Libya's Haftar to launch Tripoli operation 'soon'

"Preparations for the Tripoli operations are almost finalized and it would be conducted in coordination between forces hailing from Zintan [in the northwest] and military aircraft," Haftar's spokesman Mohamed Hegazi said.

Libya's Haftar to launch Tripoli operation 'soon'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forces loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar are set to launch a military operation in Tripoli within days to purge the city from militant groups, his spokesman said.

"Preparations for the Tripoli operations are almost finalized and it would be conducted in coordination between forces hailing from Zintan [in the northwest] and military aircraft," Haftar's spokesman Mohamed Hegazi told Anadolu Agency.

According to Hegazi, the operation would be overseen by newly-appointed Army Chief-of-Staff Abdel-Razzaq Nazuri.

The army is yet to confirm Hegazi's assertion on the imminent operation.

Tripoli has been the scene of particularly fierce clashes between the Libya Shield, which is widely seen as a pro-Islamist militia, and rival Al-Qaaqaa and Al-Sawaaq militias over control of the city's vital facilities.

The two militias have been locking horns in and around the city since mid-July, almost totally destroying the airport and wreaking havoc in the capital. The fighting left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Late last month, Libya Shield said it gained full control of the Tripoli airport after flushing out rival militiamen, who are mainly hailing from Zintan.

Haftar had already declared war on armed militias based in eastern Libya, dubbing his campaign "Operation Dignity" – the stated aim of which was to "purge" Libya of "extremists."

After serving as army chief-of-staff under Muammar Gaddafi, Haftar spent nearly two decades in the United States in exile before returning to Libya in 2011 to join the uprising against the autocratic ruler.

Since Gaddafi's ouster and death, Libyan authorities have struggled to restore law and order, with many militias that had helped overthrow Gaddafi refusing to surrender their weapons.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Eylül 2014, 17:44
YORUM EKLE