Libyan PM-elect reviews reopening coastal road between Sirte and Misrata

The Prime Minister-elect, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, discussed in Abu Grein – outside Sirte – with a number of military commanders the reopening of the coastal road.

The spokesman for the Sirte-Jufra Operations Room, Abdelhadi Drah, told Libya Alahrar TV that Dbeibah and the field commanders had reviewed the latest military and political developments in Libya, especially the efforts to reopen the coastal road linking Sirte to Misrata as well as the efforts to remove mines from the area.

The commander of the Sirte-Jufra Operations Room, Ibrahim Baytelmal, said Saturday that the coastal road reopening could take place on Sunday – today – reiterating that consultations with senior commanders on military axes regarding the mechanisms for the reopening were ongoing.

Baytelmal told Libya Alahrar TV that military engineers and demining teams would be working tirelessly on Saturday ahead of convening the House of Representatives’ full-quorum session in Sirte on Monday, when the MPs would carry out a vote of confidence for the Government of National Unity.

“The reopening of the coastal road needs a lot of preparations and measures, including security procedures that need to be in place before it happens.” He added.

Baytelmal reiterated that there are fears that the mercenaries present in the Sirte-Jufra region would carry out a military attack these days, a move similar to what they did to fail Ghdadames conference in 2019.

Meanwhile, the member of the demining committee of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, Mohammed Al-Turjaman, said the teams had finished the first phase of clearing mines and explosive remnants of war from Buerat Hassoun to Abu Grein.

Al-Turjaman said they had removed five tons of mines and explosive remnants of war in two stages and now they are working on removing sand barriers beyond Buerat Hassoun to Housh Al-Sitteen – the touch line between forces under the Government of National Accord and Khalifa Haftar’s militias, adding that from there onward, Haftar’s militias are responsible for the operations.


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