Member of the National Defense and Security Committee of Libya’s House of Representatives (HoR) Tarik al-Jaroushi has called for treating Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiez al-Sarraj and his Interior Minister of Fathi Bashaga as “war criminals.”
In a Tuesday statement, he said that using foreign mercenaries to fight the Libyan National Army (LNA) inside the country is a “war crime,” referring to the Portuguese pilot, whose plane was shot down Tuesday by the LNA forces in al-Hira town.
Jaroushi added that there might be other huge number of mercenaries fighting alongside the GNA forces in Tripoli.
He called on Libyans to reject Sarraj’s government, especially that the LNA has shown evidence “proving” that they are involved with militia and mercenaries.
On Tuesday morning, the LNA downed a GNA military aircraft in Hira, according to the LNA’s Brigadier General Fawzi al-Mansuri.
Mansuri added that the aircraft’s pilot, who is Portuguese, was arrested. The LNA dropped the aircraft after it had targeted several sites of the LNA.
Both Sophia, the European naval mission led by Rome to fight illegal immigration, and the Portuguese government denied Wednesday that they know the alleged pilot.
On April 4, General Commander of the eastern LNA Khalifa Haftar ordered his army to “liberate” the western region, including the Libyan capital of Tripoli, from armed and terrorist groups, seizing regions in the western including al-Hira town, Qasr Bani Ghashi and Tripoli Airport.
A war has broken out between the LNA and the Tripoli-based GNA, killing 392 people, injuring nearly 2,000, and displacing 50,000.