Libya’s Haftar Threatens to Wage ‘Decisive’ War if Peace Efforts Fail

Guests are seen at the Turkish embassy celebration marking the 99th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish republic. (High Council of State)
Guests are seen at the Turkish embassy celebration marking the 99th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish republic. (High Council of State)
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Libya’s Haftar Threatens to Wage ‘Decisive’ War if Peace Efforts Fail

Guests are seen at the Turkish embassy celebration marking the 99th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish republic. (High Council of State)
Guests are seen at the Turkish embassy celebration marking the 99th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish republic. (High Council of State)

Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar issued a fresh warning to Türkiye on Tuesday, threatening to wage a “decisive war to liberate the country” from its military presence and allied mercenaries.

Speaking from the city of al-Jufra, he said: “All peaceful efforts aimed at leading to the withdrawal of the occupiers have failed. We have no choice but to wage a decisive battle, no matter the cost and time, without hesitation and with all our might.”

He accused Türkiye of seeking war when it deployed its forces and mercenaries, eager to loot Libya’s wealth and resources and strike “shameful deals with parties that have sold their honor.”

“We are not warmongers, but we seek peace and cooperation with peoples and ties based on respect, good intentions and mutual interests,” declared Haftar.

Al-Jufra, he noted, boasts an honorable history in fighting colonizers, citing its resistance of Ottoman rule.

“We will wage this battle with all of our might … the whole of Libya is a red line before such colonial ambitions,” he said.

“We will not allow Libya to be an open ground for colonial powers that are seeking to tackle their own crises by claiming the wealth of the Libyan people,” he went on to say.

“All previous paths have led us to a dead-end. We can only rely on ourselves in freely determining our fate,” he added, while still acknowledging all local and international peace efforts.

Haftar urged Libyans to shun foreign dictates and determine their own fate

In spite of his escalatory rhetoric, the LNA chief said: “It is our duty to facilitate the work of United Nations envoy Abdoulaye Bathily if we sense seriousness, dedication, transparency, frankness and complete respect to the interests of the Libyan people and resistance to outside pressure.”

Meanwhile, the Turkish embassy in Tripoli held a celebration to mark the 99th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish republic.

The event was attended by commander of Turkish forces in Libya’s western region, Osman Aytac, head of the High Council of State Khaled al-Mishri, and government and military officials.



More than a 100 Killed in Gaza in 24 Hours

Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
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More than a 100 Killed in Gaza in 24 Hours

Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)
Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)

 At least 42 people were killed in Israeli attacks on districts of Gaza City in the north of the Palestinian enclave on Saturday, the director of the Hamas-run government media office said.
One Israeli strike on houses in Al-Shati, one of the Gaza Strip's eight historic refugee camps, killed 24 people, Ismail Al-Thawabta told Reuters. Another 18 Palestinians were killed in a strike on houses in the Al-Tuffah neighborhood.

The offensive has left Gaza in ruins, killed more than 37,400 people, of whom 101 were killed in the past 24 hours, according to Palestinian health authorities, and left nearly the entire population homeless and destitute.

The Israeli military released a brief statement saying: "A short while ago, army fighter jets struck two Hamas military infrastructure sites in the area of Gaza City."
It said more details would be released soon.
Hamas did not comment on the Israeli claim to have hit its military infrastructure. It said in a statement the attacks targeted the civilian population and vowed in a statement "the occupation and its Nazi leaders will pay the price for their violations against our people."
Footage obtained by Reuters showed dozens of Palestinians rushing out to search for victims amid the destroyed houses. The footage showed wrecked homes, blasted walls, and debris and dust filling the street in Shati refugee camp.

More than eight months into the war, Israel's advance is now focused on the two last areas its forces had yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern edge and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the centre.
Residents said Israeli tanks deepened their incursion into western and northern Rafah areas in recent days. On Saturday Israeli forces bombed several areas from air and the ground, forcing many families living in areas described as humanitarian-designated zones to leave northwards.
The Israeli military said forces continued "precise, intelligence-based" targeted operations in Rafah, killing many Palestinian gunmen and dismantling military infrastructure.
On Friday, the Gaza health ministry said at least 25 Palestinians were killed in Mawasi in western Rafah and 50 wounded. Palestinians said a tank shell hit a tent housing displaced families.