Al-Sarraj forces prepare for the "big attack" in Tripoli and Hafter orders his forces to protect the oil crescent

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Troops prepare for the big attack in Tripoli and Hafter orders his forces to protect the oil crescent

The UN Security Council on Monday approved a one-year extension of the European Union's Sofia monitoring arms embargo on Libya in response to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's demand for new measures to curb growing violations. This comes amid the intensification of fighting in Tripoli, where the forces of Al-Sarraj retreated and received new reinforcements in preparation for a major attack, while the cost of Haftar Thunder forces to secure the Crescent oil.

In a short session, the 15 members of the Council issued resolution 2473, extending the authorizations contained in resolution 2420 on the strict implementation of the arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya for another 12 months, under reports prepared by the 1970 Sanctions Committee and other relevant international resolutions Related to the flow of arms into Libya, particularly in the last two months.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations strongly urged all countries to apply the arms embargo imposed by the international organization on Libya, saying that «the illegal arms transfers fuel the fighting» in this oil-rich country. Guterich made the appeal before the UN Security Council unanimously approved its new resolution, which allows the European operation to inspect ships on the high seas if they are bound for or coming from Libya.

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"The immediate implementation of all arms embargoes is essential to alleviate the current situation in Libya," Guterres said. Concern was expressed that these activities might lead to a missed opportunity for a comprehensive dialogue and the search for a political solution to Libya. Under the current situation, it was important that such measures, together with the authorization to inspect ships in the high seas off the coast of Libya, be strictly enforced.

The European operation began in 2015 to combat smuggling networks. France considers that the Sofia operation, which has previously suspended the deployment of ships at sea, "remains a prominent role for the stability of Libya." "The repressive nature of the process limits the violations of the arms embargo and reduces its continued flow across the sea," said French Permanent Representative to the UN Ann Goughen. Her German counterpart J├╝rgen Schultz said sending arms to Libya was the main obstacle to reviving the country's political process.

South Africa and Belgium, the non-permanent members of the Council, also expressed their regret at the continued arrival of arms to Libya "across the sea and the land."
"The full implementation of the embargo measures, which are of great importance for the protection of civilians and the restoration of security and stability in Libya and the region," said South African Ambassador Jerry Matjila. "The deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Tripoli is fueled by the continued supply of weapons," he said.
In its resolution, the United Kingdom said that the Security Council requested the Secretary-General to report on its implementation within 11 months.
The meeting of the Security Council came at a time announced by the National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Hafer, that the militias of the National Reconciliation Government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj retreat in the battles fought by the parties on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli.

Major General Fawzi al-Mansouri, commander of the Ain-Zara National Army south of Tripoli, told media sources that the armed militias loyal to al-Sarraj government are retreating on all fronts of the fighting and setting up screens in a "desperate attempt" to counter attacks by the national army trying to penetrate the fortified defenses around the Libyan capital.

Military sources spoke of the arrival of more reinforcements to the forces loyal to the Sarraj government in preparation for, apparently, to launch a major attack against the forces of the National Army. The fighting has been relatively quiet for two days, compared with the violent clashes between the army and the armed militias since the launch of the military operation of the Field Marshal Hafer in the name of the "open conquest" to liberate Tripoli on April 4 last.

In the meantime, Al-Mushir Hafer decided to entrust the special forces (Al-Saqa), affiliated with him, to secure the Crescent oil region, which contains the most important ports of oil export in Libya in anticipation of a forthcoming attack. Major General Nais Boukhamada, commander of the Special Forces, told local media that his forces had been assigned to cooperate with other units of the army to concentrate in this vital area to counter any possible attack on oil fields from terrorist organizations, armed militias and illegal groups.

He said that security patrols will be conducted between the city of Ajdabiya and the entrance to the eastern Sirte, in addition to conducting patrols in the desert on an ongoing basis.
German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas said yesterday that the German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas had held consultations in the UAE on the situation in Libya. He called for a "ceasefire, a return to political dialogue and respect for the arms embargo" . The situation required flexibility from all sides.

Lars Tomers, the Dutch ambassador to Libya, said what he called the military attack on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation were "a threat to international peace and security and Libya's stability." "Paradoxically, violent extremism and terrorism are growing now," he said in a tweet on Twitter. "There is no military solution possible," he said. "The only solution is to hold political talks."

Yesterday, a European delegation presented by the Supreme Council of the State of Tripoli as a high-level European committee of political, economic and military experts and correspondents of European channels and media concluded a two-day visit to the Libyan capital.

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