By Adam Ali.
Benghazi, 25 Octobber 2014:
The Libyan National Army (LNA) has called on tribes and tribal elders to handover those they . . .[restrict]know to be extremists or face the consequences if they do not.
The message was delivered by Mohammed Al-Hejazi, the spokesman of Operation Dignity, which has been fighting under the auspices of the LNA.
“You must deliver your children who have participated in terrorist operations agains Libyans and conducted murders and assassinations,” he said yesterday. Hejazi explained that tribal leaders could then expect justice for their members. He added that if they did not respond then the elders themselves could be held accountable.
“A special unit has been formed to enter the houses and bunkers using intelligence provided to us” he said, adding that there was nowhere to hide.
Hejazi said those who sought to flee the country would be picked up by authorities in neighbouring nations and handed over. “The world will help us arrest them and with modern techniques we will locate them,” he said.
The orders, which the spokesman said came directly from the army, were the “last call” offered to tribal leaders. He said faith and loyalty demanded extremists be handed over.
However, he said in the future that the armed forces would not take responsibility for any damage that might be caused as raids were carried out on “neighbourhoods and homes of terrorists and their supporters”. [/restrict]