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Is Libya Waiting To Become Another Humanitarian Catastrophe?

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Civilian population in Libya is not happy about how their life is further being intruded with Turkish presence. A country torn by civil strife is taking the shape of another Syrian disaster in the making.

Civilian population in Libya is not happy about how their life is further being intruded with Turkish presence. A country torn by civil strife is taking the shape of another Syrian disaster in the making.

The UN-recognized government in Tripoli is under the leader of Fayez Al Sarraj. He has been facing a tough time keeping Haftar at bay and also maintain some kind of a functioning government.  It seemed to have moved towards Turkey for support as it is gradually got its back to the wall.  So, Sarraj has happily conceded allegiance with Turkey, a move that can be seen as intensifying the ‘internationalization’ of what started as a civil war in Libya.

Libya has not been able to keep the foreign intervention out. While no other country had made claims to its rich bounty of fossil fuels, Turkey has been the smart one to take a huge leap into this arena, and also pave a way for itself to the lucrative Mediterranean Sea route which gives it easy access into Greece and Cyprus.

Led by Khalifa Haftar, the East of Libya has received support in the form of military know-how from UAE and Russia together. It has already criticized the bold entry of Turkey.

Haftar has massive backing from Egypt and direct military assistance on the ground from “semi-official” Russian military contractors along with Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries.  Even then the US has supported Haftar only in the sense of eliminating jihadist movement between Tripoli and Haftar forces. It has continued to be a bystander.

Russia on its part has denied direct support into the civil war something that the US has directly pointed out several times. But Haftar is hell-bent to take a movement of reform forward. His ego is at stake on one side, and Sarraj’s prestige as an elected representative is on the other side.  Turkey, on its part, has found the right time to strike. It says right now, it will play the role of a mere mediator for peace in Libya. But with the way its military is already establishing training and contact centers, in no time, will they be ready to fight off Haftar directly.

Libya could be another Syria in the making, and there is no stopping this unless Turkey was made to withdraw and not make Libya another battleground and humanitarian catastrophe.

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