The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – A statement by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNMSIL) on Thursday has caused a public outcry for its implicit threats against the Libyan National Army (LNA) and in favor of a designated terrorist militia.
On Wednesday, the Libyan National Army conducted a preemptive strike against Ibrahim Jadhran and the so-called Benghazi Defense Brigades, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, who were positioned at Qala’at Al-Sadada area north east of Bani Walid and attempted to attack the oil crescent.
The army captured the area and seized a number of four-wheel-drive vehicles, as well as some weapons and ammunition.
UNSMIL expressed its concern over LNA recent actions against the terror group, and warned “parties against consequences of playing with fire, will hold initiators responsible and deal with them accordingly.”
The statement caused an outcry among Libyan people who denounced UNSMIL implicit threats against LNA in favor of Benghazi Defense Brigades.
Journalist Abdul Basset bin Hamel denounced UNMSIL’s statement in a mocking tweet, writing, “our national army, why are you fighting Benghazi Defense Brigades? It’s a a humanitarian organization that spreads peace and love and Jadhran is a good will ambassador.”
ياجشينا الوطني علاش تحارب في سرايا دفاع بنغازي فهي منظمة إنسانية تنشر السلام والمحبة … والجضران سفير النوايا الحسنة … https://t.co/ARie9wilvb
— عبدالباسط بن هامل (@bnhamel1) December 20, 2018
Journalist Matog Saleh also mocked UNMSIL’s implicit threats in a tweet, writing, “hey LNA, do not attack Benghazi Defense Brigades who consist of Al-Qaeda elements; do not attack Jadhran’s group who attacked oilfields. Do not defend the oil crescent.”
يا عيت الجيش. معش تهجموا على سرايا الدفاع عن بنغازي اللي يتكونوا من عناصر تنظيم القاعدة وجماعة جضران اللي هجموا عالحقول ومعش ادافعوا عن الهلال النفطي.
حذرناكم أيووووه. #ليبيا https://t.co/jjb936Eqjc
— Matog Saleh (@MatogSaleh) December 20, 2018