Over 1,000 Tribal Leaders Declare Mobilization Against Turkish Invasion of Libya – Al Marsad

[Libya 4 January 2020] – More than a thousand tribal leaders from all regions of Libya met today, Saturday, in Benghazi to respond to the approval of the Turkish parliament of a motion to deploy troops in Libya.

The leaders of Libyan tribes, during their meeting, declared Jihad against the Turkish invasion, stressing that they will send their sons as volunteers in the frontlines to fight the Turkish invaders. The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced general mobilization of men and women to defeat the Turkish invasion of Libyan territory.

Part of the meeting of the tribal leaders of Libya in Benghazi today.

Massive nationwide demonstrations took place in Libya over the last two days since the parliamentary bill to send Turkish troops to Libya was approved by the Turkish parliament yesterday afternoon with 325 deputies voting in favour, while 184 opposed it.

Following the announcement of the results, the Tripoli-based GNA leaders and its supporters were quick to praise Turkey for its decision, however the rest of the country immediately condemned it. Statements were issued last night and today against Turkey by leaders from the Libyan Parliament, the Interim Government, the Libyan National Army, tribal leaders and political figures in Benghazi, Tobruk, Bayda, Derna, Bani Walid, Zintan, Sorman, Ghat, Ajdabiya, Shahat, Sabratah, Alquba, Kufra, Jmail, Ajaylat, Tazerbu and many others.

The fiercest reactions to the Turkish decision to deploy troops on Libyan soil, came from Libyan tribes. The tribes historically form the social fabric of Libya and the history of Ottoman aggression in Libya is still fresh in the collective tribal memory. Leading tribes from across the country held massive nationwide demonstrations across the country. The anger and pan-Libyan mobilisation by the tribes has translated itself into a major surge of support for the Libyan National Army (LNA). Both the tribes and and local organisations issued strong statements on the Turkish moves.

© Al Marsad English (2020)

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