Libya’s National Accord govt shuts down office of ‘Mufti of Qatar’

A member of East Libyan forces holds his weapon as he stands in front of a destroyed house in Ganfouda district in Benghazi, Libya, January 28, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

The Libyan Government of National Accord has closed Dar al-Ifta, which was headed by extremist Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani, and confiscated all its contents.

Ghariani was issuing constant fatwas that incite violence against the national army and politicians. He is believed to have Qatar’s financial and political support.

The clashes were not limited between the pro-government of accord forces and al-Ghaweel unrecognized government in the capital of Libya Tripoli; the clashes reached Dar al-Ifta headed by Libyan extremist Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani, who is accused of having ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist organizations.

He is known for his provocations against the Libyan National Army and the Presidential Council of Government of National Accord.

Some Libyans called Ghariani as the Mufti of Qatar due to his constant justifications and defenses regarding Doha’s intervention in the Libyan conflict and its unlimited support for extremist militias.

Qatar was also known for supporting several extremist militias in Libya, namely the Military Council in Tripoli, led by Abdel Hakim Belhadj, the Libyan Fighting Group led by Ali al-Sallabi, the recently banned Ansar al-Sharia that was dismantled recently, the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council and the Mujahideen of Derna Shura Council.

Observers believe that the recent events in Tripoli have completely changed the scene after the control of pro-government forces, in addition to the recent agreement between the Prime Minister and the Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Hafter; it was considered by some of them as the beginning of a breakthrough in the Libyan crisis.

 This article is also available in Arabic.

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