Libyans celebrate the first Eid al-Fitr in Green Square after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli. (Photo by REUTERS)
By AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES
Loyal followers of Muammar Qaddafi are refusing to surrender to
those who have forced him into hiding, raising the prospect of new fighting in Libya when an ultimatum expires after this week’s Eid holiday, as Italy says the fall of Sirte to the rebels would signal the “definitive” end of the colonel’s 42-year regime.
The new ruling council, keen to consolidate its grip and relieve hardship after six months of war, won a $1.55 billion cash injection when the UN Sanctions Committee released banknotes in Britain in frozen accounts once controlled by Qaddafi. The new leaders said Libya may start pumping oil again in days.
In the capital’s newly renamed Martyrs’ Square, hundreds of people gathered for morning prayers to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, delighted at Qaddafi’s downfall.