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Libyans celebrate the 'Eid of victory'

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Libyans celebrate the 'Eid of victory'


After almost 42 years of rule by Muammar Gaddafi, this particular celebration to mark the end of Ramadan will live on in the memory of Libyans.

Looking at the array of produce on offer in some markets in Tripoli, you would not think that this is a country emerging from six months of civil conflict.

“I wish everyone a long life,” said one man in the market, a baby on his hip. “Life is getting back to normal, people are starting to get out and about again. We have everything we need.”

“Everything is great,” a woman told euronews. “The atmosphere in Tripoli is fantastic. We’ve been to the market and it was fine. The shops are all open, the people are happy. All that’s missing is electricity, water and gas.”

But elsewhere in Tripoli, locals queued for bread. Two million people live in the Libyan capital – and life is a struggle.

Many shops and businesses are still closed. Electricity, water and communications are still cut and shortages of basic necessities are a daily reality.

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