SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 19 June 2024, Wednesday |

Libya’s LNA launches operation near southern border after Chad clashes

Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) said it launched air strikes against “foreign armed groups” near the border with Chad on Friday, after fighting near the area between the government of Chad and a rebel group trying to unseat it.

Chad’s President Mahamat Idriss Deby said on Sunday that the army was again fighting the Libya-based Chadian Front for Change and Concord (FACT) group, which quit a ceasefire last week amid clashes.

FACT had fought alongside the LNA as one of many mercenary groups involved in Libya’s civil war, researchers on Libya say, but they were on opposing sides during fighting two years ago when Deby’s father was killed.

LNA spokesperson Ahmad Mismari said it had carried out strikes against foreign forces on the border with Chad after having earlier announced an operation to secure the frontier.

An LNA media unit distributed photographs of Haftar’s son, Saddam Haftar, overseeing the operation with other LNA officers.

The media unit said the LNA had expelled members of the Chadian opposition and their families from a residential area they were using in a desert town 300km (200 miles) north of the border with Chad.

Libya has had little internal peace or security since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, and its southern desert border has become a major transit route for trafficking networks.

    Source:
  • Reuters