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Kikla
By Mourad TEYEB
14 Feb 2016

Our reporters were embedded with the Libyan Army during a battle against Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya) guerrillas in Kikla (South-west of Tripoli).

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Refugees of Tawergha 01
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
24 Jan 2016

In this living room women try to produce little home decorations, from discarded material, for sale to camp visitors, to help their families.

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Refugees of Tawergha 02
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
24 Jan 2016

A narrow alley leading into the western part of the camp. Makeshift homes are on both sides of the alley.

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Refugees of Tawergha 03
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
24 Jan 2016

Two school age girls pausing for the camera. They are lucky as they can attend the small newly opened make shift school instead of leaving the camp for another school.

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Refugees of Tawergha 05
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
24 Jan 2016

Mr. Mabruk Eswasi founder and director of AL-Saber (Patience) charity at his office with his assistant Aida. He founded the charity to keep people together and help them after they were forced to flee their homes in Tawergha. He says not a single government department since 2011 has offered us any help.

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Refugees of Tawergha 06
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
24 Jan 2016

Makeshift storage room and laundry room for the camp residents. All supplies are kept here prior to distribution.

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Refugees of Tawergha 07
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
24 Jan 2016

Young children showing the V sign to my camera. Some appeared happy with my visit.

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Refugees of Tawergha 08
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
22 Jan 2016

A makeshift play ground for children, but Tripoli’s bitter cold during my visit left the place empty.

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Refugees of Tawergha 09
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
22 Jan 2016

The western entrance, the main entry to the makeshift airport road camp, 10 km south of Tripoli, Libya.

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Refugees of Tawergha 10
Tripoli, Libya
By Mustafa Fetouri
22 Jan 2016

A group of old Twareghan men gathered around a small fire to keep warm in the only “events hall” as they call it. They receive visitors here, watch TV, and organize events for refugees such as birthday parties, weddings, and even circumcision parties. They treated me to a round of Libyan green tea and chatted about their future with little hope of any return home to Tawergha.

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Hannibal Kadhafi Files
Tripoli, Libya
By mchreyteh
17 Dec 2015

In August 2011, a group of militiamen, who were fighting against the Libyan president Mummer Kadhafi, entered the house of Kadhafi’s youngest son, Hannibal, in Tripoli, and found a tablet device which they believe was his personal device.

The device was turned over to a group of media activists in Tripoli, who examined the content. On the device they found thousands of photos and videos, including personal and family images. In a folder titled “Bosleem” there were videos that appeared to show prisoners being tortured during questioning, and photos of what are believed to be prisoners including their names, some appearing to be injured. The content also included Word documents and power point presentations some of which are encrypted.

The media activists have posted on social media a number of photos of Hannibal Kadhadi and his family, and several videos of prisoners being tortured. The activists group says one of its members was kidnapped and his fate remains unknown. Since then they have felt that they are in danger and have had to change locations frequently. They decided to move the content of the device outside of Libya. They contacted Lebanese journalist Mohamad Chreyteh, and one the the activists travelled to Lebanon in 2014 and gave the journalist the content.

Mr. Chreyteh says he has been working on organizing and verifying the content over the last year. He says he decided to make some of the content public on Sunday December 13, 2015, after hearing news that Hannibal Kadhafi is being held in detention. Kadhafi was turned over to Lebanese Internal Security official by gunmen who had seized him in Baalbek on Thursday December 10. Kadhafi is under investigation and official are trying to determine if he can be put on trial in Lebanon, in connection with the disappearance in Libya of Lebanese Shiaa spiritual leader and founder of the Amal Party, Moussa al-Sadr, in 1978.

The content includes many items that have not yet been made public:

  • More than 700 photos and videos, of Hannibal Kadhafi, his wife, children, homes, yacht, private jet and international travels.
  • More than 1700 photos and names of who are believed to be detainees held at Bosleem prison in Tripoli.
  • More than 50 video clips showing what appears to be the interrogation and torture of prisoners.
  • More than 35 documents including letters from investigators in Kadhafi’s security forces to senior officials, lists with names of wanted people, lists with names of detainees, lists with names of people recommended to be set free, notes detailing prisoner interrogations, letter from a senior military police official to a senior judge.
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Family Photo (089)
tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

Hannibal Kadhafi and his Lebanese born wife Aline Skaf in what is believed to be their home.

