Calls for More Protests in Tripoli, Benghazi to ‘Save Libya’ from Corruption

Protests in Tripoli in August. (AFP)
Protests in Tripoli in August. (AFP)
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Calls for More Protests in Tripoli, Benghazi to ‘Save Libya’ from Corruption

Protests in Tripoli in August. (AFP)
Protests in Tripoli in August. (AFP)

Residents of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and eastern city of Benghazi have called for peaceful protests on Monday against “all forms of corruption” and the “toppling of all political bodies.”

Activists in eastern Libya have been making these calls for days ahead of Monday’s rally that will be held in the afternoon in Benghazi.

The activists have been calling for “saving Libya” and “rejecting corruption”, which they blame on the spread of the coronavirus in the country, lack of basic services and unemployment.

The organizers urged the people to protest peacefully and shun weapons and violence as a means to resolve conflicts. They instead demanded peaceful solutions to problems.

Salheen al-Neihoumy, an official at the foreign ministry in the east-based interim government and a supporter of the Benghazi protests, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the rallies were prompted by the recent dramatic drop in living conditions.

The protesters will demand the overthrow of the political class and call for presidential and parliamentary elections, he said.

He accused the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the National Oil Corporation, headed by Mustafa Sanallah, of “tightening the noose around eastern Libya by cutting fuel supplies, which has led to power cuts for several hours of the day.”

Despite their divisions, the people in eastern and western Libya will protest on Monday for the same reason, sending a message that all regions are united in their demand for better living conditions and the ouster of corruption politicians.



UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)

The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday warned that the rights situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was drastically deteriorating, while there had been "unconscionable death and suffering" in Gaza.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," said Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He said that as of June 15, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers since October, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings."