Gaddafi loyalists hold out during Id al-Fitr holiday

By REUTERS
August 31, 2011 09:56

 
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TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI - Loyal followers of Muammar Gaddafi 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 Id holiday.

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 Gaddafi. 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 Id al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, delighted at Gaddafi's downfall.

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