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Is Haftar repeating his scenario of Derna?

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

Events occurred in Al-Jufra, two days ago, raised many concerns regarding the military confrontations between Dignity forces led by General Khalifa Haftar and Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous forces, after one of the later battalions were bombed by Dignity planes. The Operations “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous” Chamber threatened, in a statement, to respond to any moves against its forces.

While eyewitnesses in Hun city said that a fighting jet affiliated with Haftar forces targeted and had bombed the battalion 9/19 in the city, the spokesperson of troops affiliated with Haftar’s forces, Ahmed Al-Mesmary, said that the air forces attacked a camp of “the Defense Brigades militias” in Al-Jufra. He added that there were some elements of Al-Qaida inside the camp that was used by some groups as a warehouse for weapons and ammunition. He pointed that the airstrike was precise and direct, destroyed personnel and machines.

The Dignity forces confirmed that their control over Sabha city entrances, hours after Col. Muhamed Bin Nayel, the commander of 112 battalions, warned the third forces to leave the south immediately.

From its side, Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous Operations Chamber issued a statement warned of any moves against their troops. It added that “we warn all those tempted to threaten our forces.”

At the same time, the commander of the southern axis of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous in the city of Sirte, Ibrahim Rafeda, regarded Al-Jufra bombing “terrorist and cowered act as the Battalion bombed was part of forces fought in Sirte.” He confirmed that “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous won’t stand still towards what Haftar forces are doing,” warning Haftar the same fate as Gaddafi.

Such events raised many questions about the relations between the Dignity forces and Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous forces that supported by the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA). Will Al-Jufra events ignite further confrontations between both parties, especially that the attack followed Haftar forces statement that they have a plan to liberate the capital, Tripoli?

What is armed confrontation erupted between both forces with large workforce? The consequences will be catastrophic, said observers, for the power balance between both parties. The situation might prompt international intervention to end the fight that might get the country into vast civil war.

Observant said that this attack reminds “us of the attacks on Haftar’s forces on the city of Derna, eastern Libya after it was liberated from the militants of Daesh.”

The observant raised a question about Haftar’s actions because Haftar didn’t help in fighting against Daesh in Derna. Moreover, Haftar’s forces let Daesh forces escape from Derna without stopping them at all. Haftar started bombarding Derna after it was liberated from Daesh.

The observant stated that Haftar’s forces attacked the battalion of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous in Al-Jufra, which participated in fighting against Daesh. This had come after the liberation of Sirte.