By Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 13 July 2014:
Forces loyal to Abdel Raouf Kara, a former commander in the Supreme Security Committee, have . . .[restrict]handed over control of Mitiga Airbase to the army. It is not the first time the base has been handed over.
Yesterday’s ceremony, attended by Kara and members of an observation committee, was held at Mitiga and broadcast on Nabaa TV.
Nadim Al-Sharif, one of the observers from Zawia, told the Libya Herald that he and representatives from Tarhouna, Sabratha and Gharian had been present and would monitor the handover over a period of three days. The army’s air defence forces are now expected to take responsibility for the premises.
Kara had previously stated that his forces were no longer in control of the airbase.
He has distanced himself from the current stand-off between Islamist and non-Islamist forces in the capital and has ordered his troops not to get caught up in the political tug of war.