By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 18 November 2013:
Denials have been as much the news as events today in unsettled Tripoli as the . . .[restrict]lack of official information about what is happening fuels the rumour mill.
This morning the head of Tripoli Local Council, Sadat Elbadri, denied reports on Facebook that he had been assassinated. Elbadri’s popularity is rising in Tripoli. It was he who called on demonstrators to go to the capital’s Gharghour district on Friday and make the Misrata forces there leave. Despite the carnage that resulted when the demonstrators were fired on, he is being seen as the only man so far who has successfully stood up to the militias. The departure of the forces was announced last night.
Later during the day, media reports that the headquarters of the Chief of Staff on Tripoli’s Airport Road had been stormed during the morning by armed groups were dismissed as nonsense by media staff there.
“It’s just a rumour. The situation is totally quiet”, a spokesman insisted, offering to provide photos of the base taken today to the Libya Herald to prove his claim. Other reports that there had been fighting inside the headquarters between different groups were also untrue, he said. [/restrict]