Clashes with heavy and medium weapons broke out Monday evening between the pro-Hafter battalion of Tariq Ibn Ziad and forces affiliated with the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Ibrahim Jadhran south of the city of Bani Walid.
The internationally recognized government of Libya admitted its security short fallings today following the suicide terror attack on its Tripoli Foreign Ministry headquarters and called for the partial lifting of the UN Libya arms embargo.
The United Nations Special Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) warned against the possible escalation of manoeuvres into clashes as the Khalifa Hafter-controlled Libyan National Army (LNA) made a pre-emptive move on what the LNA described as Jadran-Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) forces.
The Central Military Zone force has called all conflicting forces to leave the administrative borders of the region immediately, giving the so-called Dignity Operation forces 24 hours to comply with the order.
Jafara’s Zahraa town in southwestern Tripoli was the scene for fierce clashes that left 7 killed and 4 injured on Tuesday.
Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army forces attacked Wednesday Saddada Castle between Misrata and Bani Walid, claiming control of the area after brief clashes with forces inside the castle under the command of the former chief of Petroleum Facilities Guard, Ibrahim Jadran and Benghazi Defense Brigades.
The brigades under the Government of National Accord in Tripoli have issued a statement announcing their unity under a Tripoli Protection Force, citing the need to face conflict parties which wish to carry out military operations in the western region.
Libyan Presidential election candidate, Aref Nayed, said that the international community should use the UN Charter’s Chapter VII powers to hold Libyan elections and that he would use force to confront Libya’s militias.
Attorney General Office issues arrest warrants against individuals involved in closure of oil fields
The Attorney General’s Office in Tripoli issued two arrest warrants against two people on charges of inciting the closure of El-Feel and Sharara oil fields in the south-West of the country.
On Friday night, local media outlets and local sources from central Libya reported advances of military formations of brigades related to Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army toward southwestern Sirte towns.