LNA continues to crack down on Greens in Sirte and Sebha

Sep 6, 2023 | Libyan actors

On 6 September, the Libyan National Army (LNA) deployed additional troops (about 120 men) to Sirte, probably from the 20/20 Brigade of the Tariq Bin Ziyad Brigade, because of the presence of a significant number of Qadhafi supporters (‘Greens’) in this city. Subsequently, the LNA destroyed with bulldozers several houses reportedly belonging to members of al-Qadhadhfa tribe, on whose phones photos of Muammar Qadhafi or Saif al-Islam Qadhafi were found. Dozens of people who participated in the celebration of the anniversary of the Qadhafi revolution on 1 September were arrested.

The al-Qadhadhfa tribe in Sirte said it was the object of ‘unfortunate measures’ that featured the storming of dozens of houses in the al-Gharbiyat area, the inspection of personal phones, and the imprisonment of dozens of tribesmen for no reason other than their belonging to the al-Qadhadhfa. They claimed many homes were destroyed. Politicians close to the LNA claimed that those criticizing attempts by the army to restore security in the country do not want Libya to become stable. Media outlets close to the LNA said that a building in Sirte which some claimed was destroyed and was inhabited by ordinary citizens, was in fact a site housing illegal immigrants. On 8 September, the LNA started to gradually withdraw from the al-Qadhadhfa districts in and around Sirte.

From 7 September, the LNA significantly increased its presence on the streets of Sebha. The following day, the LNA raided the al-Fatih neighborhood in Sebha, inhabited mainly by the al-Qadhadhfa. The aim was to arrest people who had celebrated the anniversary of the Qadhafi Revolution last week. This was followed by clashes between the LNA and the youth of the neighborhood, in which at least two young men were injured. After the intervention of some al-Qadhadhfa sheikhs, an agreement was made to hand over the wanted persons and their weapons to the LNA.