Militants attack eastern city of Ajdabiya in Libya
A recently formed militia of militants who fled Benghazi, the Defend Benghazi Brigades, have attacked the industrial zone of the eastern city of Ajdabiya but were reportedly forced to retreat by General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army.
|The Libyan National Army (LNA) are the armed forces of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). Neither the HoR nor Haftar recognize the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar refuses to join in any unified command as demanded by the GNA. He considers many of the militia fighting for the GNA against the Islamic State to be his enemies. The Benghazi brigades are said to be led by Islamist Zivadj Belam backed by Ismail Salabi.|
: The Ajdabia Liberation Operations Chamber announced Saturday that it had taken complete hold of Al-Hay Al-Sinayi (Industrial Block) district in southern Ajdabia backed up by some of Defend Benghazi Brigades’ forces.Al-Maghrabi claimed that his group had also seized a number of vehicles including armored ones from the Haftar LNA. He said that Ajdabiya Liberation Operations Chamber was formed to free the city from Haftar's Dignity Operation and that now they had been joined by the BOB the two had started the process of freeing the city. Operation DIgnity was begun in May 2014 by Haftar to rid Libya of Islamists, or at least all who were opposed to him. The HoR reacted quickly to the attacks:The member of Ajdabia Liberation Operations Chamber, Abdullah AL-Maghrabi, told Al-Nabaa TV that their forces seized some military camps previously possessed by Haftar’s militias in Al-Nahir district in southern Ajdabia supported by Defend Benghazi Brigades, confirming that a number of Haftar’s militiamen were killed and others wounded, without giving numbers.
The Speaker of the Tobruk-based HoR, Aqilah Saleh has announced mobilization of fighters and appointed the HoR’s Chief of Staff as a military commander for the districts between Tobruk and Derna as well as Ben Jawad town, in central Libya.Note that Ben Jawad is under the control of the PFG who support the GNA unlike the HoR and Haftar. There could be more battles brewing between Haftar and the PFG, not only with militants in Ajdabiya.Slaeh’s mobilization decision comes after an attack carried out by Ajdabia Liberation Operations Chamber in cooperation with Defend Benghazi Brigades on southern Ajdabia, where the HoR is in control of the ground (150 km western Benghazi) on Saturday morning.