
By: John Thorne
TRIPOLI – A year ago, a Libyan design student named Redwan El Ejlase threw a birthday party in a chic Tripoli café for his close friend, Mohamed Kattaf.
How the interim government handles the reconciliation and delicate negotiations between tribes and factions will set the tone for the transition to democracy through to elections planned for 2013.
They welcomed guests and ate chocolate cake. Neither could have imagined their imminent separation by a war to overthrow a dictator who called himself, perversely, “Brother Leader”.
The swirl of events, which saw Muammar Qaddafi’s keen sense of political theatre fail him after 43 years in power, pulled apart Mr El Ejlase, Mr Kattaf and others who attended the birthday party.… Read More
The protesters used vehicles to close off Tripoli’s eastern Souq al-Jomaa… Read More
When Libyans rose up against the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi, those exiled abroad faced questions about their identity and role. We follow a group of Libyan exiles as they sacrifice everything to return home for the final assault on Tripoli
By Khadija Ali
The Libyan capital currently faces two problems, the lethal problems of widespread arms and the relatively less serious problem of trash. Those who used to be called “freedom fighters” and “revolutionaries” are now refusing to hand in their arms. While at the other end of the spectrum the capital is sinking in trash due to the absence of foreign labour workers and the eight-month long conflict.
Many efforts have begun in solving both problems. Demonstrations have been held in Martyrs SQ demanding the formation of a national army and also calling an end to arms.
Many NGOs have arranged cleanups around the capital to help address the waste disposal issue.
Interestingly enough the Tripoli council, which has been trying to fight both problems has finally managed a way to tie the two problems together to a collaborative solution.
On the afternoon of December 11 a cleanup was organised by the Tripoli Council at the park on the coastal road under the slogan: “A call from the heart to drop your arms and move on to building Libya.”… Read More