Tensions remain high as Rada and the 444 Brigade withdraw from frontlines

Aug 18, 2023 | Libyan actors

On 18 August, Rada and the 444 Brigade withdrew most of their fighters from the front lines during the day. The withdrawal was supervised by the Ministry of Interior, the Stability Support Apparatus (SSA), and the 111th Brigade. Prisoners and the bodies of those killed were exchanged in the hours thereafter. Prime Minister Abdul Hameed Dabaiba instructed the Ministry of Local Government to record the damage caused by the fighting and prepare compensation for those affected. Minister of Interior Emad Trabelsi has ordered the formation of a Security Room at the Tripoli Security Directorate (TSD) to resolve disputes between militias in Tripoli. It will be headed by Security Director Khalil Mustafa. This Security Chamber is to be supported by patrols from the SSA, the General Staff, the Tripoli Security Agency, the Internal Security Agency, and various other agencies. Meanwhile, United Nations Special Envoy to Libya Abdoulaye Bathily said the tragic events in Tripoli demonstrated once again the urgent need for accountable, legitimate and unified political and security institutions in Libya.