PROTESTERS STORM LIBYAN GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS IN TRIPOLI

TRIPOLI-- Dozens of protesters on Sunday stormed the headquarters of the Libyan government in the capital Tripoli, demanding health insurance and payment of salaries, a government source said.

"Dozens of protesters of wounded and martyrs families stormed the government's headquarters in central Tripoli, demanding payment of outstanding salaries and medical treatment," the source said.

The protesters broke the main gate of the headquarter and got inside.

Libyan deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad M'etig, met with the protesters and listened to their demands, the source added.

Local media published images of dozens of protesters holding up signs of their demands in front of the government headquarters and some others were inside the building.

On another matter, Libya's Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, met with the British Ambassador to Libya, Frank Baker, in the capital Tripoli and discussed security cooperation between the two countries.

Bashagha praised Britain's technical and logistic support for the Libyan government, stressing the Interior Ministry's need for direct international support by training and capacity building of the police and security forces.

According to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry, the British ambassador expressed his country's readiness to provide all necessary resources.

Baker confirmed that Britain is looking forward to constructive political and economic cooperation with the Libyan government for the region in general and Libya in particular to face all challenges.

On Nov. 15, the Libyan Ministry of Interior and British Crime Agency signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that includes training and technical support for the ministry's security personnel.

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj in October approved new security arrangements in the capital Tripoli, which focus on forming joint police and army forces to secure the city.

Libyan security services struggle to train and equip their personnel, as the country suffers insecurity and chaos as well as domination of armed groups and militias that operate independently from the authorities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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