PC assigns Libyan army chief, interior minister to follow up on situation in Tripoli

PC assigns Libyan army chief, interior minister to follow up on situation in Tripoli

July 23, 2022 - 13:02
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Presidential Council (PC), in its capacity as the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, has assigned the Chief of Libya's army, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Al-Haddad, and the newly appointed Interior Minister, Badr Al-Din Al-Toumi, to follow up on the ceasefire in the capital, Tripoli.

Clashes between two battalions affiliated with the Presidential Council rocked central Tripoli on Thursday night and other parts of the capital. In response, Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah sacked his former Interior Minister Khaled Mazen.  

The PC's Head, Muhammad Menfi, and PM/ Minister of Defence, Dbeibah, held an emergency meeting, which grouped governmental, military, and intelligence service officials.

A Presidential Council statement said the council ordered the Military Prosecutor to investigate the events, which left at least 13 people killed.

PM Dbeibah has assigned his new interior minister to assess the damages to public and private properties, his office said.

Clashes first broke out on Thursday night in the Ain Zara district, south of Tripoli, between units of the Presidential Guard and the Deterrent Force affiliated with the PC.

Sporadic clashes continued until midday on Friday before a spokesman for the Government of National Unity (GNU) announced that the two sides had agreed to halt fighting.

The GNU spokesman, Muhammad Hammouda, said the Deterrence Force committed to ceasing hostilities after the intervention of the PC's head and the Prime minister. However, eyewitnesses confirmed that gunfire could be heard near the (Saadawi Camp) in Ain Zara hours after the ceasefire was declared.