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9th Anniversary of Libya’s February 17 Revolution: Celebrations amid Raging War

Libyans have started decorating homes and streets everywhere in the country to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the February 17 revolution, which ousted the long-time dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011.

This years’s celebration is a bit different from all the eight previous ones, not in essence but in intensity though, as Libyans in and around Tripoli are being targeted day in and day out by Khalifa Haftar’s militias who launched an aggression on April 04 last year to take power and topple the UN-recognized Government of National Accord.

Tripoli in Defiance

Amid the ongoing fighting around Tripoli and Haftar militias’ attacks on the civilians inside Tripoli, the people are once again showing that they can be happy for the one thing they all agree on; that is, February 17 revolution, which has given them all the freedom they have always cherished ending dictatorship.

People’s Will Against All Odds

Despite the 24/7 threat of rocket attacks by Haftar’s militias on Tripoli and despite the ongoing humanitarian crisis Libyans are going through across the country, they chose to take to the streets and decorate them with Libyan Independence flags and the photos of the martyrs they hold dear, which shows how Libyans are still yearning for freedom even if they toppled Gaddafi nine years ago.

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