Libyan Haftar's Army Confirms Loss of Jet, Suspects GNA in Downing - Statement

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

Haftar, who was exiled in the United States for two decades, returned to Libya in 2011 when the revolution erupted, commanding forces that eventually toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Troops loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have shot down a fighter jet belonging to the eastern forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar, on the same day the renegade general held talks with Egypt's president in Cairo.

The meeting was attended by Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel.

His campaign has disrupted efforts by the United Nations to bring rival eastern and western administrations to the negotiating table to plan an election and end the turmoil. By moving forces west, his eastern home base is exposed and it may be hard for Haftar to retreat without losing standing among friends and foes alike.

The "life goes on" attitude of some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Tripoli may soon be in peril with the further escalation of clashes between factions in Libya, following reports that foreign governments will soon be sending support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

Fighting in recent days has been taking place on the outskirts of Tripoli as LNA forces have been bogged down by groups aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Gen Haftar frames his march on Tripoli as part of his fight against Islamic militants and to restore law and order in Libya, goals that are, at least in theory, in line with the policies on Libya embraced by Egypt and Gen Haftar's west European allies.

Since a Libyan military commander launched an assault to take over Tripoli, the capital, 10 days ago, 121 people have died and 561were wounded, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

As well as fighting on the ground, the two sides have launched daily air raids and accuse each other of targeting civilians.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 13,500 people have been displaced, and that "significant numbers of civilians" remain stuck in areas where the fighting has escalated.

"Three medical personnel have been killed and five ambulances have been incapacitated by shrapnel", OCHA said in a Saturday statement.

"The humanitarian community repeats its warning that continuing to attack medical and civilian facilities is a violation of worldwide humanitarian law and human rights law", OCHA said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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