Local sources from the city of Kufra (southeast of Libya) reported the arrival of mercenaries from Sudan and Chad to the south of the city of Ijdabiya (east of Libya), and the sources said to the island that these mercenaries will be sent by the leadership of the retired Major General Khalifa Hifter to the city of Sirte and its western hubs, amid the insistence of the reconciliation government on " The liberation of "Sirte and al-Jafra from Haftar's forces, especially in the presence of foreign mercenaries.
In the meantime, the battalion of 128 infantry affiliated to Haftar forces posted on its Facebook page the departure of military companies from the city of Benghazi in eastern Libya to the central region, where the forces of Haftar are stationed in the Libyan city of Sirte.
The pictures showed the launch of military vehicles belonging to the battalion carrying medium weapons, to reinforce Haftar forces stationed in the city of Sirte, central Libya.
The majority of the members of this battalion belong to the Suleiman Awlad tribe of Hassan al-Zadma, and the battalion participated in the Haftar forces attack on the capital, Tripoli and the city of Sirte.
Confronting the militias
For his part, the spokesman for the forces of the Libyan National Accord Government, Muhammad Qanunu, refused to talk about a ceasefire, in light of what he described as the occupation of foreign mercenaries in the city of Sirte and the base of Jafra.
Kanounou said that the liberation of Sirte and Al-Jafra "has become more urgent than ever" after hundreds of mercenaries from the Russian Wagner Company and other nationalities were deployed in them.
Kanounou accused Arab and foreign countries of supporting mercenaries and contributing to bringing them and facilitating their entry and providing protection for them, which makes their whereabouts red lines.
For her part, Acting Special Representative of the United Nations, Stephanie Williams, expressed her dismay at reports that groups of mercenaries entered the Sharara oil field and other oil installations.
Williams said - during her meeting with the President of the Presidential Council of the Government of Conciliation Fayez al-Sarraj - that this threatens to turn the oil crescent area into a conflict zone.
The two parties also discussed the efforts of the UN mission in the military, security and economic tracks, the resumption of the political track, and the mines laid by Haftar forces in civilian homes south of Tripoli. She called on Williams to speed up the achievement of a permanent ceasefire.
Meanwhile, military and local sources in the island's Jafra area have revealed the whereabouts of Russian Wagner company forces and other Arab and foreign mercenaries in central and southern Libya.
According to the sources, it was the first official Russian military visit to the Al-Jafra area on February 5, 2018, represented by an official delegation of army officers, who was received by Brigadier General Mohamed Al-Senussi Nasr, the commander of the Central Military Region of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter during that period, as the delegation toured the Al-Jafra base, which is The largest air bases in the country.
The sources indicate that the number of mercenaries from the Russian Wagner in the Jufra region now ranges between 3 thousand and 3.5 thousand, and most of them were fighting in the fighting axes south of Tripoli, before they withdrew to the Jufra base.
The Russians are now deployed in the form of armed groups equipped with weapons and equipment on the farms and neighborhoods of civilians in the cities of Al-Jafra, accompanied by Russian air defense systems, the type of Pansier, estimated at 15 systems distributed in several regions, and the presence of militants is concentrated in the cities of Hun and Soknah in the region of Al-Jafra.
Also in the city of Wadran, which is part of Al-Jafra, there is an operating room for Wagner mercenaries, specifically near the Baraem camp, where there are jamming devices, antennas, and a Panzair air defense system.
Wagner gunmen are also present at the Tamnant Air Force Base in southern Libya, the Wau Air Force Base near the far south, as well as the Sharara oil field in the southwest.
and the Russians Almost 70 Emirati military personnel, including officers, were deployed in Al-Jafra, which they arrived on regular flights from Abu Dhabi and Al-Qaeda directly, before they all left after the Al-Wefaq government strikes in July last year and the killing of 6 Emiratis.
Information indicates that the number of armed mercenaries from the Sudanese and Chadian factions in the Al-Jufra region ranges between 5 thousand and 6 thousand armed personnel deployed in several locations within the Al-Jafra base and its surrounding areas.
There are also Syrian mercenaries in the Al-Jufra region who came with the Russian mercenaries, and a number of them are stationed at the entrances to Al-Jafra at the road linking them with Abu Qurain and Sirte.