Libya: Tripoli Ceasefire Violated, Militias Accuse Army of Bombing Civilians

North Africa

Despite the ceasefire that was agreed upon by Libyan actors, the different factions in Libya have continued to carry out attacks on one another, risking further violence.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) has downed a drone belonging to militias backing the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Ain Zara axis, south of the capital Tripoli, according to military sources.

Meanwhile, an LNA official told Asharq Al-Awsat that the armed militias of Misrata have withdrawn from their locations in Tripoli to face army forces advancing towards Tawergha, west of Sirte.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, noted that militias have left Tripoli, and Turkish and Syrian mercenaries have stayed. He noted that the Misrata militias also withdrew remnants of Benghazi and Darnah Shura councils from Tripoli, including wanted terrorists, such as Ziad Balaam and Salah Badi.

The official also highlighted that elements of the so-called “Suleyman Shah Brigade” or “Sultan Murad’s Factions” are merely unorganized Syrian militias, adding that they are led by Turkish officers who relocated them after Misrata militias withdrew from their locations.

He indicated that most Syrian mercenaries, who were deployed to Az-Zawiya and Zuwara, fled by sea to Europe.

Meanwhile, Volcano of Rage Operation launched by militias loyal to the GNA, accused the LNA of bombing neighborhoods and civilian areas.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the media office of the Operation indicated that LNA forces fired a random shell near the Faculties of Agriculture and Pharmacy at the University of Tripoli, noting that the bomb squad headed to the area.

Also Wednesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum began a visit to Libya where he met with LNA commander Khalifa Haftar.

Haftar’s media office said in a statement that the two officials discussed bilateral relations and Algeria’s role in supporting Libya’s stability, as well as joint efforts to combat crime and terrorism.

Haftar highly praised “the positive role” of the Algerian state, which is steadily striving to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya, stressing the important role of the Algerian people, and their support to Libyans.

Sources at Haftar’s office said he received an official invitation to visit Algeria soon.

The Algerian official arrived earlier Wednesday in Benghazi for an unprecedented visit, where he met with Prime Minister of the interim government Abdullah al-Thinni.

The two discussed recent developments in Libya and bilateral relations.

Algeria recently hosted a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya’s neighboring countries. It is also seeking to organize new talks between Libyan parties, which was announced by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune during the Berlin Conference last month.

Thinni recently received an invitation to visit the US Senate in Washington to present his government’s vision for resolving the Libyan crisis, according to his spokesperson.

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Article: Asharq al-Awsat