LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
It has been only one month since the Defense Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Colonel El-Mahdi El-Barghathi, received his ministry headquarter in the capital Tripoli, until he was subjected to an assassination attempt, through bombing his car while exiting the Tank-Battalion “204” headquarter in Benghazi, on Wednesday.
The assassination attempt came after a meeting was coordinated between El-Barghathi, Faraj Egiem, Salah Abu-Lagheeb, Ayad Al-Fsay, and other Awageer tribal figures.
Such attempt draws new map for the nature of a strife Barqa province may witness the coming days, especially that if one assumed El-Barghathi was killed, that would have led to the assassination of all affiliated axes commanders who are in clear dispute with the head of the Army affiliated to the House of Representatives (HoR), Khalifa Haftar, and we will shall not forget Awageer tribe patience, to which El-Barghathi belongs to. That might soon end and cause dangerous disintegration inside Barqa and, more dangerously cause a civil war. Most Awageer meetings supported El-Barghathi and threatened to withdraw their members from Haftar forces.
It is worth mentioning that the statements made by the Military Intelligence Commander, Salah Abu-Lagheeb, in which he said Haftar prevented them from fighting against Benghazi Defense brigades and requested the Tank-Battalion “204”, the Salafi Battalion “the second” in Sultan and Jeldaya to retreat from the fighting axes, via the Interim Government Interior Minister, Mohamed Al-Fakhry.
El-Barghathi assassination attempt occurred in front of the Tank-Battalion “204” headquarter. Injured one element from the Battalion, two girls, and their father, besides other material damages.