Libya’s Presidential Council declared a military alert Wednesday after forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar were deployed to western parts of the country, Anadolu reports.
In a statement, the chairman of the council, Fayez al-Sarraj, said instructions were issued and mobilization of all military and security forces was declared to thwart any attacks.
Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar have been ordered to move to western Libya to fight militants with Haftar officials stating that they are preparing a mission to “liberate the homeland from terrorism”, indicating the capital Tripoli was a desirable destination.
Officials are not saying if the force would move on Tripoli in western Libya, which is controlled by the internationally recognised government opposing a parallel administration in the east.
But sources said the Libyan National Army (LNA) was gathering forces for a possible mission “to liberate the homeland from terrorism.”
The Tripoli-based unity Government has issued a statement denouncing the orders of east-based self-styled army to advance on the western region and the capital, saying it is very saddened by such an escalation that deprives Libyans of their rights to security and peace.
It said it had ordered all forces to be mobilized and on high alert to thwart any attacks by terrorist, criminal, outlaw, or mercenary groups in any area across Libya.
There is no military solution to the crisis, al-Sarraj said, adding the war does not bring anything to the country other than destruction and annoyance to the people.