FILE PHOTO: Libyan National Army (LNA) members head out of Benghazi to reinforce troops advancing towards Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya, April 7, 2019. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori/File Photo
CAIRO - 5 August 2020: The German frigate Hamburgis heading to the Mediterranean, to participate in the EU’s IRINI naval operation with 250 soldiers on board. The frigate is meant to monitor the implementation of the UN arms embargo on Libya, according to Al Arabiya News.
The German navy believed that the ship will reach the Mediterranean in mid-July, and will remain in the region until December 20, according to current plans.
Although Hamburg's primary mission is not to rescue migrants, it is also expected to contribute to rescue and relief operations.
This comes as Director of Moral Guidance in the Libyan National Army, Khaledal-Mahjoub, confirmed the readiness of their forces to repel any attempt by the Turkish-backed Al-Wefaq factions.
Cautious calmness continues in western Sirte and central Libya, although nearly a month has passed since the recent escalation in the Libyan capital, following the GNA factions attempted to advance towards the Sirte and Jafra hubs, supported by Ankara with drones and mercenaries.
While the spokesman for the Al-Wefaq forces confirmed that they were awaiting orders to move towards the city, the Libyan army leadership reaffirmed its readiness to respond to any attack after completing preparations atsea, air, and land.
Attention is drawn to the recent political endeavors, especially those revealed after an unannounced visit by a US delegation to Benghazi to meet with army leaders, as well as the Turkish-Russian meeting expected to be held in Moscow in the coming days to defuse thelooming war in central Libya.
Meanwhile, Minister of Interior of the Eastern Libya Government, Ibrahim Bouchnaf, stressed that the government is concerned about changing the demographic composition in Libya, due to the presence of Syrian and African mercenaries in the country.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Bouchnaf said, "The security situation in western Libyan cities is very bad and is getting out of hand because of the armed militias' control of the powers of the security services."
"We have witnessed grave violations by these mercenaries in several regions of the west of the country, and they have seized public and private properties, especially in Tripoli and the city of Tarhuna," he added.
Regarding the issue of illegal immigration, Boushnaf explained thatthe area under the Eastern Libyan government'scontrol is free of illegal immigration. This area extends from the Egyptian border in the east, to Sirte in the west and the international community has not registered any cases of illegal immigration in this region.
"We are almost unable to combat the phenomenon due to the lack of resources. The countries that are usually the final destination for migrants must assume their responsibility in this regard. We are going to conduct a conference on this matter in December," he clarified.
"The Libyan government will not abandon its duty in the western regions of the country. We have elements in the west that are working to provide the ministry with information onthe security situation. It is completely out of control as a result of the armed militias,"Bouchnaf concluded.
Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It now has two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the country.
The country’s internationally recognized government is based in Tripoli, while KhalifaHaftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, is supported by a parallel administration based in the east.