The Libyan National Army (LNA) under Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has set about clearing the city of Derna, a port city in eastern Libya, of Islamist terrorists as part of national campaign to restore peace and order to the country and rid Libya of the terrorist groups hiding within its borders. Although Haftar’s forces have so far been successful in driving terrorist forces out with their latest operations, recent reports suggest the LNA may have committed war crimes in the process.
The LNA’s rivalry with the Derna Protection Force (DPF), a Libyan militia formed by Ateyah Al-Shaari, and repeated clashes for control of Derna has left the city in ruins. The DPF has historically provided safe havens for Islamist terrorists in the country and has even had several as members in its ranks.
Many from Libya have taken to social media to voice their concerns about the recent fighting in Derna and its impact on the civilian population, especially.