Declaration of war: Egypt threatens to enter Libya conflict threatens regional confrontation with Turkey



The continuing conflict in Libya has led to a direct confrontation between Turkey and Egypt by regional forces controlling the homeland of pre-war leaders Muammar Gaddafi.


Over the weekend, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deployed troops in the coastal city of Tripoli in support of the East Libyan warlord Khalifa Hafar, preventing fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government's National Accord (GNA). Sarte has a major airbase and is located in the southern city of Jufrah.

In his speech to military officials, Sisi said, "Readiness is inevitable and necessary to fight the current instability and chaos in our region."

The Turkish-backed GNA called Mr. Sisi's threat a "declaration of war" and refused to stop his invasion. In a letter to the GNA Sunday, "We deny it, condemn it and treat it as an aggressive, malicious intervention and declaration of war."

At an emergency meeting on Tuesday, the Arab League is scheduled to discuss the uprising in Libya, while Tripoli is being deported.

The US embassy declared in a tweet, "We have committed to cease-fire from the parties and have resumed negotiations immediately, but diplomatic efforts seem to have failed."

Turkey and its allies are confident of winning and are in no mood for agreement. , And Mr. Hafer and his supporters abroad, insulted during the Battlefield weeks, are unwilling to make any concessions from weakness.

A Western diplomat involved in the affairs of Libya said "the Turks have a thing." “They had to set up detention.

Libya's civil war is deadly, disruptive, and dire. Millions were left homeless and hundreds died. Last week, a large number of dead tombs were found in the town of Tahrouna, and last month the GNA forces pushed the army loyal to Mr. Haftar.

"The citizens of Libya are suffering from discontent," Stephanie Williams, a United Nations spokesman for Libya, said at a presentation last week. "One million people now need some kind of human help."

Sirte, with a population of about 50,000, is important as the last major urban cluster before the major Libyan oil facilities and is controlled by the depots on the eastern Mediterranean coast of Libya and now obeys Mr. Hafer. It is home to a local population populated by Gaddafi supporters, allied with Mr. Haftar, and a fierce rivalry with the Islamist-government in Tripoli.

Until early this year, it was controlled by militia loyal to the GNA, and both Ankara and the Tripoli government said they would block their objections and open up to peace talks once and for all.

There are considerable air and land forces in Egypt that could raise Mr. Haftar on the battlefield and force Turkey and the GNA.

But the last city on the Egyptian border, Marsa Matruh, with its soldiers standing, was 15 hours from Sirte. Meanwhile, the Ottoman and allied GNA militias are less than three hours away from Sirte in Misurata, and Ankara has been filling Western Libya with military equipment and personnel for months.

"The desire to enter into physical competition with an Egyptian-backed Turkish-backed GNA alliance is not huge," said Jalal Harchoui, an expert in North Africa at the Klingondale Institute in the Netherlands. "Turkey and the GNA force are now ready to forcibly enter Sirte and Jufra on any given day."

Mr. Safar was disappointed in Mr. Hafar's failures, but he was under pressure from the UAE and Saudi Arabia's financial backers to hold the popular Islamic factions of the GNA and viewed Turkey as a strategic threat. Egypt sees events in Libya with serious events, and the worries of concern spread across its borders.

The Egyptian military analyst said, "I believe that the vocal language is serious and, although very symbolic, it leads to some kind of action or military expansion." "Egypt's intent is to force ceasefire negotiations by acting as an imbalance on Turkish and GNA strength."

The conflict in Libya has attracted various international powers and their local supporters. On the one hand, Mr. Haftar, the Eastern Commander and former CIA property, is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Russia, and France.

On the other hand, Tripoli has GNA, which has begun to receive the inherent blessings of Italy, Germany, and the UK along with Ankara.

In support of the UAE's air power and Russian and Sudan mercenaries, Mr. Haftar embarked on an unfortunate invasion to control Tripoli last year. Within weeks of Turkey's forced intervention, drones, anti-aircraft machines, military personnel, and Syrian mercenaries were sent to the GNA forces, their profits wiped out.

After initially supporting Mr. Halter, the White House, led by President Donald Trump, settled on apathy. On Monday, GNA Prime Minister Faiz Seraj and high-ranking Interior Minister Fatih Bashaga expressed concern over the deployment of Russian military fighter jets to US military forces in Africa, African Army and African military commanders in Zufara.

In an interview, Mohamed Ali Abdullah, GNA ambassador to the US, said, "I don't think the Trump administration has anything to do with the loser and the war criminal."

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