By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 31 March 2015:
As the Libyan National Army moves closer, militiamen belonging to the Zawia branch of the Revolutionaries . . .[restrict]Room of Libya, this morning fanned out through the town urging residents to join in the battle to defend it. The militiamen, whose leader is Abu Ibida Al-Zawi, threatened to close down everything if residents ignored their “duty”.
All schools and the university have been closed. The education ministry in the Tripoli-based authorities said the closures, which it said were slated for a week, were a precautionary measure. Students were ““at great risk of harm by rockets launched by Hafter’s militias”. It also hoped that older boys would be able to join in the fighting.
The town council has meanwhile urged: “Those who cannot go to the battle field must pray for the sons of Zawia who are defending the town”. [/restrict]