Sebha stronghold

Libya: A new power struggle is taking shape in Sebha

By Sarah Vernhes

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Posted on December 20, 2021 14:47

Firefox_Screenshot_2021-12-20T14-32-22.990Z Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, 16 November 2021. © ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI/REUTERS
Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, 16 November 2021. © ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI/REUTERS

The strategic southern capital of Sebha is the scene of a new power struggle between the armed groups of the Government of National Unity (GNU) and those of Khalifa Haftar. All of this is taking place while the Gaddafi forces reshuffle their tribal alliances.

The situation remains extremely tense in Sebha, the capital of Fezzan, following clashes on the night of 13 December between the Government of National Unity (GNU)-affiliated 116 Brigade and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Madkhalist Tariq Bin Ziyad Force (TBZ). According to conflict observers, the skirmish between the two groups broke out after the latter stole all-terrain vehicles intended for the Sebha police force. The 116 then attacked the headquarters of Haftar’s forces in al-Qarada.

Sebha has become a powder keg in recent days. The situation there is being closely monitored because the emergence of a new conflict could shatter the ceasefire agreement that was signed in October 2020 by the two enemy camps in western and eastern Libya.

Not to mention the presidential election, which is already highly compromised and is unlikely to take place as scheduled on 24 December. Maintaining

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