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Haftar’s militants shut major health centre in Libya’s Derna

December 31, 2018 at 2:03 am

Libya Chief of Staff, Marshall Khalifa Haftar in Paris, France on 29 May 2018 [Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images]

Al-Karama militias, affiliated to the UAE-backed General Khalifa Haftar, yesterday shut down the Omar Al-Mukhtar health centre located in the coastal area Libyan eastern city of Derna.

Local sources told Al-Nabaa that the militias transferred all the centre’s equipment to the country’s Martuba town as they plan to prepare the centre as a “temporary operations room” for the group.

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The sources added that the 106 militia evacuated the town’s African Club, including its events’ hall, a few days ago, in an attempt to allocate it as an accommodation facility for the group’s fighters.

Clashes in Derna has been taking place, despite the recent announcement by Al-Karama to implement what it called “the complete liberation of Derna.”

Haftar and his Libyan National Army stand in opposition to the government in Libya’s western city of Tripoli, the Government of National Accord, which is officially recognised and backed by the United Nations.