The head of Libya's High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, called on the Presidential Council to “withdraw the authority over drones and their usage from the head of the Government of National Unity, Abdulhamid Dabaiba,” saying that Dabaiba “exploits drones to terrorize his political opponents,” in his first comments on the clashes and airstrikes that have taken place in Zawiya since Thursday
Al-Mishri confirmed in a statement that "drone administration has nothing to do with Turkey and that it is run directly by Dabaiba," and said, "we reject any accusation from any party that affects the neutrality of the Turkish ally."
The head of the High Council of State also expressed his rejection of "employing drones to settle political scores under the pretext of combating crime."
Military Operation in the Western Region
Libya's interim Government of National Unity announced the implementation of air strikes against the "hideouts of fuel smuggling, drug trafficking and human trafficking gangs" in the western region on Thursday.
The government stressed that they were successful strikes that achieved their desired goals according to a statement published by government spokesman Mohamed Hammouda.
“The Ministry of Defense, while carrying out its national mission with direct follow-up from the Prime Minister, confirms the implementation of the instructions and the military plan set in order to purify the areas of the western coast and the rest of Libya from the dens of crime and gang actions, and that it will never delay in carrying out its national duty.”
The Ministry of Defense called on all citizens to cooperate fully with military forces and the General Staff in its operations, which it warned: "will not stop until all its goals are achieved."
While the Ministry of Defense did not specify in its statement the sites targeted, local sources and activists reported on social media that the bombing targeted several sites in the city of Zawiya and its vicinity.