Salamé denounces LNA’s operation in the south despite support from southern tribes

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) issued a statement on Sunday expressing its concern over “the mobilization of armed forces” in Libya’s southern region of Fezzan.

UNSMIL also expressed concern over “the escalating cycle of statements and counter-statements” without clarifying that these counter-statements have come only from Chadian armed rebel groups which carried out attacks against Libya’s citizens and its institutions and which its fighters had arrest warrants issued against them by Tripoli’s Attorney General.

the UN envoy, Ghassan Salamé, has called on “parties in the South to exercise maximum restrain,” according to UNSMIL, again without any mention of foreign militant presence on Libya’s soil.

Libya’s southern region has witnessed recently serious security deterioration as Chadian armed rebel groups and terrorist militias affiliated with ISIS attacked the region and terrorized its residents multiple times.

The operation of the Libyan National Army (LNA) was widely supported in Libya upon its announcement, especially by the country’s largest southern tribes.

The Higher Council of Libya’s Tuaregs issued a statement yesterday in which they announced their support for LNA’s operation. The Tuaregs also stated that social protection will be lifted from any Tuaregs involved in “acts that undermine the security of the country in general and the south in particular.”

The Higher Council for Toubou Tribal Elders also announced their full support for LNA and stated that they’re ready to provide any necessary help.

“We’re fully prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces against any terrorist or agent who tries to tamper with Libya’s wealth and its institutions. We are ready to lend a helping hand and sacrifice anything valuable to enable our armed forces to carry out their duties and impose the law,”

LNA’s operation has produced effective results soon after its launch. Three prominent commanders of the terrorist group ISIS were killed by LNA forces; Abdel Moneim Al-Hasnawi, known as Abu Talha, Mahdi Dengu, and the Egyptian terrorist Abdullah Al-Desouki.

Resentment over Salamé is growing among many Libyans whom start to view him as a party to the conflict rather than a facilitator to the solution.

Several members of the House of Representatives expressed dismay over Salamé’s remarks on delaying presidential elections after he himself announced last year that they will be held in the spring of 2019.

Salamé’s security arraignments in Tripoli, which he established after a month-long deadly clashes in the capital last year, have proven to be a failure in the wake of terrorist attacks against state institutions, including Tripoli’s Foreign Ministry, and lately after renewed clashes between rival militias funded by the government that he supports.


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