The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Tripoli’s residents on social media are using the hashtag ‘Securing The Capital’ (#SecuringTheCapital) to call for the Libyan National Army (LNA) to secure the capital.
A Twitter user posted a picture of a notebook page that reads “Tripoli supports Field Marshal Haftar” and captioned the picture with the tweet:
“God is the greatest, God is the greatest. We’re on pins and needles waiting for the army to enter Tripoli and end this torment and for Tripoli to become like Benghazi”
Another user tweeted: “We demand that the Libyan army secure and protect the capital and clear it from militias”
Libyan journalist, Feras Bosalum, also voiced his support as he tweeted: “What happened in Sabha with militias dropping its weapons and withdrawing; and what is happening near Gharyan and Zawiya, must be repeated in Tripoli. We do not want war or destruction, we want to take back the country by securing the capital”
Matog Saleh, another Libyan journalist, tweeted: “The Libyan Army is on it’s way and it will be #SecuringTheCapital Tripoli.”
Tripoli has been suffering for years under the grip of warlords and militias. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) tried to contain these militias by integrating it into its security institutions. However, this strategy had destructive consequences as militias continued to violate the law and terrorize citizens while benefiting from GNA logistically and financially.
Last year, Tripoli witnessed a series of violent clashes between rival GNA-funded militias, which resulted in the killing of more than 100 people, while hundreds of others were wounded, displaced, or missing.
A cease-fire agreement sponsored by the United Nations Mission in Libya put an end to the fighting in September last year. However, clashes erupted again in January this year in southern Tripoli until another cease-fire agreement was reached with the help of the Supreme Council for Reconciliation in Tripoli.