By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 27 January 2014:
No military reinforcements from the north of the country have yet arrived in Sebha, despite government . . .[restrict]promises and media reports.
Sebha’s military commander, Mohammed Alayat Al-Busaify told the Libya Herald that no troops from outside the area had arrived since fighting first broke out on 11 January. Any securing of the town had so far been achieved only by local forces.
Busaify said that army troops sent from other towns and cities in the country were now stationed in Jufra, some 250 km away from Sebha. It is not clear why these supporting forces have remained at Jufra despite arriving from last week.
The official spokesman of the General Chief of Staff, Ali Al-Shaikhi confirmed to the Libya Herald that the troops were still in Jufra but declined to give the reasons for this, saying it was “classified information.”
Busaify said that Sebha was expecting supporting forces to arrive later today. [/restrict]