The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NEW YORK – The United Nations Sanctions Committee has announced the designation of Salah Badi, the commander of the Al Somood militia, on the list of international sanctions. This decision was because of what acts committed by Badi undermine security and stability in Libya, according to Foreign and Commonwealth Office [FCO].
In a statement, an FCO spokesperson said that “The UK – along with our US & French partners – has secured United Nations Security Council agreement to sanction Salah Badi under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 2213 (2015). We will continue to hold to account those seeking to undermine stability and security in Libya.”
Badi, the spokesperson adds “is the senior commander of the Al Somood Brigade, a militia opposed to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord. He has worked consistently to undermine a political solution in Libya. In August and September 2018, Salah Badi played a leading role in heavy clashes in Tripoli in which at least 120 people were killed, most of whom were civilians.”
“This designation will subject Salah Badi to a travel ban and asset freeze, thereby sending a clear message from the international community that acts of violence against the Libyan people will not be tolerated. The UK will not allow those seeking to obstruct peace and stability in Libya to act with impunity.” The FCO spokesperson said.
Salah Badi is one of the leaders of Misurata militias. He led many wars and sent several military convoys to attack Cyrenaica and its oil ports. Badi, who is also a member of the military council of Misurata, is one of the strongest supporters of the extremist Shura Council of Benghazi, composed of Islamist and jihadist militias, including Ansar al-Sharia, the Libya branch of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.