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17:36 Reuters Raking the night skies over Tripoli with gunfire to celebrate Muammar Gaddafi’s fall last month is lethal, bad for business and must stop, say residents of the Libyan capital.
“It’s an Arab tradition — but it’s not safe. We need security now,” said office worker Fatima Zaid, among a few thousand people gathered at Tripoli’s emblematic Martyr’s Square on Friday evening.
Local residents say at least four people have been killed in celebratory gunfire in the area of the square. The streets approaching it are littered with spent cartridges, many of them high velocity rounds blasted into the air in festive gunfire.
National Transitional Council (NTC) officials, anti-Gaddafi rebels and residents like Zaid, who has a young daughter, are calling for a stop to the shooting of assault rifles, machine guns and pistols to mark their new found freedoms.
16:07 Al Jazeera English Passengers from Istanbul arrived at Tripoli’s airport on Saturday on the first commercial international flight to land in the Libyan capital since the international coalition imposed a no-fly zone over the country last March.
Flags representing Turkey and Libya’s new leadership flew outside Mitiga International Airport as the flight landed.
Inside the airport, passengers waited patiently and queued at the check-in desk to board the next flight.
“We are going to Turkey for business because it has been a long time since we travelled. We are happy that the airline is back in the meantime and we thank God,” said Tripoli resident Mohammed al-Jaroushi.
The U.N. Security Council resolution imposed the no-fly zone as part of international efforts to protect anti-government protesters under attack from Gaddafi loyalists.
12:29 Reuters Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived at the hometown of Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday and are trying to enter the besieged Libyan city.
05:10 Al Jazeera English Fighters for Libya’s new rulers have been forced to regroup on the edge of Sirte, after pro-Gaddafi snipers halted a two-week old assault on the ousted despot’s hometown.