The member of the General National Congress, Mansour Al-Hasadi, said sources confirmed that the airstrike that targeted Derna Sunday dawn was concurrent with a plan by the backup forces of Derna Shura Council to attack and eradicate IS/Daesh militants from Al-Fatayeh and neighborhood 400 areas on the east coast.
In a press release, Al-Hasadi said that the bombing caused casualties and fatalities among the local civilians, not to mention the material damage done to the surrounding buildings, including the medical technology faculty, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque, and the Kidney Disease Center of Al-Wahda hospital.
“Derna was hit by Egyptian air force warplanes last year, and Sunday dawn, it was hit again, but this time, we still don’t know the source of the airstrike.” He exclaimed.
Meanwhile, Derna Shura Council issued a statement earlier Sunday describing Dignity Operation's war on the blood-thirsty IS/Daesh militias as just a propaganda as they are both shedding the Libyan blood and supporting each other when analyzed realistically.
"The unidentified airstrike coincided with a heavy fire opened by the IS militants as they endeavored to seize the opportunity and infiltrate into Bab Tobruk neighborhood and then tried to encircle the Shura revolutionaries in Al-Fatayeh axis." The statement added.
Last year Al-Thanni government announced that it had coordinated with Egypt’s air force to carry out airstrikes on Derna city, claiming that it was a joint effort between the two governments against IS/Daesh; however, the Egyptian airstrikes did nothing but killing and injuring a number of civilians.