The Financial Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mohamed Eljarh on the recent air attacks on Libya’s third largest city of Misurata:
“This is a new, dangerous escalation in violence and one that might not end unless Libya Dawn forces stop their offensive on the oil terminals,” said Mohamed Eljarh, a Libyan analyst and non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East centre.
“There have been various warnings that the war would get to Misurata if its forces are not reined in and stopped from attacking others but Misurata’s forces and leaders never took these warnings seriously.”
UN special envoy Bernardino Leon has sought to bring the two sides to the negotiating table. Libya Dawn’s media office called the Sunday’s air strikes an attempt to sabotage any talks. Bur Mr Eljarh said the air strikes might serve as “a wake-up call” for Misurata’s leaders to embrace dialogue over war.