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tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of a lengthy undated document from 2011, that appears to be a report by a Libyan security official to a superior on the uprising against the Kadhafi regime in 2011.
The subject "Summary of the current incidents based on investigations of detainees".
The report says that what it refers to as the 'conspiracy', started in Benghazi on February 7, 2011, blaming it on what are called "crusader countries" including the US, France, Italy, and the UK.
The report goes on to also blame Arab countries including Qatar, UAE and the Arab League, as well as external opposition and "internal traitors".

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tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

This is a of a portion of an undated document from 2011, that appears to be a reply by a Libyan security official to a letter from his superior dated May 18 2011. The document appears to be a report of interrogations of prisoners who have identified other people as participants in the uprising against the Kadhafi regime.

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tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of a document dated June 24, 2011, that appears to be a list of detainees at the 'central prison', believed to be Bosleem Prison. The document lists the names of 385 prisoners showing their file number, nationality, and location and date of their apprehension.

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tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of an undated document from 2011, that appears to be a letter by a Libyan security officer to a superior, accusing a police officer named Sufian Fawzi al-Seid al-Zarkani, of participating in the uprising against the Kadhafi regime.
The report also claims that the officer hid members of the opposition in his house, and did not allow his family to watch Libyan state television and instead allowed them to watch external channels such as al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya.

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Libyan Coast Guard Seizes Migrant Boat
Tripoli
By Taha Zag
06 Jun 2015

Libyan coast guard vessels intercept a boat carrying 120 African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and force it to return to the port of Tripoli.

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Troops Loyal to Libya Dawn Launch Off...
Sirte
By laura.lesevre
17 Mar 2015

March 17, 2015
Sirte, Libya

Islamist troops loyal to Libya Dawn, a self appointed government based in Tripoli, have been instructed to drive ISIS out of Sirte. The 166 Brigade and militias from Misrata began their offensive against ISIS in Sirte, a coastal city that used to be a stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi.

The allied Islamist fighters have not yet been able to enter the city despite launching an offensive on Saturday March 14, 2015. They claim that Gaddafi loyalists are in control of the city and are now fighting under the ISIS flag.

In this video Gian Micalessin, an Italian veteran war reporter with more than 30s years of experience in war journalism who has covered Libya since 2011 revolution, visits the front lines with the allied fighters.

A longer rough cut is available on request.

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Car Bomb Targets Anti-ISIS Task Force...
Misrata
By Bujezia
15 Mar 2015

March 15, 2015
Misrata, Libya

In a suburb of Misrata, Libya's third largest city and 187km east of Tripoli, a car bomb exploded in front of a camp of faction calling itself the 166 Battalion. According to local sources, one person was killed and several others were wounded. The 166 Battalion has been tasked with fighting ISIS in Sirte, where clashes broke out on Saturday 14 March. Video shows the aftermath of the car bomb which went off late on Sunday night.

Misrata is the power base of the Libya Dawn umbrella group which seized Tripoli in August, forcing the internationally recognized government east to Tobruk.

A group with ties to ISIS also claimed responsibility for several other high profile attacks, including that on the Corinthia Hotel in which six foreigners were killed. They have promised to retaliate with further violence if they continue to be attacked.

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Libyan Traditional Dress Day
Tripoli
By Bujezia
13 Mar 2015

The Libyan Ministry of Culture and Civil Society in Libya announced the 13th of March as the National Day for the Libyan Traditional Dress, and the held an event in the capital Tripoli where hundreds of young people dressed up in traditional costume and walked around the city. A large ceremony was held in the Martyr square, with performances from folkloric and traditional Libyan music acts.

Hundred of the youngsters danced and enjoyed their day out in the city center, welcoming the short break from the conflicts which the country has seen over the recent months. However violence in Libya continues; most recently a police station was bombed not far from the city center on Sunday 15 March with ISIS have claiming responsibility.

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Aftermath of ISIS Hostage Situation i...
Tripoli
By hamzaturkia
28 Jan 2015

January 28, 2015
Tripoli, Libya

Video shows the aftermath of an attack on the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli Libya, popular with foreigners and diplomats. Local sources indicate that nine people were killed, five of whom were foreigners.

According to eye witnesses a bomb went off outside the hotel after three gunmen entered the building. They said that the three men were aged between 20 and 30 and were clean shaven.

They took one hostage and fought with security forces before detonating explosive belts, killing themselves and their hostage.

A twitter account with links to ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Hostages Taken in the Corinthia Hotel...
Tripoli
By hamzaturkia
27 Jan 2015

January 27, 2015
Tripoli, Libya

Video shows Libyan Special Deterrent Force, staging outside the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli where gunmen are holding hostages.

According to the Transterra contributor a bomb exploded outside the hotel after the gunmen entered the building. He says that according to witnesses there are at least 3 gunmen aged between 20 and 30 and clean shaven.

