Supporters of Operation Dawn protest in Tripoli against recent air strikes
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 00:38
Supporters of Operation Dawn and the General National Congress, protest in Tripoli's Martyrs Square against air strikes they believe were staged by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Protesters in Tripoli's Martyrs Square on Friday (August 29) denounced a recent series of air strikes that they believe were staged by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and called for the General National Congress (GNC) to be reinstated as the legitimate parliament of Libya.
On Sunday (August 24) residents in Libya's capital said that unidentified war planes attacked targets in Tripoli hours after a group called Operation Dawn, consisting mainly of fighters from the city of Misrata, seized Tripoli's main airport. There were also air strikes on Islamist-held positions on Monday (August 25).
The Misrata-led group, part of which is Islamist-leaning, now controls Tripoli and has pushed to reinstate the GNC. Islamists were much stronger in the GNC than in the new assembly dominated by liberal and federalist lawmakers.
Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet resigned on Thursday (August 28) to pave the way to forming a new government after parliamentary elections in June, a government statement said.
The election in June had been aimed at rebuilding state institutions in an attempt to quell three years of spreading violence since the ouster of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
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