The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NEW YORK – UN Secretary Council on Thursday issued his quarterly report on the situation in Libya after the last such report on August 24, acknowledging the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) fighting against the Chadian opposition in the southern region of Libya.
The report began by explaining the situation in the southern region and its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions.
“The September conflict in Tripoli disabled the main power plant that supplies the south with electricity, resulting in a five-day blackout. While the power supply was partially restored, the poor state of services and the rising cost of goods fomented frustration among citizens, resulting in protest movements, including threats to prevent the flow of water and oil to the north. Vandalism and the lack of maintenance disabled nearly one third of the aquifer pumps that supply 60 per cent of Libya with fresh water.”
The report pointed out to the challenging security situation in the region “including a general increase in kidnappings for ransom.”
The report also noted that the Libyan National Army (LNA) has filled the security vacuum left by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) as it continues to be preoccupied with its struggles to keep the capital under control.
“Libyan National Army took advantage of the absence of security forces from the Government of National Accord and the increased climate of insecurity to expand its influence in the south.”
In a first acknowledgment of LNA’s fight against the Chadian rebel groups, the report stated:
“The Army continued to carry out sporadic aerial bombing raids on Chadian rebel groups operating on Libyan territory.”
The report also acknowledged LNA’s role in combating these rebel groups in the southeast area.
“On 21 October, the Army sent military reinforcement and equipment to its base in Kufra in preparation of a large –scale offensive to combat the Chadian rebel groups in southern Libya.”
This acknowledgment, which comes from highest principal organ of the UN, is the latest development regarding to the infiltration of Chadian groups into Libya. This infiltration was dismissed by one of the rebel groups’ spokesman, Mohamed Ardimi, who spoke publicly on the phone with the Muslim Brotherhood’s mouthpiece channel Al-Nabaa to deny their presence.
Following the phone interview, Tripoli’s Attorney-General issued an arrest warrant against Al-Nabaa’s owner, Abdelhakim Belhaj, over charges of cooperating with the rebels and recruiting them to fight and launch attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure.