Muslim Brotherhood’s Esam Omeish: Operation Peace Storm Will Eradicate the Real Virus – Al Marsad

Esam Omeish, a leading Libyan Muslim Brotherhood based in the US, said that Operation Peace Storm launched by Fayez Al-Sarraj against the Libyan National Army is a true reflection of the will of the people. He said the Government of National Accord (GNA) responds to the demands of the people to stop the “crimes” and put an end to the issues that pose a threat to the Libyan people, as he put it.

[Libya, 28 March 2020] – During a special coverage on Libya Al-Ahrar, an Islamist channel that broadcasts from Turkey, Omeish claimed that the international community respects such moves, and which he claims will succeed. “Recently, when Sarraj agreed to the truce due to the serious pandemic, some people thought it was due to weakness, but it was an adherence to the principle of peace,” Omeish stated.

He said: “The criminal is the epidemic that does not want peace for Libya; this has exceeded all limits. Therefore, the actions of the GNA and the lions defending Tripoli to liberate it are legitimate and the world should respect and support them. Recent reports indicate that Libya is on the verge of a real catastrophe if the war continues and matters get worse under the pandemic. Therefore, we need to take strong and swift action to end the war, liberate Tripoli and its environs, and push the brute and invading forces as far as possible,” argued Omeish.

He pointed out that the international community will always repeat the same calls because it looks for a truce and the understanding of all stakeholders to a specific reconciliation. However, failing that, the world should respect the GNA stance, as it were.

“The international community is in a state of panic due to the serious prospects of the pandemic. It would not allow further tolerance in light of the imminent danger. The international community has become impatient to end the war not only for the benefit of Libyans, but for the sake of the region as a whole.”

Esam Omeish, who is a prominent Libyan figure in the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, indicated that dealing with the “war criminal who does not know about such matters”, referring to the Commander in Chief of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has become imperative. “He has exceeded all limits and the international community can no longer turn a blind eye to his actions. In the midst of this pandemic, Haftar does not care about the people’s interests though he always claims his aggressions are for them and he defends their cause.”

Omeish pointed out that the eastern part of Libya faces a greater risk due to its proximity to Egypt whose corrupt system cannot contain any crisis, pointing out that the international community has exhausted its ability to pressure Haftar and “his criminal partners” and even paying endlessly for his mischievous and reckless actions.

He also expressed his wish for taking the right action to reduce the pandemic and form a real civilized stance that testifies to the stature of Libya and the awareness of Libyans of the danger so that “we can protect the vulnerable groups in the Libyan society, migrants, and refugees,” added Omeish.

“Despite the reverberations of the global pandemic, Haftar is still intransigent and does not realize the scale of the misfortune that can afflict everyone. In light of the international impatience, the international community will welcome Operation Peace Storm as a step towards stability in Libya,” added Omeish.

Omeish believed that Operation Peace Storm would defeat the offensive forces and push them away so that the GNA can find solutions to the health situation throughout Libya, claiming: “We look with interest to the western and eastern regions of Libya. This situation may be a wake-up for our people there to get rid of the criminal. The long-term war needs a strategy capable of assessing all matters. We want an attack that helps stop the war, end the enemy’s shelling of Tripoli and pressuring its institutions, and start implementing all the precautions we need to face the pandemic.”

At the end of his intervention, he stressed the need to work with the international stakeholders to eliminate the health pandemic. “This would be the departure point to attain credibility and help the country mobilize the remaining international actors against the ‘criminal Haftar’.” concluded Omeish.

Esam Omeish is one of the key voices of Libyan Islamism in the US  supporting the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), who since signing maritime demarcation and security MOUs with the Turkey, has transferred over 5,000 pro-Turkey Syrian militants to Tripoli and Misrat to support its militias. Many of the Syrian fighters have links with ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Al-Nusra Front—all designated by the UN and the international community as terrorist organisations.

© Al Marsad English (2020)