The Warplanes of the Libyan Air Force (LAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on military positions of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the early hours of April 21.
Libyan sources said that the airstrikes targeted a large military camp of forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the area of al-Sab’a south of the capital. The airstrikes led to the closer of the Mitiga International Airport,the only operational internatinal Airport.
Several videos of the airstrikes show what appears to be precision-guided missiles hitting GNA forces’ positions. The LAF is not known for operating any air-to-surface guided munitions.
These escalation happens following development of potential talks between Haftar forces and Government of National Unity side. Though our source a senior military officer informed us of backroom discussion to halt the war the presidential council spokes person Fayez Al-Sarraj was quick to rebuff the existense of such talks.
Meantime, the Head of Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj called for a UN Security Council fact-finding mission in Tripoli to document violations by Haftar’s attacking forces, including supplying Haftar’s forces with weapons.
“Haftar’s forces have killed civilians and displaced many others of them, using underaged boys in the war on Tripoli and using airstrikes and artillery shelling on residential areas and Mitiga Airport, let alone targeting schools and field hospitals.” Al-Sarraj remarked, hailing the countries who called for the halt of the offensive on Tripoli.
Al-Sarraj accused Haftar’s forces of using foreign aircraft to strike Tripoli, based on Ahmed Al-Mismari’s statement on last Thursday, when he said “friend aircraft” had helped them in airstrikes.
The Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, said his country is following closely the latest escalation in Libya and its ramifications in Tunisia and the whole region.
Essebsi added in a meeting with US Congress delegation on Saturday that his country is working on urging Libyans to look for the greater good of their country and stay committed to the UN-led dialogue and political process.
The fighting have not however, affected the production of petroleum but it has really affected the people to people movement in Tripoli town.
Africa Union need to show leadership by aggressively voicing their concern to the crisis and by calling on both sides to lay down their weapons. As it is currently its the same outsiders, Western Countries,European union and NATO who destroyed Libya are the once purpoting to have asay once again on the foregoing conflict.
AFRICA UNION STEP UP AND SHOW LEADERSHIP. YOUR FAILING AS IT IS.