The video also shows what is believed to be a security camera photo of one of the gunmen inside the hotel.

A Twitter account linked to Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Tripoli, Lebanon
By Cherine Yazbeck
16 Jan 2015

Tripoli, Lebanon

January 16, 2015

Residents of the Muslim-majority city of Tripoli in north Lebanon denounced the caricature that portrays Prohpet Mohammad, published in the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the attack that killed several of the weekly’s staff members.

This video shows interviews with Muslim men who participated in Friday prayer at Al-Tqwa Mosque in Tripoli, including Salafist Sheikh Salem Al Rifaei, member of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon.

Heavy presence of Lebanese Army and security forces was seen in the main streets of Tripoli during and after the Friday prayer.

Muslims around the world denounced the new Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly shooting. The shooting was carried out on January 7 at the newspaper's offices in Paris by two French Islamist militants and killed 12 persons, including caricaturists and a security officer. The latest issue of the newspaper was published on Wednesday January 14 and featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front page.

Shot List

  1. Wide of Allah Square in Tripoli
  2. Wide of Lebanese Army vehicles in Allah Square
  3. Wide of police vehicles parked in main square
  4. Wide of shoe shiner polishing Lebanese soldier’s boots
  5. Wide of taxi driving of
  6. Wide of Taqwa mosque. NAT SOUND (Arabic): call to prayer
  7. Wide of Lebanese Army armored personnel carrier near Taqwa mosque
  8. Wide of screen featuring CCTV footage from inside mosque of cleric Sheikh Salem Rafei
  9. Wide of teenage boys praying outside mosque
  10. Wide of Sheikh Salem Rafei coming down the stairs

  11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Mahmoud el-Rassif

1:07 We did not see them [the cartoons that portray Prophet Mohammad] we only had a glimpse. However, in general, this harms Muslims. Muslims feel this in their heart. This harms us. This is an insult to our prophet Mohammad, whose teachings and ethics guide us. For us, this is definitely unacceptable.
They should practice freedom of expression regarding their leaders; as our revered sheikh Salem said, they should do this with their kings, not prophets and God’s messengers. As I said, this harms us and Muslims. We do not accept this.
This is justice. They doomed themselves. We do not like aggression. No one should attack others’ religion.
Prophet Issa [Jesus] peace be upon Him whom Christians consider their prophet, or even their God – it is their own religion -- is also our prophet and a messenger of God whom we do wish to be harmed. We did not attack you, therefore do not attack us.

02:25 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Bahaa' Abass
Yes, I saw them [the cartoons]
Interviewer: What did you think of them?
This is blasphemy against Islam and Muslims. They are describing Prophet Mohammad in ways that God Almighty does approve. And Muslins also do not approve this. God’s enemies want to insult God’s religion. They are insulting our prophet. May God avenge whoever did this.
Those who insulted our Prophet deserve more than this. If they were still here… may God avenge them! God is greatest! May God avenge every person who described the Prophet in ways that do not befit him. This is the West! They claim to support democracy and freedom of media. God is greatest! May God avenge them.
Any Muslim needs to defend the Prophet peace be upon him.
They insulted the prophet peace be upon him. They are doing things that God almighty does not accept. They are doing this to say that Muslims have revolted and practiced terrorism. None of this is permissible. This is a conspiracy against Islam. This a conspiracy against Islam, Muslims and the Prophet peace be upon Him. This is a conspiracy! All of this is blasphemy.
Anyone who does not denounce what the newspaper has issued is considered a Muslim.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Men) Sheikh Salem el-Rafei, Imam of Takwa Mosque, member of Association of Muslim Scholars

