Various actors pledge to investigate al-Jamail clashes as Dabaiba’s opponents blame GNU

May 8, 2024 | Libyan actors

On 8 May, Libyan Army Deputy Chief of Staff (CoS) Salaheddin al-Namroush arrived in al-Jamail and promised in a meeting with local representatives that an investigation will be initiated and the culprits behind the clashes will be arrested and brought to justice. He said a committee will be formed with representatives of the Elders & Notables, the Security Directorate and officers of the Libyan Army.

Attorney General al-Sadiq al-Sour, in a meeting with the Mayor of al-Jamail, the Security Director and the Nobles & Elders of the town, (and in the presence of the Attorney General of the Zawiyya Court of Appeals), ordered the prosecution of those responsible for the violent events in al-Jamail. He emphasized the need to restore the protection of human rights in the city and to prosecute the perpetrators who violated the sanctity of life and property.

Dabaiba’s opponents have blamed the GNU for the violence in al-Jamail, while the residents have continued to call for all external militias to be withdrawn.

The National Accord Bloc in the High State Council (HSC) has blamed the Dabaiba government for the security chaos in al-Jamail. They said that the alarming developments in terms of crime, smuggling, deteriorating living conditions, escalating lawlessness and corruption underscore the need to move forward with the electoral process and form a unified government. On 10 May, the House of Representatives (HoR) demanded the immediate withdrawal of all ‘armed formations’ from al-Jamail without exception.

Following the clashes, hundreds of people in al-Jamail again demonstrated against the presence of foreign (not from the town) militias and demanded their withdrawal. On 11 May, the mayor of al-Jamail warned that the ceasefire in the city is fragile because the fundamental problem – the presence of militias in the city – has not been addressed.