Libyan parliament considers pardon for rebels operating in oil crescent region

Published September 18th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
Libyan rebels round-up soldiers loyal to Muammar Gaddafi following their capture after clashes in Libya's western mountain region of Qalaa. (AFP/File)
Libyan rebels round-up soldiers loyal to Muammar Gaddafi following their capture after clashes in Libya's western mountain region of Qalaa. (AFP/File)

Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh Issa called on all the armed in the oil crescent region to hand out their weapons to the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the guards of the oil facilities.

From his part, Prime Minister of Libya's unity government Fayez Seraj headed to New York to participate in the sessions of the U.N. General Assembly. Seraj, before leaving Cairo, convened with U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler to discuss the latest updates following the LNA seizure of the oil crescent region.

The Egyptian capital, Cairo, witnessed throughout the past two days an intensive Libyan political activity amid information that Egypt is still trying to mediate among Libyan parties.

The debate is basically over the Libyan parliament refusal to grant Seraj government the right to appoint military and security figures in the state as well as objection over east Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar himself.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri expressed his country's full support for the LNA's takeover last Sunday as "to maintain security and stability in Libya and to secure Libyan oil wealth".

Aguila said that once the armed surrender themselves and hand out their weapons to the army, they will be granted an amnesty and will not be prosecuted. He also called on army units to follow these instructions.

An official spokesperson expressed Aguila's endorsement to the strikes taking place in various parts of the country to support the army and to reject foreign interference.

Moreover, a car exploded in Benghazi close to a strike supporting the LNA. Five civilians were wounded and four vehicles and one ambulance car were burnt. Hundreds of Haftar supporters participated in the strike holding posters for him.

Libyan Interior Minister Mohammed Al-Madani stated that Haftar is following up the security condition in Benghazi, which is undergoing daily clashes since two years between the army and armed groups.

By Khalid Mahmoud


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