Libyan Cities Increasingly Isolated

The government of Omar al-Hasi was formed after militias affiliated with Libya Dawn forced the internationally recognized government out of Tripoli. The UN, European Union, Arab League and the African Union consider the government of Thinni — formed by the elected parliament of Tobruk — the only legitimate executive authority in Libya.

Officials in the Bayda government work in the offices of some ministers and governmental sectors. Thinni's government has control over fewer cities and districts than the government of Tripoli, whose influence includes the west of Libya except for Zintan and Rajaban, in addition to central Libya and the sprawling deserts of the south such as Sabha.

Thinni reiterates, however, that supporting forces are located in al-Aziziyah, adjacent to Tripoli, and that the government has control over the military base of Watba and the strategic area of Bir al-Ghanam. He also affirms that regaining control over the capital is possible if the UN Security Council lifts the ban on selling arms to Libya.

On several occasions, Thinni has called on the international community to provide his forces with arms and ammunition to prevent Libya from entering a full-fledged civil war, and to fight terrorism and the threat of extremist Islamist groups who want to move the battlefront to the area off the Mediterranean basin.

Thinni's advisers accuse the West of working to enable the Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam in Libya. One of his senior advisers told Al-Hayat: "They monitor the supplies of arms and ammunition from Turkey and Qatar to the Libya Dawn forces, allied with al-Qaeda and IS, while they threaten to use the veto power against a decision that will allow us to defend ourselves, our families and our dignity."

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