Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh Issa - REUTERS
CAIRO – 5 July 2018: The decision of having the oil crescents and its ports operate under the leadership of the national oil companies in Benghazi was necessary to undermine terrorists’ activities in Libya, Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh told Akram Alfy, editor-in-chief of Al-Ain news portal, on Wednesday.
During his current visit to Egypt, Aguila sat down with the Emirati newspaper, Al-Ain, and explained the current situation in Libya and the ongoing battle against terrorism in Derna.
Augila revealed that Qatar and Turkey are financing terrorist groups in Libya, according to the Libyan army’s documents that showed that significant stocks of weapons and ammunition coming from Qatar were found in the stores of terrorists in Derna.
The terrorists arrested by the national army during the military operations in Derna admitted that Qatar and Turkey financially supported the militiamen of Ibrahim al-Jadran, who previously led an assault on oil ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf.
"A Turkish ship carrying explosives to Misrata was spotted and then seized in Greece," Aguila further added in reference to the Turkish intervention in Libya in favor of terrorism.
"A number of Libyan officials announced Wednesday that Misrata has become the terrorist hotspot," said Walid al-Arifi, head of the Information Office of the General Directorate of Libyan Criminal Research, floating the possibility of launching a military operation to liberate the cities of Misrata and Tripoli from terrorists.
Qatar has previously deplored the decision of putting the Libyan National oil company under the control of the country’s oil crescent, describing it as unfair to other concerned and operating factions in Libya.
In exclusive statements to Egypt Today in June, Head of the NOC in Benghazi, Faraj Saeed al-Hassi, claimed that militant organizations attacking the oil crescent are funded from Libya’s oil revenues.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari, said the move aims to prevent oil revenues from being used to back militias such as “Chadian mercenaries”, and comes as a response to the lack of recognition of chairman of NOC Tripoli, Mustafa Sanalla, for the “sacrifices” of the LNA troops guarding the ports, Reuters reported.
Eastern factions have long accused the Central Bank of Libya of misspending oil revenues and allocating insufficient funds to the east.
Mismari announced in a press conference that the LNA foiled five attacks on Libya’s oil crescent, which reportedly incorporates about 80 percent of Libya’s oil, thereby causing the death of 184 LNA soldiers while defending the region.
TRIPOLI - 5 July 2018: The Libyan parliament's defense committee condemned Qatar's interference in the country's domestic affairs and its unwavering support to terror gangs and extremism. In its statement, the committee deplored the Qatari justification to the terror attacks against oil fields and ports.
CAIRO - 11 June 2018: High-risk militant, Omar Refaei Sorour (aka Abu Abdullah al-Masry), and his family were reported killed in a military airstrike by the Libyan army in the city of Derna; Sorour's sister, Walaa, was tagged in a condolence post on her Facebook page on Monday.
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