Libya's Defense Ministry says unaware of "Operation Snake Hunt"

Libya's Defense Ministry says unaware of "Operation Snake Hunt"

January 11, 2021 - 19:14
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Defense Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said Sunday that it had not been informed by the Interior Ministry about “Operation Snake Hunt”.

The Defense Ministry added in a statement on Facebook that the commanders of both the western and Tripoli military zones hadn't been informed about the operation, which was announced by the Interior Ministry, without any prior coordination.

The Defense Ministry reiterated that its main goal had always been to secure the country and to work effectively in fighting terrorism, extremism, human trafficking and organized crime through uniting security and military institutions across Libya. 

"We call on all security apparatuses to coordinate with the ministry’s security and military departments in order to ensure effective outcomes that help bring about security and stability in the country." The statement reads.

The Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha told reporters Sunday that "Operation Snake Hunt" would be kicked off to target organized crime, drug dealers, and human traffickers as well as fuel smugglers.

Bashagha said the operation would be launched in coordination with the western and Tripoli military zones' forces, adding that it would also be supported by international powers.

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