LIBYAPROSPECT – Tripoli
A security source told LIBYAPROSPECT that the calm returns to Salahuddin area, south-eastern Tripoli, after the clashes between the Seventh Infantry Brigade (SIB) and battalions from Tripoli, on Monday.
The SIB attacked the area coming from the city of Tarhuna, 65 kilometres to the southeast of Tripoli, for no clear reason, but was confronted by some Battalions affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA).
After a long day of fighting, the calm was returned at night after the efforts of the sheikhs and notables of Tarhuna.
The head of Tarhuna Sheikhs and notables, Saleh Al-Fandi, said in a press release, on Monday, that the two factions reached a ceasefire. He added that the two sides agreed to hand over the security check-point gates to Tripoli Security Directorate.
From his side, the commander of the Presidential Guards of the GNA, General Najmi Al-Nakoa, stated that the SIB doesn’t affiliate with the Presidential Guards body; stressing that his forces weren’t involved in the clashes.
In the same context, the Chief of Staff that affiliated with the Presidential Council (PC) of the GNA, Abdul-Rahman Al-Taweel, said that the SIB is not affiliated with him. Al-Taweel raised a question about who had ordered the SIB to attack Tripoli.
Earlier, the same day, representatives of the tribes of Tarhuna said, in a statement, that the PC established the SIB in 2017 as part of the national army. The statement stressed that the SIB’s field movements were in the interest of the homeland and Tripoli.
The head of the media department of the Health Ministry, Wedad Benniran, stated that five were killed and 33 injured as a result of the clashes. Benniran added that six injured cases are under intensive care.
The Defence Ministry of the GNA stressed that the attack on Tripoli was unjustified and it could be a spark of sedition and civil war.
The ministry said that this kind of attacks could undermine the efforts to resolve the crisis in the country. It could also obstruct the efforts of the International Community through the peaceful ways.