Thousands of Libyans on Sunday celebrated the eighth anniversary of the revolution that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which led to his regime fall and his tragic death by armed opposition forces in a very brutal way.
Despite the political and security crises that the country suffered after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, many Libyans didn’t hide their joy in the revolution that toppled the Libyan leader who ruled the country since 1969.
On Sunday, thousands of Libyans waving Libyan flags marched to Martyrs’ Square in central Tripoli, where Gaddafi was delivering his speeches, in a continuation of the celebrations that had begun on Saturday.
The celebrations were marked by fireworks, concerts and music.
In Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city after the capital Tripoli, the “cradle of the revolution”, the atmosphere was less festive with dozens gathered in Freedom Square, where the anti-Gaddafi demonstrations were launched in 2011.
The city, once a symbol of the revolution, was destroyed by “Al Karamah” opperation of the “Libyan national army” led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar in order to eliminate the radical Islamic groups positioned in the city.
Libya has been engulfed in anarchy since the overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi regime, where various armed groups are deployed.
The authority in Libya has two powers: the National Reconciliation Government supported by the international community in Tripoli, and a parallel government in the east supported by the elected parliament and the Libyan National Army.
On the other hand, revealed Mohammed Al Qashat, the last Libyan ambassador in Saudi Arabia, before the outbreak of the Libyan revolution, in 2011, details of the last hours in the life of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
“The West believes that Gaddafi caused them many problems in Africa and took control of France in West Africa, which was not in Europe’s interests”, Al Qashat said in an interview with Russia Today Channel.
He added: “The African currency (the golden dinar), was among the things, which angered the United States and pushed to get rid of Gaddafi”.
On the fate of Gaddafi, Mohammed Al Qashat said: “After the communication was cut off, we couldn’t communicate normally.
I left Tripoli and my last contact with Gaddafi was on August 18, after the fall of an area near the Tunisian border.
Then, I left the country on August 28 and arrived in Algeria on September 16, while Colonel Gaddafi moved to Sirte, passing through Bani Walid”.
“There were several novels to kill him, but I came to a info when the children of Abu Bakr Younis Jaber, served as defense minister and was accompanied by Gaddafi, and died with him”.
The novel says: “Gaddafi and his accomplices intensified in the east, which was led by NATO, in addition to the groups bombed from the West, so that they destroyed every city of Sirte.
Gaddafi had a group of private guards, in addition to a group of volunteers, and Colonel Gaddafi decided to move to the place where he was born in the valley of Garf, west of Sirte, where his family and the cemetery of his family.
Al Qashat added: “The information that reached me was that he contacted Al Rai TV Channel, and then the French intelligence managed to track his location and managed to identify his place because of this contact, according to the French”.
“When Qaddhafi’s convoy moved, the gunmen confronted them, clashed with them; later a French helicopter attacked with three missiles that destroyed all the cars.
Gaddafi went out wounded but moved to the place where he was killed”, he said.
The story says that Qaddhafi’s son who was with him at that time, Mu’tassim Al Qaddhafi was wounded and they moved to look for a way out.
On the way back, there was an outlet for the flood under the road, especially for the passage of the flood waters, but they were shelled, some of them died and others surrendered.
“We were taken to Misrata, but some say that the French intelligence was close to the site and handed him to the rebels who killed him”, Al Qashat said.
“Some told me that they were taken to the furnace of the iron and steel factory, while another said that the bodies were taken to the desert and buried there.
A third story says it was sent to Qatar, while the fourth says it was flown and thrown into the sea”.
Al Qashat said: “Who knows the truth are the people of Misrata, whom Gaddafi’s body was in their possession”.