Arab League to provide military support to Libya

Arab league meeting in Cairo called to discuss providing political and military support to Libya in their fight against ISIS

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Arab League chief Nabil Al-Arabi.

Libyan Tobruk-based House of Representatives’ Foreign Minister, Mohammed al Dairi urged the Arab League for a military intervention, during an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Cairo.

Dairi also stated that the Arab nations should provide immediate assistance to Libya with its battle against ISIS insurgency in accordance with the 1950 joint Arab defence treaty.

Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby emphasised the importance of providing Libya with political and military assistance in order to stop the expansion of ISIS.

Elaraby said in a statement that, "taking all necessary measures to restore security and peace in Libya, providing political and military support to preserve and protect the sovereignty of Libya and supporting the national army and the elimination of terrorism, this is what the Arab leaders decided on doing."

The Arab League further discussed on Tuesday within its member representatives that they needed to step up and help the Libyan Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR) in order to contain ISIS’ continuous expansions in Libya and to stop the massacres that the insurgency is committing in the town of Sirte.

Al Arabiya received a draft of a statement which will be presented at a meeting among the members of the Arab League in Cairo today, stating that they will further discuss and analyse the situation in Libya and that the members will immediately commit to aiding the HOR politically and militarily in their fight against the militant group, especially following the recent events that the town of Sirte has encountered by the hands of ISIS.

In addition, the draft calls on all the Arab nations to quickly assemble a unified Arab force to aid Libya systematically and strategically to prevent the country from collapsing, and requests the UN Security Council to lift the arms embargo imposed on the Libyan army, amid expectations of assembling a joint Arab force to combat terrorism in Libya.

African news portal said that Libyan sources confirmed that the formation of a joint Arab troops to intervene militarily in Libya against ISIS is now in session, and that those forces are believed to be of five Arab countries.

Italian government had warned Libya, that a political failure in creating a unity government, with the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC), could push the international community in combatting ISIS using airspace.

ISIS militants had stormed earlier the court rooms in the town of Sirte, replacing them with their own, amid huge battles with the resident tribes.

Only the courts of the areas of Bin Jowad, Abo Najeem and Abu Qareen are still outside the control of the insurgency.

According to Libyan sources, ISIS had placed hundreds of its militants in different locations within Benghazi.

Seven soldiers were killed during a fight against the insurgency which began on Friday in a neighborhood in Sabri district, part of the city of Benghazi, as reported by Bawabat al-Wasat website.



TRTWorld and agencies