Now Reading:

Libyans' patience with militias reaches breaking point

world news

Libyans' patience with militias reaches breaking point


Saturday was another day of clashes between rival militias in Libya which left at least one dead and a dozen wounded on top of the more than 40 deaths yesterday.

It was the worst street fighting in the capital Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi two years ago.

As one protest is resolved another flares up, and the prime minister is struggling for control. In the meantime people are scared, and dying.

Mohamed Yousef Altomi is a member of the Libyan National Congress. He told euronews: “During the next twenty-four hours we will see clearly and be able to analyze what is happening in Libya. The situation is now calm but not stable, and violence is expected at any moment , especially as people in Tripoli are very agitated and the atmosphere is as well.”

Altomi went on to say: “There were the funeral demonstrations for the dead today and people here feel angry. During the funeral Tripoli residents demanded tougher action to expel the armed batallions especially from the Gharghour district.

“Tripoli residents have confirmed that they intend to carry out civil disobedience if there is no agreement reached between the government and the militias. They will protest to get their demands met; that is disarmament around the country and the establishment of a state under the rule of law.”

Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.

Next Article