Faiez Sirraj, prime minister designate of the UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, visited Zliten on Friday to offer condolences to families of the victims of the recent IS attack on a Zliten police academy.
|The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in which a truck loaded with explosives was detonated as recruits carried out morning exercises. Around 50 were killed according to the latest estimates. Even as Serraj, with several other members of the nine-member Presidency Council, arrived at Misrata airport under tight security measures there were some signs of trouble ahead as there were protesters outside the airport who expressed rejection of the visit, which they characterized as political propaganda on behalf of the GNA. The GNA has not been approved by either of the two rival parliaments as yet.|
On their way back to the airport, the delegation was forced to turn around at Dafnia checkpoint – just west of Misrata – as the road was closed due to fighting. “We heard shooting at a distance”, vice PM Mussa al-Koni told Libya Channel. Sources on the ground said the clashes were between forces backing the GNA and others opposing it.