04:41
Today, France in which the French Revolution took place and the scientific renaissance, and where a renaissance started which claims to defend the human rights to choose one’s religion, there is a newspaper that is insulting the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon Him. It would have been better for the French government and the Western governments to condemn this issue. They should not leave the condemnation to us; they should condemn it. This is an insult to all religions, an insult for one and a half billion Muslims around the world. They should have condemned this, but unfortunately, we see that the West is silent. They justified that by saying it is freedom of speech. Is it a freedom of expression in mocking Muslims and their religion?
We say that we feel sorry that the West reaches this level of intellect, at which it insults Muslim symbols, or the greatest symbol for Muslims and say it is freedom of expression.
We feel sorry that decadence in the West reaches this level. This is all staged. Germans doubted the images that they showed us and said that there were plans according to which the men who carried out the attacks were following. It was set up.
Germany believes that this has been set up by the French government and accused Muslim youth of doing it to justify it war on Libya. I think that first of all the French government should investigate this issue, before we say ‘terrorist attack’ or anything else. Investigate the issue. Maybe the men were killed without being interrogated. Without being given the chance to be detained and clear that [bad] image, which shows that Muslims are terrorists and extremists.
I wish that France conducts an investigation, and that media demands the French government to investigate what happened.
How could they jusyify this, it [French government] will say that terrorists came, therefore we can go into Libya and take oil. They do not care about principles or values. They drool when they see oil, the same way the US drooled over Iraqi oil. They said there were weapons of mass destruction but it was all a lie.
I say if France is Christian, it should emulate its pope. If France is Christian, then let it emulate the pope. If it is atheist and does not believe in any religion, then it should not insult any religion. The West cannot say “we are tolerant and accept the other” then insult the other’s religion and prophet. This is not fair and not an example of tolerance. This is intellectual terrorism. What can we call this? Intellectual terrorism. As they denounced [the killing] they should denounce [the cartoons]. This is more deserving of being denounced.
Interviewer: Are you preparing for any demonstrations in Tripoli?
Sheikh Rafei: We did not prepare anything, because everyone is conspiring against Muslims. If we demonstrate they will call us terrorists. What good will it do? If we go to the street, the [military] intelligence will

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Al-Taqwa mosque
By oriolanga
15 Jan 2015

During the Friday prayer in Tripoli's Al-Taqwa mosque, Salafist sheikh Salem Al Rifaei hardly critized the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, that published illustrations of the Prophet in its first publication after the deadly shooting in its office

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By oriolanga
14 Jan 2015

Salafist sheikh Salem Al Rifaei seen outside Al-Taqwa mosque during Friday prayer, in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday 16 January, 2015.

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Tripoli, Lebanon
By wissam fanash
14 Jan 2015

Tripoli, Lebanon

January 16, 2015

Residents of the Muslim-majority city of Tripoli in north Lebanon denounced the caricature that portrays Prohpet Mohammad, published in the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the attack that killed several of the weekly’s staff members.

This video shows interviews with Muslim men who participated in Friday prayer at Al-Tqwa Mosque in Tripoli, including Salafist Sheikh Salem Al Rifaei, member of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon.

Heavy presence of Lebanese Army and security forces was seen in the main streets of Tripoli during and after the Friday prayer.

Muslims around the world denounced the new Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly shooting. The shooting was carried out on January 7 at the newspaper's offices in Paris by two French Islamist militants and killed 12 persons, including caricaturists and a security officer. The latest issue of the newspaper was published on Wednesday January 14 and featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front page.

Shot List

  1. Various of Allah Square in Tripoli
  2. Wide of Lebanese Army vehicles in Allah Square
  3. Medium of Salafist flag in Allah Square
  4. Various of Allah Square
  5. Various of streets
  6. Various of main square
  7. Various of street
  8. Various of Taqwa Mosque
  9. Wide of soldiers outside Taqwa Mosque
  10. Various of street outside Taqwa Mosque
  11. Various of men inside Taqwa Mosque while Sheikh Salem Rafei preaches
  12. Various of street
  13. Various of Taqwa Mosque
  14. Various of men praying
  15. Wide of Sheikh Salem Rafei walking down the stairs surrounded by bodyguards

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed
I am against these drawings. We are against anything that insults Prophet Mohammad Peace be upon him. We support all religions. We do not accept to say anything about others’ religion and we do not accept that others say anything about our religion. We are Muslims and Christians are our brothers, but we are against any drawing of Prophet Mohammad Peace be Upon him.
This is regretful because we respect the French people. We respect our Christian brothers. We respect all religions. They should also respect us because we form a people. We are not few. There are many of us [who love] Prophet Mohammad. This is unacceptable. There should be uproar in France and other countries. The French authorities should prevent them drawing Prophet Mohammad. That is all what I have to say.
Interviewer: If they did drew the Prophet again
Man: This is will violence from our side. The nation of Mohammad will hate them more because nobody accepts this – neither Jews nor [anyone else].
Lebanon should protest against this. Our muftis who are sleeping should mobilize. My voice will not be heard, but they are important and their voices will be heard.

