A series of attacks by Turkish-made drones took place last week in the Libyan city of Al-Zawiya. They targeted several locations in the city, resulting in several casualties.
The details of the attacks that hit different areas in Al-Zawiya and Maya’s port in the west of the country remained uncertain.
Last Thursday, the Government of National Unity issued a statement, in which it disclosed details of the attack and noted that it had carried out airstrikes on smuggling locations in the western parts of the country.
The Defence Ministry of the Government announced that the Air Force executed precise airstrikes against hubs of fuel smuggling gangs, drug trafficking, and human trafficking in the western coastal area.
Abu Zriba, a member of the House of Representatives from Al-Zawiya, asserted that most of the airstrikes that targeted the Abu Sirrah and Maya areas and other parts of the western region since Thursday aimed to settle political matters.
On its part, the House of Representatives (HoR) denounced the attacks and expressed its grave concern over the drone attack in Al-Zawiya, which targeted the home of Ali Abu Zriba, a member of the parliament, deploring the blatant assault.
Meanwhile, the residents of the Abu Sirrah area in Zawia condemned the government’s targeting of civilians and their areas by drones, holding it accountable for dragging the region back into wars and chaos, according to a statement.
As the Government of National Unity continues its airstrikes on what it calls “strongholds of smuggling and drugs,” it confirmed that Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah was following the progress of the security operation carried out by the armed forces in the western region to combat smugglers.
The government’s media office revealed several pictures which included a photo of an anonymous attendee present in the meeting, along with Dbeibah and several other leaders.
The identity of this individual remains obscured, posing a vital question – who was the hidden figure who attended this high-level security meeting discussing the security situation in the west of the country?
It is worth noting that Al-Zawiya has been witnessing civilian protests since the end of April, led by the “Movement to Correct the Course” against the security chaos resulting from the proliferation of militias and foreign mercenaries. This caused a spike in murder, kidnapping, fuel smuggling, and illegal immigrant crimes.