Tensions in Libya grow on the background of political breakthrough

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 26.5.2017 14:56

During an attack on an air base in Libya on 18 May 141 people were killed, mostly soldiers loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in command of General Khalifa Haftar. The LNA immediately accused the militia called 13th Brigade, which is loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), of the attack.

Despite the fact that the GNA denied participation in the attack, the LNA carried out series of air strikes on 21 May in the Southern region of Jufra. These tensions come a few days after a breakthrough in the Libyan conflict when the GNA first recognised General Khalifa Haftar as a legitimate commander of the Libyan armed forces, but Haftar now also has to recognise GNA as the only political authority. This breakthrough is crucial, as both sides have promised Libya's stabilisation and mitigation of the fighting. However, the new progress in the conflict proves that neither of the fractions is able to avoid fighting between militias and armed groups, so the clashes will likely be limited, but still continue. A political agreement which would lead to the unification of Libya remains a long-term issue.

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