By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 3 November 2015:
Futher random shelling of Wershefana residential areas was reported today following yesterday’s abortive operation by Libya Dawn . . .[restrict]hardliners near the Wershefana town of Zahra, south west of Tripoli.
Fighters from Sabratha and Soman were reported to joined forces in the offensive with those from Zawia under the command of Abu Obeida Al-Zawi. However, they were said to have been pushed back towards Zawia by local Wershefana forces led by Omar Tantoush, the head of the Wershefana military council.
Random shelling of civilian areas then continued for much of the evening.
Meanwhile it has been announced that a relative of Tantoush, Al-Awjili Tantoush, was kidnapped yesterday in the Tripoli suburb of Suq Al-Juma, a Libya Dawn stronghold.
According the Wershefana media centre, Tantoush, who works at the pharmaceutical factory in Maya, west of the capital, was confronted by an armed gang, bundled into a waiting vehicle and driven off to an unknown destination.
He is the second member of the Tantoush family to be kidnapped in less than a week. Last Thursday, Sami Tantoush was seized in the capital’s western suburb of Siyahiya, allegedly by Libya dawn gunmen. He is the son of Mohamed Tantoush, the leader of the Wershefana Council of Elders.
Meanwhile, the Tripoli “government” yesterday met with its Chief of General Staff Major-General Abdussalam Al-Obeidi and other commanders to discuss how they could re-estabish control over the coastal road from checkpoint 17 in west Janzour to the Al-Samoud checkpoint in Zawia. [/restrict]