LIBYAPROSPECT – Aya Khalil
Four people, including mother and her baby, at least, were killed in an air raid by unidentified war jets over Derna city, Sunday dawn, in Bab Tobruk area and near the medical technician unit in east Derna, officials said.
A local official said that violent air raids were held on Bab Tobruk killed 4 people named Mohamed Bo-Khatwa and Mahedy Mohamed Al-Mansoury, in addition to a woman and her child.
Last, year Derna witnessed Egyptian air raid that caused a big number of deaths, one day after the Islamic State group (IS) beheaded 21 Egyptians in Libya.
The Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said that the raid was a criminal act that is outside the legitimacy framework. It denied any coordination of the raids with the PC or the support of the Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj. The PC expressed condolences with the victims’ families.
The PC reiterated that targeting terrorists’ locations must be accurate and under the PC’s supervision.
The Libya’s envoy to the Arab League, Ashour Bo-Rashed said that the raid is a criminal act, no matter who is behind it, as targeting civilians is humanitarian unacceptable crime. He added that Derna has suffered from marginalization and poverty for more than 40 years.
A member of the General National Congress (GNC), Mansour Al-Hassady, said that the raid came in conjunction with a plan to crack down on the IS in Al-Fataeh area and neighborhood 400, by supportive forces to Shura Council of Derna Mujahedeen.
Al-Hassady confirmed that residents heard chants of the IS affiliates in Al-Fataeh area while the raid was on.
He also reminded of the Egyptian raids, adding that Al-Sarraj’s government and the international community are at stake; the political agreement is either to stay or to collapse. Al-Hassady demanded an end for such practices against civilians.
On Saturday, violent clashed broke out between Shura Council of Derna Mujahedeen and the IS in the axis of neighborhood 400 in the east coast.
The monitoring group of the council and supportive units of youth observed the movements of the IS on the rim of the east coast region, known as Al-hojjaj and targeted them using heavy weapons. Al-Fataeh heights axis witnesses exchange of artillery shelling, without any significant progress for the forces due to in absence of the air raids of army.