Tens of thousands of worshippers have gathered in the newly-renamed Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli. This is one Eid they will never forget – the first since the fall of the Gaddafi regime.
The end of the Holy month of Ramadan is a time for relief and relaxation – but the joy here this year is palpable.
“We never thought we would feel like this, I never thought I see this happen in my lifetime,” said one woman. “There has always just been Muammar. It is the first time we have been able to celebrate Eid with joy and not tears.”
“One of my brothers was killed in the conflict, I only have one left now,” said another woman. “We are the El Hammi family and we are rejoicing at Gaddafi’s fate.”
“Eid without Gaddafi is the best one yet,” added a small boy, wrapped in the Libyan flag.
Libya has only taken its first few steps on the road to recovery after more than 40 years of authoritarian rule.
But the people here just want to savour the moment.
Our correspondent says people in Tripoli have a double reason to celebrate this year, it is Eid and Gaddafi has left the city. Green Square has been renamed Martyrs’ Square, and there is a lot of emotion.
- 1At least 400 killed by ISIL in Palmyra – Syrian TV
- 2Russia introduces a new law against “undesirable” NGO’s
- 3‘Beautiful Mind’ Nobel Prize winner John Nash killed in a car crash
- 4Poland’s Komorowski concedes defeat to rival Duda in presidential poll
- 5Palme d’Or for Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ at Cannes
- 1Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin | euronews, world news
- 2Chomsky says US is world’s biggest terrorist | euronews, the global conversation
- 3euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 4Nepal: ‘equally big earthquakes coming in eastern regions,’ expert tells euronews | euronews, world news
- 5It’s a girl: Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge gives birth in London | euronews, world news
- 6How Nepal earthquake devastated Kathmandu’s UNESCO heritage | euronews, world news
- 7Chernobyl Children: what makes Ukrainians born in 1986 different? | euronews, world news
- 8Juncker to Hungarian PM Orban: “Hello, Dictator!”
- 9Exclusive: unrest in FYR Macedonia could hit other Balkan countries warns Serbian PM | euronews, world news
- 10Evidence of ancient wine found in Georgia a vintage quaffed some 6,000 years BC
- 11International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 12Andrea Ferrari: the graphene guru | euronews, science
- 13International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 14Portuguese language reform law goes global | euronews, world news
- 15EU membership remains Serbia’s priority, says PM Aleksandar Vucic | euronews, the global conversation
- 16Watch: France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen clashes with UKIP MEP Woolfe | euronews, world news
- 17Spain: the viral soldiers fighting in Madrid and Barcelona mayoral races | euronews, world news
- 18How young translators are helping knit European culture together | euronews, generation y
- 19eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 20We will not be moved! China’s urban spread resistance [PHOTOS]
Wires > News
- 05:32 CET Indonesia’s military creeps back into civilian affairs
- 04:41 CET China clamps down on 181 “terror gangs” in west
- 00:35 CET Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative…
- 23:20 CET Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker docked at Sirte
- 21:11 CET Greece hasn’t got the money to make June IMF repayment – interior…
- 20:54 CET Syria says Islamic State kills hundreds, including children, in…
- 20:27 CET John Nash, mathematician who inspired ‘A Beautiful Mind’, killed…
- 18:50 CET Ex-advisor to Peruvian president disappears in Bolivia