Libya

Revenge - with machine guns - on the streets of Tripoli

 
At least five people were injured by bullets during a gun battle between rival militia groups near a security building in Tripoli on Nov. 4. Our Observer was at the heart of the clashes, which the authorities seemed incapable to stop. Read more...
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Four years of Obama: Observers from around the world share their disillusionment

 
Four years ago, much of the world rejoiced when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Many of our Observers, from Mexico to Pakistan, were among those who hoped his slogan of “Change” would apply not just to the United States’ domestic policy, but to its foreign policy, too. But today, their enthusiasm has somewhat died down. Read more…

One year after his death, Gaddafi's 'alive and kicking' on the internet

 
The throngs of Gaddafi supporters who used to gather in Tripoli's Green Square seem to have vanished since the bloody ouster of the longtime Libyan leader. One year after Muammar Gaddafi's death, our contributor caught up with them in the online world. Read more...

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Libyan militia lay siege to former Gaddafi stronghold Bani Walid

 
Deadly violence erupted earlier this week in northwestern Libya’s Bani Walid, once a stronghold of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, after Misrata-based militia allied to the country’s military clashed with armed groups from the town. Our Observer in Bani Walid describes how the fighting has wreaked havoc on the lives of its residents. Read more…
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Benghazi residents apologise after US consulate attack

A day after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, local residents held a demonstration to express their support for the United States and their indignation at the radical Islamists’ violence. Read more...

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'I saw Islamists attack the US consulate in Benghazi'

 
The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other embassy officials were killed in a violent attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night. The violence was sparked by a controversial video that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. A witness to the scene tells us what happened. Read more...
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One year after Gaddafi's downfall, Benghazi hit by mounting violence

 
A little more than one year after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s downfall, a string of attacks have hit the country’s eastern city of Benghazi, also known as the “cradle of the revolution”. The surge in violence has prompted local authorities to take tight control of all communication, leaving many in the city feeling helpless. Read more...
 

Extremists demolish Libya’s shrines using bulldozers, explosives

 
A little over a month after Libya held its first free elections in decades, the government’s grip on power remains tenuous as groups of extremists take advantage of the transition period to carry out attacks. Groups of Salafists have taken to targeting mausoleums and tombs across the country, which, despite being Muslim institutions, they believe to be symbols of heresy. Read more...
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In Tripoli’s post-revolution prisons, there is no rule of law

 
FRANCE 24 gained access to a detention centre administered by a revolutionary militia in the outskirts of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. We found an armed force with the full authority of regular police, but which exercises its power at random. See the images...
 
 
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On day of historic vote, Libyan activist returns to scene of violent crackdown

 
During the first days of the popular uprising against former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Samar Serguiwa filmed as pro-Gaddafi forces cracked down on protests in the country’s eastern city of Benghazi and posted the images online. As the country headed out to the polls on Saturday to vote in the first elections since Gaddafi’s ousting, Serguiwa returned to the exact spot where she recorded the video to pay homage to the victims of the uprising. Read more...
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