The flag of Libya is a tricolor, with three horizontal bands of red, back and green colors respectively, forming the base.
Of these, the black band is the largest in width. On the center is an emblem comprised of a white crescent and a five-pointed star. The flag bears a ratio of 1:2, being twice as long as it is broad.
The design forming the central portion-the crescent and star on a black background-has its roots in the design of the banner used during the Senussi Dynasty, which was founded in Mecca in 1837.
The red color represents the blood of the Libyan people who lost their lives in the fascist rule of Italy, and the green color stands for peace.
When Libya gained independence in 1951, the Kingdom of Libya was established. That was then the current flag of Libya was first adopted. After the coup of 1969, the Libyan Arab Republic was established, when the flag was changed under the directions of Muammar al-Gaddafi. He was overthrown in the 2011 civil war, which featured the rebels using, and later re-establishing, the same flag.
|National symbol(s):||star and crescent, hawk|
|National colors:||red, black, green|
|Name:||“Libya, Libya, Libya”|
|Lyrics/Music:||Al Bashir AL AREBI/Mohamad Abdel WAHAB|
Fact about Libya flag
|Adopted||24 December 1951, 3 August 2011 (re-adoption)|
|Revision||1934, 1942, 1951, 1969, 1972, 1977, 2011|
|Design and Colors||A horizontal triband of red, black (double width) and green; charged with a white crescent and five-pointed star centred on the black stripe.|