Tripoli, 10 November 2013:
Libya’s Grand Mufiti, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani, yesterday condemned the armed violence that shook Tripoli on Thursday night, . . .[restrict]leaving two men dead and a further 29 injured.
In a sermon at Friday prayers, Ghariani condemned what he termed the “blind tribal allegiances” of some regions. He called on tribal elders, including from Misrata, Zintan and Tajoura, to disown armed militias from their cities and regions. Misrata officials already made such a move on Friday.
Ghariani also called on armed groups from outside Tripoli, which claim to be securing the capital, to return to their own cities and regions. He added that Tripoli should be rid of any armed presence and called upon locals to stand up to these groups.
Ghariani accused Libyans, as well as the government, of doing nothing to putting an end to acts of violence against people and property.
“It is up to the government to stand up to its responsibilities,” said Ghariani. [/restrict]