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Unnamed
02: 16
What drawings? They drew our Prophet Mohammad. Do these drawings represent Prophet Mohammad?! We as Muslims… When I came to this world I found that parents believe in God, the Prophets and the angels. We do not know the Prophet. Do they know the Prophet? How could they draw him? Do they know him? Do they Jesus, whom they draw? They do not know anything. They are only inciting the crowds against us. They are talking about terrorism, they are terrorists. What they are doing is terrorism. This will start terrorism against them. If there was no terrorism, this will cause terrorism.
(5:21 – 5:36) NAT SOUND, Arabic, Sermon of sheikh Salem Rafei; “… should this be criminalized or considered freedom of expression. This is an insult to religions and hatred of Islam. This is injustice.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Mahmoud al-Rassif
As I said, this harms us and Muslims. We do not accept this.
Interviewer: But 17 people also died because of this. Do you think this is justice?
Mahmoud al-Rassif: This is justice. They doomed themselves.
Interviewer: Do you accept what happened in France? You are also against killing people.
Mahmoud al-Rassif: We are against this. We do not like aggression. No one should attack others’ religion. We have never harmed Prophet Issa [Jesus] peace be upon Him, whom Christians consider their prophet, or even their God – it is their own religion -- is also our prophet and a messenger of God whom we do wish to be harmed. We did not attack you, therefore do not attack us.
SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Abed Abou Arida
We are definitely against [these drawings.] [others standing next to him: “We are all against this”]
Interviewer: Why?
Man: Because God sent the Prophet for the entire world, not only Muslims. Had they known the Prophet, they would never have talked about him like this. They do not know him and have not read about him.
We are not terrorists. This is freedom. We are free just as they are. They should not consider this terrorism. What the men [attackers of Charlie Hebdo office] have done is nothing. This is nothing at all. They should have done more.
Interviewer: What should they have done in your opinion?
Man next standing to bearded man’s left: They should have blown the newspaper up. We consider the [assailants] martyrs, God willing.

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Abdel Karim Saada
07:42
Every person should know that if he assaults the Prophet this way, this is what will happen to him. He will die. God almighty said: “Verily We will suffice unto thee against the mockers.” Even if we did not do anything, God will avenge them. In another verse God says: “Verily We have bestowed on thee Kawthar [a river in Paradise] So pray thou to thy Lord and sacrifice. Truly it is thy traducer who shall be childless.” God shall avenge, if we did not.
SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Mohammad Khalid Fatima, Resident of Tripoli
08:02
What do they want? They say that we are terrorists and that we are so and so… They are generating this terrorism. They are manufacturing terrorism it. They are saying to terrorists: “Come and do this.” If someone said: “Peace be upon the prophet Mohammad” and preserved the Prophet, should he then be considered a terrorist?

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Unnamed, resident of Tripoli
08:20
This is not terrorism. This terrorism with kebab… it is not a big deal. Any Muslim is considered a terrorist, no matter what he did. This has been done for the sake of religion. If it was wrong, then may God bless him.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Bahaa Abs Abu Baker, Resident of Tripoli
08:32
“Those who insulted our Prophet deserve more than this. If they were still here… may God avenge them! God is greatest! May God avenge every person who described the Prophet in ways that do not befit him. This is the West! They claim to support democracy and freedom of media. God is greatest! May God avenge them.

“They insulted the prophet peace be upon him. They are doing things that God almighty does not accept. They are doing this to say that Muslims have revolted and practiced terrorism. None of this is permissible.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Men) Sheikh Salem el-Rafei, Imam of Takwa Mosque, member of Association of Muslim Scholars
09:29

In France in which the French Revolution took place and the scientific renaissance, and where a renaissance started which claims to defend human rights – the human right to choose one’s religion – there is a newspaper that is insulting the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon Him. It would have been better for the French government and the Western governments to condemn this issue. They should not leave the condemnation to us; they should condemn it. This is an insult to all religions, an insult for one and a half billion Muslims around the world.
We say that we feel sorry that the West reaches this level of intellect, at which it insults Muslim symbols, or the greatest symbol for Muslims, and say it is freedom of expression.
We feel sorry that decadence in the West reaches this level.

I think that first of all the French government should investigate this issue, before we say ‘terrorist attack’, a crime or anything else. Investigate the issue. Maybe the men were killed without being interrogated. Without being given the chance to be detained and clear that [bad] image, which shows that Muslims are terrorists and extremists.
I wish that France conducts an investigation, and that media demands the French government to investigate what happened.
France wants Libya’s oil. How could they justify this, it [French government] will say that terrorists came, therefore we can go into Libya and take oil. They do not care about principles or values. They drool when they see oil, the same way the US drooled over Iraqi oil. They said there were weapons of mass destruction but it was all a lie.
I say if France is Christian, it should emulate its pope. If France is Christian, then let it emulate the pope. If it is atheist and does not believe in any religion, then it should not insult any religion. The West cannot say “we are tolerant and accept the other” then insult the other’s religion and prophet. This is not fair and not an example of tolerance. This is intellectual terrorism. What can we call this? Intellectual terrorism.

