Libya: Militias Engaged in a Desperate Push for Victory Over Libyan Army

https://i.alarab.co.uk/styles/article_image_800x450_scale/s3/2019-09/libya_0.jpg?CRY6S7EwBI2cU0.vSEINuT677i7wNoUs&itok=WwnnM0sBTripoli: Al-Wefaq government militias are trying to make military progress at the expense of civilian lives, in anticipation of talks expected by the international community.

The militias attacked army positions in the Al-Araban area, where the army has been massing its forces in preparation for an offensive to retake the nearby town of Gharyan. According to eyewitnesses, militias from inside the Al-Araban area used heavy and medium weapons, targeting civilians.

On Wednesday, forces of the Government of National Accord announced progress towards al-Araban, an army post south of Gharyan.

According to a brief statement published by the media center of Operation Volcano of Anger, launched by the Government of Al-Wefaq to repel the army’s offensive to liberate Tripoli, its forces “are pursuing the remnants of Haftar in the Al-Araban area and destroyed four of its armed vehicles”.

The army initially entered Gharyan at the beginning of the battle to liberate Tripoli and established its main operating room, until it fell to the militias on June 26th.

Militias allied with Libya’s al-Wefaq government control the capital, after the latter failed to implement the security arrangements contained in the political agreement, which provide for the removal of militias from cities and their disarmament.

Since Saturday, the Islamists have been trying to make progress in the southern areas of Tripoli and Gharyan, but their attempts have failed after the army successfully countered their attacks.

Leaders affiliated with the political movement of Islam spoke about the zero hour that will end the fighting that has raged since April 4th, in its favour. Observers expect that the militias have received Turkish military support after Interior Minister Fathi Pachagada’s visit to Ankara at the end of August.

In return, the army is mobilizing for a major operation and waving military leaders into an imminent incursion into the capital five months after militias left the outskirts of Tripoli.

The militias and their successors, the current of political Islam, are afraid to enter into negotiations with the army under the auspices of the United Nations because they realize the weakness of their position, so time has raced to achieve military progress improved by its negotiating position

Recently, pressure has increased on both sides to stop the fighting and resume the political process that began with the G-7 statement and ended with the United States emphasizing the need to end the war and return to negotiations.

The militias and their successors, the political movement of Islam, fear negotiations with the military under the auspices of the United Nations because they understand their weak position, so they are racing against time to achieve military progress that might improve their negotiating power.

UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, is preparing to hold an international conference on Libya in Germany in October, which is expected to arrive at important decisions, notably a ceasefire and a Libyan-Libyan conference during which the next transition will be negotiated. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that her country will do its part to avoid a proxy war in Libya, warning that the situation there threatens to destabilize the whole of Africa.

“There is a situation that is developing in Libya and may take on dimensions like the one we have seen in Syria,” Merkel said in a speech to the German parliament. We need to do everything we can to ensure that the situation does not escalate into a proxy war and Germany will do its part. If the situation in Libya does not stabilize, the stability of the entire African region will be shaken,” she said.

Observers have linked Merkel’s warnings of Libya’s transition to a new Syria with the possibility of monitoring the arrival of fighters from Syria’s Idlib to western Libyan cities to fight alongside militias.

In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that terrorists would move from the Syrian city of Idlib to Libya.

Germany’s ambassador to Libya said Wednesday that his country aims to hold a forum on Libya this year in cooperation with the United Nations to try to stabilize the oil-producing country.”Germany has the responsibility to do so with a process of consultation with key international parties,” Ambassador Oliver Ofgza said on Twitter. “With sufficient preparatory work, these efforts could lead to an important international event this fall.”

Ghassan Salamé met with Canada’s Ambassador to Libya, Hilary Childs, to discuss “recent political developments in Libya, the emerging international situation and planning for the upcoming international conference on Libya,”the mission said via its Facebook account. to discus

At the G-7 summit in France at the end of August, the Group of Seven called for an international conference involving all international and regional actors in the Libyan crisis.

In a statement, the seven countries reiterated their support for “a truce that could enable a permanent ceasefire,” “support for a political solution as a guarantor of stability” in Libya, and “support the efforts of the United Nations and the African Union to establish a Libyan-Libyan conference.”

Al Arab