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Gadhafi supporters pray and rally in Tripoli

By Adam Schreck

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 8 2011 10:50 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, women wait to be seen by a doctor at the Al Khadra hospital in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. On Wednesday a hospital pharmacist Khadjia Mormish said that the hospital is dangerously low on antibiotics and other medicines, especially those for women who are pregnant or giving birth.

Tara Todras-Whitehill, Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya — Thousands of Libyans have poured into Tripoli's main square for mass prayers and a rally in support of Moammar Gadhafi as European officials laid out plans to bolster ties with rebels trying to oust him.

The gathering Friday in the capital's Green Square comes a week after another large pro-government demonstration there, showing Gadhafi can still muster significant support in his stronghold Tripoli.

Friday is the Muslim day of rest and generally the day the Middle East witnesses its biggest protests.

In Brussels, the European Union says Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, will meet next week with a delegation of the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council headed by its diplomatic chief Mahmoud Jibril.

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