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Kamal Rafei, Resident of Tripoli
12:01
If they want the newspaper to be sold, then they should improve its level. It is better than sinking to that level just to sell the newspaper. This is proof that your people are superficial. Fifty thousand copies were sold; now, five million copies were sold. This is proof that these people are superficial and not educated.
It is not right to consider that European blood should be preserved while Muslims’ blood is worthless. I lived in Europe, in Germany. These things… you, the people, the intellectuals, journalists and leaders of opinion, you should know the facts and say the truth and stand by the truth. People are not stupid. Otherwise, let be separated. You live in your countries and we will live in ours. Take the seculars and the people with no religion to your country. Whoever admires France’s freedom and debauchery may go and live there.

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Libyan Army Defends the Country's Lar...
Sidra, Libya
By TTM albattat
22 Dec 2014

December 22, 2014
Sidra, Libya

“The Oil Installations Guards” in the Libyan Army have deployed artillery and military vehicles in the port of Sidra, east of Tripoli, to defend Libya's largest oil depot. Libyan Army soldiers and fighters loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar have been engaged in heavy clashes with the “Dawn of Libya” militia which launched a military offensive at the beginning of last week, to control the oil rich area which includes Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Briqa in the north of the country.

Interview:

(00:58) Waniss Bukhmada, The Commander of the Saiiqa Special Forces, (man, Arabic):

"The World should take a strong position regarding what is happening now in Libya.. The World should be clear and explicit with the Libyan people that is asking for freedom, security and stability. The Libyan people is not satisfied with what is happening.

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Aftermath of Airstrikes Against an Is...
Zuwarah, Libya
By hamzaturkia
15 Dec 2014

The aftermath of airstrikes in the Libyan town of Zuwarah.

Large food supplies were destroyed and infrastructure severely damaged when missiles landed on a warehouse for food storage and a chemical factory.

At least eight people were killed and 24 others wounded, including 10 African workers.

These airstrikes were carried out on December 2 by the forces of retired General Khalifa Haftar, who are trying to recapture areas in east Libya from Islamist rebels. Another wave of airstrikes, 10
days later, targeted areas in Zuwarah’s outskirts near the border with Tunisia.

Residents also expressed their anger that General Haftar’s attacks are harming civilians.

Rebel leaders accused Egypt of providing Haftar’s forces with warplanes used in the attacks.

The recent series of airstrikes also targeted a rebel-held international airport in in the outskirts of Tripoli. The spokesman of the rebel security force that controls the airport said that the bombings
were carried out during two consecutive days. According to the spokesman, the attacks targeted the airport’s runway, causing minor injuries and damaging civilian homes near the airport.

A bloody conflict has pitted two Libyan governments against each other since August. The country is torn between militias that were once united to oust dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Despite recent United Nations mediation to broker a peace accord, fighting between the warring factions continues to weaken this fragile country. The prosperity to which Libyans have long aspired seem to many like a far-fetched hope.

Shot list:

2 M/S of a destroyed warehouse

C/S of food bags

M/S and C/S of a burnt truck

Various shots from the hospital

Various shots from Zuwarah Square

Various shots of streets of Tripoli

Various shots of destroyed houses near Mitiga International Airport

Various shots from inside the Mitiga International Airport

SOUNDBITE

(Arabic, man) Unnamed employee

(00:30) We were working normally at the offices when were caught by surprise by missiles falling on the warehouses, killing 8 persons and wounding 14 others. These warehouses provided food supplies from Sabrata to Ras Jdair (00:54).

(Arabic, man) Issa al-Mansuri, a resident of Zuwarah

(01:39) We condemn these bombings by Haftar’s air force. They are targeting civilians and innocent foreigners who have nothing to do with [this conflict]. These airstrikes are destroying infrastructure and will not solve the problem. We want a ceasefire by any possible means, we do not want airstrikes in addition to the fighting. We have enough weapons to hold war on different front lines and they are bringing in weapons and pilots from abroad. How will they solve the problem this way? (02:05).

(Arabic, man) Mubarak al-Nayli, resident of Tripoli

(02:48) Life in Tripoli is relatively stable but certain armed groups are breaching security by bombing indiscriminately (03:01).

(03:07) This has [scared] school children and caused a fuel shortage, and we faced a shortage in electricity, too, but it is fixed now (03:18).

(Arabic, man) Unnamed resident of Tripoli

(03:46) Instead of bombing military bases, [Haftar] is targeting the homes of civilians who have nothing to do with military action (04:04).

