The Libya Muslim Brotherhood group had denounced, in a statement, the brutal bombardment of the airstrikes of the Army that led by General Khalifa Haftar in the residential area of Ganfouda area in Benghazi. The statement condemned the siege of Haftar’s army on the city of Derna and the air raids on the city. Muslim Brotherhood group expressed concern over kidnapping the innocent civilians in many areas in the country. It called for supporting the efforts that seek to stop the bloodshed. libyaprospect.com
As the Libya National Army has been making gains against al-Qaeda in & around Benghazi, the Libya branch of the Muslim Brotherhood have been calling for an end to the assault on the al-Qaeda stronghold of Ganfouda.
The main opposition to the LNA in that area is Shura Council – The first group in Libya to choose the side of ISIS in relation to the al-Qaeda power struggle, they remained part of the Libya Dawn coalition, they were still part of ISIS during the beach attacks in Tunisia, at that time Libya Dawn were taking Tunisian diplomats hostage, & rounding up hundreds of Tunisian working in the country. The attack on the Tunisian tourist resort Port El Kantaoui, relsuted in Thirty-eight people, 30 of whom were British, being killed.
When the Muslim Brotherhood decided that ISIS had become a threat to their own power & control, the Shura Council flipped their allegiance back to Ayman al-Zawahiri leadership, from ISIS leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This did not make them any more moderate, under the labeled of “Benghazi Defense Brigades” with al-Sharia who perpetrated the 2012 Beghazi attack, which resulted in the deaths of several Americans. They have been sending car bombs into LNA controlled areas in Benghazi, on an almost daily basis.
On the 21 July Amnesty International acknowledged that al-Qaeda groups in Ganfouda had taken hostages, & were using them as human shields, following with the comments that should these civilians be killed during the anti terrorist operations, then it could be used as evidence of LNA war crimes. Did Amnesty International open the door to al-Qaeda harming/executing hostages? to be used as anti LNA propaganda.
“No one should be held as a hostage or treated as a human shield. Even if Ansar al-Sharia were intentionally using detainees as human shields, this would not absolve the Libyan National Army of their obligation to take their presence into account and to avoid launching disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which may amount to war crimes,” said Magdalena Mughrabi – Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International.
30 September: Magdalena Mughrabi calls up on al-Qaeda to protect the lives of civilians, she is calling on a terrorist organization who is using hostages as human shields to protect the lives of civilians. While BDB have been using Ganfouda as a base of operations to launch car bomb attacks on LNA controlled areas, such as the attack on children leaving their school.
“All the warring parties must take all feasible precautions to protect the lives of civilians caught up in the fighting in Ganfouda and other parts of Libya in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law,” said Magdalena Mughrabi.
There is a notable difference between unintendedly killing civilians who are being used as human shields by al-Qaeda, & deliberately using a car bomb to target children leaving a school.
If the LNA fail to act in defense of their homeland then the alternative is to let Benghazi fall to al-Qaeda, at which point the civilians in LNA areas of control would be used as human shields or slaughtered. Not to mention it would mean allowing al-Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood to gain control of Africa’s largest oil reserves on Europe’s doorstep.
ISIS flag in the Benghazi Shura Council HQ in Guwarsha, Oct 2014
Celebrations in Benghazi after LNA announce capture of Gwarsha
Map via Nadia Ramadan – Tripoli
19 June 2015:
Tunisian consular workers freed ‘in exchange for Libya Dawn commander
26 June 2015:
2015 Sousse attacks
Libyan Dawn: Map of allies and enemies
The farce is speading beyond Libya’s shores. After the revelation revealed in The Times that British special forces are not just advising, but fighting alongside Misrata (Libya Dawn) forces battling IS, the head of the British parliament’s powerful foreign affairs committee, Crispin Blunt MP, has demanded Prime Minister Cameron come clean about exactly what the SAS is up to in Libya. His concern: That British units will become embroiled not just in Misrata’s war against IS, but with its bigger battle against Haftar’s forces. Hafter’s forces are covertly advised by Russian and French special forces, leading to the possibility of a very awkward confrontation. Let alone the fact that Egypt and the UAE also support the East Libyans. timesofoman.com