Arab news entities are heavily covering the air attack on a migrant camp in Tripoli. The migrants in this camp were mostly black Africans who had made their way across the Sahara desert, and survived, and were waiting in the camp until they could find passage to Europe.
But after surviving the Sahara desert, death came out of the sky. Over 50 were killed, dozens more were seriously injured.
General Haftar’s spokesperson Gen. al-Mismari announced that their Libyan army had targeted a “terrorist” facility in the vicinity of the migrant camp, and blamed the Tripoli government of Fayez Sirraaj for having intentionally placed the migrant camp next to a legitimate military target–against the migrant’s protests. He then accused the Tripoli government of using the migrants as “human shields.” He also demanded an impartial international investigation into the incident.
Al-jazeera and the Sirraaj government quickly picked up on the story portraying it as a deliberate war crime on the part of General Haftar’s “terrorist” group.
STORY GETS SCRAMBLED BY FACTS
But then, eyewitness reports from survivors began to pour in and the UN actually began to do something useful. The Libyan army of General Haftar and Gen. al-Mismari also began to double check the time of their air attack and the time of the destruction of the migrant camp.
It so turned out that the air raid sponsored by General Haftar’s group was concluded and withdrawn from the area 17 minutes prior to the time that the migrant camp was hit.
Eyewitnesses accounts began to pour in speaking of a “second air attack.”
What actually happened was that the first attack, sponsored by and claimed by General Haftar’s group, actually hit not the migrant camp, but the terrorist militia “motor pool” nearby where the group had been storing weapons.
The second air attack was by a MIG-23 flying out of the city of Masratta, which is controlled by ISIS and allied to Sirraaj’s “internationally recognized” Tripoli government. It was this aircraft that intentionally struck the migrant camp so that the attack could be blamed on the 17-minute earlier attack by forces allied to Gen. Haftar.
MURDER FOR THE MEDIA
Now, here is where things get interesting. When the migrant camp was hit by a missile fired from the MIG-23, survivors tried to flee the camp–only to be gunned down intentionally by the “Libyan National Guard” under the command of the Tripoli government. This, of course, was to increase the body count for propaganda reasons.
Al-jazeera’s rival, the Saudi-owned al-arabiyya, reported that camp survivors and UN human rights workers have reported that they had begged the Sirraaj government to not put the camp next to a military target, but their pleas were ignored. Furthermore, according to al-arabiyya, the terrorist militias in the area had been using these migrants as “drivers” and as “labor.”
I take that to mean that they had been used as slaves by the militias until they were of greater use as corpses for propaganda purposes knowing which way al-jazeera would play the issue, and knowing that most of western media follows the lead of al-jazeera on all Middle East issues.
So, what it looks like, is that the Tripoli government placed the migrants’ camp in one of the most dangerous areas they could come up with precisely because they wanted to use these “expendable human beings” for propaganda purposes should the opportunity arise. The attack by the Masratta-based MIG-23 and the calling up of the Libyan national guard and posting them where they could fire on migrants fleeing the camp had to have been coordinated. And, that is the biggest war crime of them all.
It will be interesting to see, that if in the wake of this tragedy the UN has the guts to pull their recognition of the Tripoli government and/or whether or not any of the big powers besides France and Russia will shift their support from the Sirraaj government to the Haftar group.
A couple more of interesting tidbits have come in regarding this tragedy. First of all, Russian President Putin while lamenting the tragedy said that terrorists were being transported from Syria’s Idlib province and infiltrated into Libya, though he did not reveal who was transporting these terrorists. This would seem, though, to be lending support an earlier claim by Gen. Haftar’s group that Turkey is hiring terrorists from all over the world, training them, and then inserting them into Libya to fight on behalf of the Tripoli government.
The Idlib province is key here. Who controls Idlib? Al-Qaeda took over the province a couple of years ago. Then when the Turkish army moved in a few months ago they were received warmly by al-Qaeda. So, it would make sense that Turkey is the one funneling these terrorist into Libya as Gen. al-Mismari said.
Another interesting thing to further scramble the picture. The aircraft that launched the first attack (the one against the legitimate terrorist target) was an F-16. General Haftar’s group does not own any F-16s. This indicates that a “foreign entity” of some sort actually carried out the attack on behalf of General Haftar.
Egypt and the UAE have both been known to provide air support for General Haftar, and both own F-16s.
So, what we have here is a number of outside powers fighting a proxy war on Libyan soil, much like we saw in Syria. In this case France has joined Egypt and the UAE in aiding Gen. Haftar’s group, while Turkey, Qatar, and to a lesser extent, Iran, are aiding the Tripoli government.
The incident against the camp of African migrants also dramatically show where black Africans stand with the “religion of peace.”
We can only hope that these latest disclosures of the Tripoli government’s complicity in the massacre of the migrant camp will shift international support and recognition away from Tripoli and that a concerted effort will be made to clean out the al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terror groups operating in Libya.