More than 1,000 people gathered Friday in Libya’s capital to celebrate Turkish parliament’s decision to send troops to Libya and to protest Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

They gathered in Martyr’s Square to protest attacks of Haftar’s militia and mercenary soldiers.

Demonstrators thanked Turkey for supporting Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and expressed happiness about Turkey’s military motion.

Turkey’s military motion on Libya attracted the attention by Tripoli residents who are happy the Turkish parliament Thursday ratified a motion authorizing sending troops to Libya.

“We thank to Turkey, Turkish people and Turkey’s president for defending independence, democracy and freedom,”

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