Libya’s GNU puts off Benghazi visit over Haftar militias’ interference

The Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU) has postponed its visit to Benghazi over the interference of pro-Haftar militias who prevented the GNU delegation from entering the city after encircling Benina Airport with armed military vehicles.

The spokesman for the GNU, Mohammed Hamouda said convening the third normal meeting of the cabinet in Benghazi will be delayed to a further notice, failing to mention the reason behind the delay.

An advance delegation of protocol and security personnle from the GNU arrived late on Monday at Benina Airport in Benghazi but was prevented from eneting the city by pro-Haftar militias.

The delegation later returned to Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport, where a second delegation of the GNU, which contained all of the ministers, was awaiting at the airport for a permission to fly to Benghazi, yet the permission wasn’t given and the flight was cancelled.

It’s worth mentioning that since the announcement of GNU’s intention to convene in Benghazi, several pro-Haftar militiamen appeared on social media and threatened the Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah and his cabinet not to enter Benghazi or they could be subject to uncomfortable turn of events.


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