Libyan National Army Calls for Disbanding Militias before Political Process

The head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, meets with members of the Presidential Council in Tripoli. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Council
The head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, meets with members of the Presidential Council in Tripoli. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Council
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Libyan National Army Calls for Disbanding Militias before Political Process

The head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, meets with members of the Presidential Council in Tripoli. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Council
The head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, meets with members of the Presidential Council in Tripoli. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Council

The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has reiterated its conditions for a political settlement with Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA), including disbanding militias.

During a meeting, GNA’s Presidential Council asserted the necessity of resuming the political, security and economic process in line with the Berlin Conference outcomes.

The conferees assessed the world’s stance from the Libyan crisis, and discussed measures to enhance the performance of public services and the efforts exerted to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Director of LNA’s Moral Guidance Department Brigadier General Khaled al-Mahjoub stated that militias must be disbanded and mercenaries must be expelled.

Mahjoub ruled out any political solution before the eradication of terrorism.

His comments came as US Ambassador to Libya Richard B. Norland headed on Thursday to the Turkish capital, Ankara, for talks on the Libyan crisis.

“I’m continuing my travels in Ankara for consultations with Turkey on how best to support de-escalation and the Libyan Political Dialogue in a constructive way, that returns full sovereignty to Libya,” the diplomat said on Twitter.

Further, senior officers of GNA’s Libyan Defense Ministry participated on Thursday in the first meeting convened by the US military commandment in Africa (AFRICOM) to discuss an initiative on mine clearing.

In a related context, GNA’s Interior Ministry revealed that three Libyan men have been arrested on suspicion of attacking and killing a Nigerian migrant worker.

Witnesses said that the suspects forced their way into the factory where the victim was working and set him on fire. The UN has described the man’s death as “another senseless crime” in Libya.

“Those responsible must be held to account,” tweeted Federico Soda, the head of the UN’s International Organization of Migration (IOM) mission in Libya.



Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
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Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthis will continue their military operations and escalate them "in quality and quantity" in support of Palestinians in Israel's war in Gaza, the Iran-backed group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The group have been attacking ships in the Red Sea region since November, forcing shippers to re-route cargo to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

The group later expanded the scope of its attacks to the Indian Ocean and said it would also target any ships heading towards Israeli ports in the Mediterranean Sea.