(Arabic, man) Al-Sader al-Turki, Spokesperson of rebel security unit at Mitiga Airport

(04:48) The airstrikes carried out by the so-called Haftar’s group did not affect our morale. These warplanes do not belong to the Libyan air force; they were brought from another country (05:13).

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Benghazi Ghost Town
Benghazi
By Mohammad Salama
30 Oct 2014

October 30, 2014
Benghazi, Libya

In downtown Benghazi, normal daily life is gradually disappearing. For the past 15 days, streets have been empty and shops closed as fighting between Islamist militias and forces loyal to former General Khalifa Haftar escalates.
Haftar’s forces continue to advance on positions held by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council and have resorted to warplane attacks in their bid to control Libya’s second largest city. Mortar shell explosions can be heard in all parts of Benghazi. Violent clashes are still ongoing in Benghazi’s east and near the local university. The university’s administration building was also burned during the exchange of fire.
Government institutions have been closed and most of the roads were blocked. Most of this footage was taken at the rush hour in areas that would normally be crowded with cars and pedestrians, such as Jamal Abdul Nasser, Tipesti, and July 23rd streets. However, after the recent events, travel in these streets became almost impossible. Residents are likely to suffer an economic recession as activity in Benghazi continues to be paralyzed.

Shot list:

Various shots show the tree square in the city center with piles garbage on the ground.

Various shots show the piles of garbage on the road.

Various shots show Libya central bank closed along with a few shops.

Various shots show piles of garbage on the road.

Various shots show Jamal Abdul Nasser street.

Various shots show Jamal Abdul Nasser street.

Various shots show one of the closed markets.

Various shots show closed shops on al-Okaib street

Various shots show a blocked road.

Various shots show the Tree Square in the city center.

Various shots show an empty main road.

Various shots show a burnt car on the road.

Various shots shows Jamal Abdul Nasser Street blocked.

Various shots show empty blocked roads.

Various shots show Jamal Abdul Nasser street.

Various shots show the empty Tipesti intersection.

Various shots show the empty Tipesti intersection.

Various shots show the empty July 23rd Street.

Various shots the October 7th hospital on the July 23rd Street.

Various shots show Tipesti Street empty.

بنغازي تكاد أن تتحول إلى مدينة أشباح

بنغازي 30 أكتوبر وتحديداً في وسط المدينة ( داون تاون ) أصبحت مظاهر الحياة تنعدم شياً فشيأً الطرق فارغة وخالية من الناس المحال التجارية مقفلة لليوم الخامس عشر علي التوالي جميع المصالح الحكومية مقفلة أغلب الطرق مقفلة بينما لا تزال الإشتباكات متواصلة بيت الجيش وقوات مجلس الشورى في عدة مناطق متقرفة من بنغازي في الأطراف الشرقية والأطراف الغربية حيث يقوم الجيش بتضييق الخناق شيأً فشيأِ عي قوات مجلس الشورى من ما دعاها إلى التراجع إلى مناطق أخرى لا تزال خارجة عن نطاق الجيش

أغلب الصور التي ألتقطناها كانت في وقت الذروة وفي أكثر الأماكن إزدحاماً في الأيام العادية مثل شارع جمال عبد الناصر وطريق تبستي ومفترق طريق تبستي وطريق 23 يوليو أي من المفترض في هذه الأوقات أن تعج هذه الطرق والشوارع بالناس والسيارات لكن بعد التطورات الأخيرة أصبح التنقل حتى إلى أقرب الأحياء شيء مستحيل بالإضافه إلى إغلاق جميع المحال التجارية والمصارف من مايؤشر إلى حالة إفلاس عام تقترب من سكان هذه المدينة إذا أستمر الوضع علي ماهو عليه

طوال اليوم تدور الاشتباكات بين قوات الجيش وعناصر من مجلس الشورى ويسمع دوي أصوات الرصاص ومدافع الهاون في مختلف أنحاء مدينة بنغازي.

والجدير بالذكر أن الإشتباكات العنيفة مارال تدور رحاها في المناطق الغربية من بنغازي وفي محيط جامعة بنغازي تحديداً التي تضررت بشكل كبير وأدت الإشتباكات إلى إحتراق المبنى الرئيسي للإدارة بالجامعة .

