GNA’s Khaled Sharif Mourns the Death of the Terrorist Qais Al-Abah – Al Marsad

The military commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which is aligned with the Tripoli-based GNA, Khalid Al-Sharif mourns the death of Qais Abdulkarim al-Abah, one of the commanders of the Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room, who died as a result of intra-militia rivalry.

[Libya, 18 September 2019] – Khalid Al-Sharif (also known as Aby Hazem), the military commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which is aligned to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), shared a eulogy on Facebook mourning Al-Abah’s death and listing what he called his virtues. Khaled al-Sharif said: “He was a noble and free man who has stood for what is right and was among the first men to rise against Gaddafi in the first days of the revolution. He has defended this revolution until he was assassinated today between Al Harsha and Al Mutrad. May God have mercy on your brave soul and take you in His heavens.”

Qais Abdulkarim al-Abah

Khalid al-Sharif was not the only Islamist ideologue to mourn the terrorist Al-Abah. Another key leader of the LIFG, Sami al-Saadi, currently residing in Turkey also mourned the death of Qais al-Abah, and he too was full of praise for the extremist.

Qais Abdulkarim al-Abah, born in 1987 in Zawiya was known for his extremist ideas. He was killed Tuesday evening by an unidentified armed group, putting an end to a life ripe with extremism, terrorism, crime and collaboration with the remnants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

His father, Abdelkarim Salem Al-Abah, is the mayor of the Western Zawiya (Al Harsha), and is considered one of the leading figures of the Fajr Libya militia led by the fundamentalist Shaaban Hadiya, also known as Abu Obaida. Some internet pages aligned with Abu Obaida confirmed Qais Abdulkarim al-Abah’s death amid reports of disagreement between the two in the last few months.

He was the leader of the armed factions in Al Zawiya, Ain Zara and the road to Tripoli Airport, which are all part of the GNA western military zone. He was also harbouring some fugitives from Sabratha including the trafficking network formerly led by Ahmad Dabbashi, also known as Al Ammu.

Qais Abdulkarim al-Abah

Al-Abah’s faction controls the electricity company in Al Harsha. He was also one of the most prominent traffickers of petrol and oil from the Zawiya Refinery together with his partner Mohammad al-Kassab, who controls the refinery.

The group that opened fire on Al-Abah and took his life in “Al Hadhara roundabout” in Al Zawiya is yet to be identified. However, he has been in several conflicts over territory and control of the refinery with other traffickers since last August.

© Al Marsad English (2019).