LNA deploys troops in Umm Sa’ad, raids hideouts

May 30, 2023 | Libyan actors

On 30 May, violent rioting broke out in Umm Sa’ad on the Egyptian border after Libyan Border Guards fired at a suspected smuggling vehicle, killing a child. In response, the Libyan National Army (LNA) deployed troops to the town, including the 106th Brigade. The following day, the LNA started a series of raids in Umm Sa’ad against drug gangs, migrant hideouts, and slums. In an attempt to quell resistance GNS MoI Undersecretary Faraj Aqim released an inflamatory statement saying that anyone who raises arms against the LNA will be treated as a terrorist, arrested, and their house would be destroyed. In the course of the raids by the LNA and by local security forces over the early days of June about 4,000 migrants were arrested and a large quantity of drugs was seized. Due to the large number of injured as a consequence of these raids, the Tobruk Medical Centre declared a state of emergency.