لائحة اللقطات: (شرح غير تفصيلي لمجموعة اللقطات بالفيديو)

• مجموعة لقطات تظهر: W‪/‬S ميدان الشجرة وسط المدينة وتراكم القمامة به • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S تراكم القمامة الملقاة في الطريق • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S لمصرف ليبيا المركزي وبعض المحال التجارية مغلقة • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S قمامة متراكمة في شارع جمال عبد الناصر • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: L‪/‬S شارع جمال عبد الناصر • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: W‪/‬S شارع جمال عبد الناصر • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S أحد الشوارع التجارية ومحلاته المقفلة • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S شارع العقيب و محلاته مقفله • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S أحد الشوارع الرئيسية المقفلة • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: L‪/‬S ميدان الشجرة وسط المدينة • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S أحد الشوارع الرئيسية فارغ • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S سيارة محترقة علي الطريق جراء الإشتباكات • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: W‪/‬S شارع جمال عبد الناصر مقفل • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S أثار إقفال الطرق والشوارع • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: L‪/‬S شارع جمال عبد الناصر • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: W‪/‬S مفترق طريق تبستي فارغ • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S مفترق طريق تبستي فارغ • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: W‪/‬S طريق 23 يوليو ولا وجود مظاهر للحياة • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: M‪/‬S طريق 23 يوليو أمام مستشفى 7 أكتوبر • مجموعة لقطات تظهر: L‪/‬S طريق تبستي فارغ

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Lebanon: Tripoli Refugees Shelter in ...
Tripoli
By Samir Tadmoury
26 Oct 2014

October 27, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

Refugees from Tripoli's embattled Bab el-Tebanneh neighborhood seek shelter in a school in the Mina district of the city. A Lebanese Army offensive against radical Islamist militants in the neighborhood led to the latest exodus from the neighborhood. Footage includes footage of injured civilians in a hospital, refugees seeking shelter in a school, and Lebanese Army soldiers defusing an improvised explosive device.

Translation:

(Man, Arabic)

(00:29) My back and my arm got injured, I was sitting on the couch. The shot came from the back. I was at home, with women and elderly. The house is in Tebbane. The fragment cut through my back to my arm while I was sitting there not noticing anything. I suddenly found myself lying on the ground. (01:07)

(Man, Arabic)

(02:34) We were at home while they announced on TV that we should leave because the army will strike. so we left our homes and everything, our IDs, papers, and belongings and left. (02:49)

(Woman, Arabic)

(02:50) This is enough, people are tired of this situation, children in the hospitals, houses are destroyed, my sibling got injured by a mortar and his leg is amputated. (02:59)

(Man, Arabic)

(03:07) We left so we would not hear the noise of the shelling, it was dangerous to stay at home. many shells were dropped near my house and on my balcony. my wife was injured, and the balcony was destroyed. We were not able to stay at home, we have small children. when we noticed that people are escaping, we escaped as well. the shelling that targeted Bab al-Tebbane was random, all houses were damaged, all cars were damaged. We witnessed many conflicts, but they were nothing similar to this one.

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Lebanon: Tripoli Residents Flee Fighting
Tripoli
By Samir Tadmoury
26 Oct 2014

October 26, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

Residents of the Bab al-Tebbaneh district of Tripoli flee as clashes continue between the Lebanese Army and extremists militias. Numerous militant attacks against the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in Tripoli led the LAF to launch an offensive in the city with the aim of arresting those responsible for the attacks.

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Clashes - Tripoli, Lebanon
Tripoli
By Samir Tadmoury
26 Oct 2014

Scenes of a clash between the Lebanese Army and extremist militants in the Bab al-Tebbaneh district of Tripoli.

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Former General Launches Military Offe...
Benghazi
By Ahmad Mogharbel
19 Oct 2014

October 19, 2014
Benghazi, Libya

The Libyan Army continues its "al-Karama" military operations in Benghazi, led by former General Khalifa Haftar, to expel Islamic militants from the city. The video shows air strikes by planes, loyal to Haftar, bombing militant positions in Kanfouda and al-Qawarsha. Supported by the Libyan Army, General Haftar launched the offensive on Wednesday to drive the militants out of the Libyan capital Benghazi.

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Dawn of Libya Defending Town of Kekla
Kekla, Libya
By TTM albattat
01 Oct 2014

Kekla, Libya
October 1, 2014

Video shows fighters of the Islamist militia Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) and the al-Zentan tribes defending the town of Kekla, south-west of Tripoli against an attack by forces loyal to former Libyan army general Khalifa Hifter. The attack began October 14, 2014. Sources in the town say more than 140 people have been killed and more than 450 injured so far. Frequent shelling has limited the ability of local hospitals to treat the injured so many have to be transported over rough mountain roads to the city of Ghreyan. Most families have fled to other cities including Ghreyan, Misrata and Tripoli.