Thousands of people fill Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square on Friday to denounce warlord Khalifa Haftar’s war on the capital. The demonstrators refused the military rule and called for a civil state, vowing full support to the Libyan Army to repel Haftar’s armed groups.
Tens of people - some civilians - have been killed or injured in Khalifa Haftar's offensive on Tripoli, which has entered its eighth day with fighting intensifying in southern Tripoli areas.
After fierce battles in Yarmouk camp in southern Tripoli, clam has descended on the frontline and in the area of Khalit Al-Furjan as the Libyan Army forces under the Presidential Council's command kept them under control since Wednesday.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has denounced the attack on Tripoli by Khalifa Haftar's forces and called for ending the offensive and for Haftar's forces withdrawal to its previous positions.
This came in a phone call with the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj on Thursday, when Merkel said there is no military solution in Libya but only a political one.
The Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he won't sit and watch if there are some parties using war to gain benefits from Libya.
Salvini's remarks came Thursday in response to news about France's support for Khalifa Haftar in his attack on Tripoli.
The Philippine government imposed on Wednesday a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya because of the ongoing attack by Khalifa Haftar's forces on Tripoli.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the indefinite ban would affect new Libya-bound workers and even Filipinos scheduled to return there after work breaks.
Officials from the city of Gharyan called on all Libyans and military forces to unite against Haftar's agenda of militarizing the state, stressing that Libya will only be a democratic civilian state and there is no way back to the dictatorship era.
This came in a statement signed by members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) of the city of Gharyan, in addition to the city's Mayor.