Eastern Libya commander Haftar threatens to attack capital Tripoli
(December 16) The head of the Libyan National Army(LNA), Field Marshal Khaifa Haftar called on his forces to be prepared for an offensive to free the capital Tripoli. Haftar is head of the armed forces(LNA) of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) government.
|The HoR government is a rival to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord(GNA) based in Tripoli the capital. A top LNA official confirmed the call to the Libya Herald after Haftar made it during a talk to members of the LNA. There are reports that he has been in contact with some forces in the capital. The Herald claims that many believe that if Hafter were to try and take Tripoli it would unify Tripoli's divided militias against him.|
Last week a video emerged purportedly showing members of the al-Awashr Brigade taking turns to rape a woman as she pleads for mercy in front of her young daughter, sparking outrage. A rival militia, the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, who uploaded the video, said that the clip was found on the phone of an al-Awashr commander. Outrage over the video led to protests in Tripoli on Friday December 9 and during the weekend.The GNA has promised that it will makes those responsible for the rape, accountable.
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