When you read the news about the Al-Wefaq government’s control of the Al-Jafra airbase, you can understand the Emirati Foreign Ministry’s welcome to an initiative announced by the Egyptian President calling for a ceasefire and a search for a political solution in Libya.
In the middle of the desert and in the middle between Benghazi and Tripoli, the Al-Jafra air base, which is described as being of great strategic importance, is located because those who control it can use the air force east and west of the country.
Of this importance, the UAE's interest in Al-Jafra came from that it loaded it with weapons, mercenaries and drones, and from within it the retired brigade operations room of Khalifa Hifter set up coordinating air strikes on the Libyan West.
According to an international report published earlier, Sudanese Rapid Support Forces were stationed at the base, according to a contract signed by its leader, Mohamed Hamdan Hamidati, with a Canadian company.
The base was a gathering of mercenaries from Russia and Chad, and it also became a hub for ammunition and ammunition.
According to the Second Line of Defense website, the UAE transferred to the Al-Jafra base the Russian air defense system, Banister, on June 18.
It has struck the west and strangled the south.
Since Haftar began its sweeping attack on Tripoli 14 months ago, the Al-Jufra base has been carrying out many missions, harboring mercenary fighters from abroad, and Emirati planes are emerging from it to strike Tripoli, Gharyan and other areas.
In addition to dedicating a platform to attack the West, the Al-Jufra base took over the south and strangled it from the regions of Libya, as its planes bombed convoys of food and medical supplies and prevented people from moving between cities.
In a previous interview with Al-Jazeera, Libyan analyst Issam Al-Zubair said that most of the Emirati forces are located in the control and control rooms, "and its role is limited to running drones and some strategic plans, and providing logistical support to Haftar's forces that lack the capabilities and expertise."
This importance and seriousness made Al-Jafra base a central target of Al-Wefaq government forces. It attacked it more than once and the Emiratis suffered heavy losses in lives and equipment.
Last year, Al-Wefaq forces bombed the Al-Jafra base, which resulted in the destruction of a hangar of Emirati drones, a cargo plane and air defense systems, and the killing of Emirati soldiers, according to official statements of the Al-Wefaq forces.
According to Al-Zubair, the UAE was previously trying to keep a secret message from sending military personnel, claiming that a number of its officers were killed in a collision, "but the news of their death in the bombing of the Al-Jafra base revealed the truth of the UAE's military presence in Libya."
Accelerated attacks and developments
Earlier, Al-Wefaq spokesman Muhammad Qanunu said that the Al-Jufra base cuts off food and drug supplies to all cities of the south, "and it is an announced goal for us, and liberating it ends the suffering our people live in the capital, and opens the road towards the south of Libya."
Al-Wefaq intensified its attacks on al-Qaeda had prompted Haftar's allies to provide more weapons and mercenaries. On May 21 last, six MiGs and two Sukhoi aircraft landed from Hmeimim, Syria.
But Haftar's forces have relapsed rapidly over the past four days. They lost Tripoli International Airport after a fierce battle and did not stand up to hours in the city of Tarhuna.
And faster, Haftar's forces lost Bani Walid and headed east to Sirte, for the Al-Wefaq forces to pursue with aerial and artillery shelling announcing the destruction of Emirati vehicles.
On the outskirts of the city of Sirte, Al-Wefaq forces announced yesterday that there are no red lines and that they are on their way to restore the state and that the Libyan desert will be a graveyard for mercenaries and rebels.
The hour of decisiveness and changing the tone
was in the morning. At afternoon time, Al-Wefaq forces entered the borders of the city of Sirte from three axes and continued to advance eastward, and announced that they had forced Haftar to withdraw from the Al-Jafra base in the middle of the country.
While Al-Wefaq forces were pushing in the desert towards Sirte and Al-Jafra, the retired brigade was exhausted at the side of the Egyptian President at the Federal Palace in Cairo, where they issued a cease-fire initiative.
It wasn't long before the UAE issued a statement welcoming the political initiative announced by the Egyptian President to end the conflict in Libya.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed its support for "the benevolent Egyptian efforts calling for an immediate cease-fire in sister Libya and a return to the political track."
It appears that the statement wrote about supplying the setback. The Libyan revolutionaries amputated the hand that was pressing the trigger at the Al-Jafra air base, and it became appropriate for Haftar's allies to call for calm and a ceasefire.