2019-02-05 Africa North||Airstrike kills seven Tabu tribesmen in Murzuk town
[Libya Observer] Seven Tabu tribe members were killed and more than 20 others maimed in an |Arclight airstrike conducted by Dignity Operation air force on the southern town of Murzuk on Sunday.
Sources from the town said the airstrike targeted a group of civilians who were protesting the presence of warlord Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
’s gangs in their town.
The airstrike came as ground fighters of Dignity Operation prepare for a massive offensive on the town.
Tabu tribe accuses the warlord of ethnic cleansing and discrimination against its members in the south.
A Tabu activist said Haftar’s gangs are backed by Sudanese rebel fighters in their offensive in the south.
Tabu tribe has demanded the Presidential Council and the UN mission in Libya to intervene to stop what it described the systematic ethnic cleansing of the Tabu community.
Warlord Khalifa Haftar launched a military operation in mid-January to control the southern Libyan towns and cities under the slogan of "fighting terrorism and securing borders." However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
politicians and analysts following the Libyan file considered his operation an attempt to extend his influence and put his hands on the country's oil resources in that region.
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