Health of Libyan Army Commander, Khalifa Haftar, Still Remains Unclear

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On 14 April, attempts to negotiate peace between the Awlad Suliman, Tebu and Tuareg tribes, who have been clashing in and around the southern Libya city of Sebha since February of this year, have moved to Niger and are allegedly being facilitated by French diplomats after multiple attempts to reach a solution to the fighting have failed. The Awlad Suliman is an Arab tribe while the Tebu area traditionally nomadic non-Arab tribe, with members spread across southern Libya, Niger, and Chad. Both have a presence in Sebha, along with the Tuareg, an Amazigh (Berber) tribe.

The new negotiations follow a spate of drive-by shootings and kidnappings despite a supposed ceasefire being announced on the 10 April in Sebha by the Tebu Council of Elders – the Awlad Suliman Council has allegedly denied that these were agreed upon. Likewise, on 9 April, the Awlad Suliman’s 6th Brigade issued a statement declaring a unilateral ceasefire and giving its allegiance to the LNA.

THE ANTI-ISIS COALITION

On 10 April, unconfirmed reports began circulating that that Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, after losing consciousness in Benghazi, was rushed to Amman in Jordan then transferred to the Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris, France. He is said to have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. A torrent of contradictory reports on Haftar’s health quickly followed, ranging from LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari stating that Haftar is alive and well and due to return to Libya, to reports on 13 April that he had died. A tweet from UNSMIL on 13 April sought to allay rumors of his death, stating that UN Envoy Ghassan Salame had spoken to Haftar that day. The reality of the situation remains unclear at present.

On 11 April, the House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh accepted the invitation of the new head of the Tripoli-based High State Council, Khaled Mishri, to meet for reconciliation talks at some point in the following days. Saleh said he accepted the invitation in the interest of reaching a consensus that would amend the Libyan Political Agreement and conclude the current political crisis.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

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