Protests against the Government of National Accord (GNA) have erupted in the cities of Tripoli and Misrata over living conditions and corruption.
Videos posted by activists on social media showed protesters arriving at the Martyrs' Square, the main commercial center of the city.
“Libyans are here, Libyans are here, to Martyrs' Square we will come,” chanted several Libyan protesters according to one video posted by the Libyan Observatory on Twitter.
BREAKING | Hundreds of demonstrators arrived from the centre of the capital #Tripoli to the Prime Minister's headquarters on Al-Sikka Road, chanting: "The people want to bring down the regime". #Libya pic.twitter.com/zQOu3pWSqn— صحيفة المرصد الليبية (@ObservatoryLY) August 23, 2020
Reports by local activists suggested that protesters attempted to climb over the walls of a government building in Tripoli and were met with gunshots from security forces protecting the GNA headquarter building.
On Friday, GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj announced a comprehensive ceasefire in all Libyan territories. However, Libyan National Army spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari described the ceasefire announced by al-Sarraj as “mere media propaganda.”
“Turkish warships can be seen heading to Sirte,” al-Mismari said on Sunday.