Calm descends on Zuwara as Joaili's forces pull out and Ras Ajdair border reopens

Calm descends on Zuwara as Joaili's forces pull out and Ras Ajdair border reopens

January 07, 2018 - 21:33
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Zuwara Media Center photo

Zuwara mayor, Hafid Bin Sassi, said they agreed with the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, to stop the military operations led by the commander of the western military zone, Osama Joaili, inside the municipality of Zuwara.

Bin Sassi told the press Saturday that they agreed with Al-Sirraj to hold a meeting for all the concerned authorities in Ras Ajdair border crossing, saying Al-Sirraj promised to issue a statement regarding the unrest in Abu Kammash area, which is located near Ras Ajdair border.

"We have demanded that Al-Sirraj places Joaili under investigation over the attacks on Abu Kammash and the damage they caused." Bin Sassi indicated.

In addition to Bin Sassi and Al-Sirraj, the meeting was attended by members of elders council in Zuwara, officials from security operations room and from Zuwara security directorate plus the Zuwara High Council of State's member.

Zuwara municipality, meanwhile, condemned the attack of forces loyal to commander of the western military zone Joaili on Abu Kammash complex near the Libyan-Tunisian border, saying it was a violation that left the resident trapped in panic under the pretext of "anti-crime operations."

The council added in a statement that the attack left the resident terrified due to the use of heavy weapons.

In the meantime, the commander of the Ras Ajdair border crossing with Tunisia Hafid Ghali said traffic had reopened at the border, saying calm has descended on the area after the clashes ceased.

Ghali explained that the forces which advanced on the areas nearby the border crossing had pulled out, adding that the Presidential Council will issue some orders to take the situation under control in cooperation with the border's security authorities.