Jamal Zoubia Calls for Destruction of LNA’s Al-Watiya Air Base – Al Marsad

Jamal Zoubia, former Head of the Libya Media Coordination Office of the defunct Islamist National Salvation Government (NSG), called for the complete destruction of Al-Watiya Air Force Base of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Western Libya, in retaliation for the intensive and successful airstrikes that were launched by the LNA Air Force which targeted forces aligned with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) throughout Saturday.

[Libya, 22 September 2019] – In a post on his Facebook page, Jamal Zoubia said that “the Al-Watiya Air Force Base includes a number of fighter planes and helicopters and is also used by foreign planes that carry logistics to Haftar’s ragtags,” as he put it.

He added that Al-Watiya Air Force Base is surrounded by a number of cities that have real free men, as he put it. “These free men are waiting for the signal and reinforcements to attack and entirely raze off the airbase. We do not give a damn about (LNA General Mukhtar) Fernana or (LNA General Ali Mohamed) Ithaish. General Osama al-Juwaili (the pro-GNA Western Military Zone Commander) can do that.”

Concluding his Facebook post, the former NSG Libya Media Coordination Office called upon General Osama al-Juwaili, the GNA-aligned Western Military Zone Commander, to prioritize the issue and immediately deal with Al-Watiya Air Force Base.

Following the failure of the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla’s attempt to restrict fuel supplies to the area, the Samoud Battalion, led by Salah Badi, the internationally-sanctioned commander of the battalion, also called on the pro-GNA Western Military Zone Commander, Osama al-Juwaili to “quickly assume his responsibilities towards the Al-Watiya Air Force Base.” In a post on his official Facebook page, the spokesperson of the Al-Somoud Battalion, Ihmaida al-Jirrow, called for putting an end to the airstrikes that are launched from the Al-Watiya Air Force, west of Libya, and the need to exert control over it.

Ihmaida al-Jirrow with Salah Badi

“Mr. Osama al-Juwaili should assume his responsibilities towards the airbase because it is an evil that must be eradicated and it is killing our sons,” the spokesperson of the Al-Somoud Battalion, Ihmaida al-Jirrow, said. Through his Facebook post, the spokesperson of the Al-Somoud Battalion shows a renewed desire of Salah Badi and his gunmen to achieve their “faltering ambition” to control Al-Watiya Air Force Base since the Libya Dawn Operation in 2014.

© Al Marsad English (2019)