Freelance Photojournalist. Been working with news agencies through the period of the war in Libya .Work experience:- Cameraman at ( Media center for 17th February revolution )- Cameraman at ( Al- Entelaka Agency for Media )- Cameraman at ( Al-Asema TV )- Cameraman at ( Libya aluhrrar TV )
The Libyan Army commanded by General Khalifa Haftar and loyal militias retake ground in the al-Laythi area of central Benghazi. The Libyan troops have forced ISIS fighters to retreat and leave their positions in the area after fierce battles.
The video also shows civilians of al-Laythi celebrating in the streets, carrying signs with pictures of the Libyan Army commander General Haftar.
VIDEO PROVIDED BY LIBYAN ARMED FORCES
February 27, 2016
Libyan Army troops commanded by General Khalifa Haftar, based in Benghazi, overran an Islamic State base in the southern outskirts of the city on February 27 and say they found evidence that ISIS had stored the dead bodies of Libyan soldiers in refrigerators.
The base was located on a farm called Mazraat Abu Bakr Youness, named after a high ranking Libyan officer who had formerly owned the property.
The troops say that ISIS used the farm as a prison and had built cells to hold its prisoners. They found overturned refrigerators with what appeared to be bloodstains inside. An officer said the refrigerators were used to store bodies but the bodies were removed before ISIS fighters fled the base.
Arabic writing on one refrigerator said “Do not touch… Whoever who touches this refrigerator will not be forgiven"
00:00 Various shots of Libyan troops inside the Mazraat Abu Bakr Youness (what used to be an ISIS stronghold)
00:16 Refrigerator with Arabic writings: “Do not touch… Whoever who touches this refrigerator will not be forgiven”
00:28 Various shots of refrigerators with blood inside
01:17 Various shots of Libyan troops inside ISIS base and cells
01:23 Libyan Army soldier: “See, here are the cells where they used to put prisoners.”
02:00 Libyan Army soldier: “Here is the Solitary confinement.”
02:18 Libyan Army soldier holds a paper (ISIS left behind): “We swear to God the USA will not live in peace until we live in peace for real in Palestine”.
02:32 Libyan Army soldier pointing to a drawing of the wall: “This could be their presumed territory map”.
03:00 Cameraman: “Can you tell us where are we now?”
03:04 Libyan Army soldiers: “We are here in what used to be the Abu Bakr Youness farm”.
February 28, 2016
Fighters of the Zawiya Martyrs Battalion, backed by the Libyan Army and other militias loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, clash with ISIS fighters in the Assabiri area in western Benghazi. It is one of the last areas in Benghazi where ISIS fighters still have positions.
The Libyan Army led by Haftar and loyal militias were able to retake control over vast areas of Benghazi and drive ISIS fighters to leave the positions.
VIDEO PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT OF LIBYA
The Deputy Prime Minister of the temporary government of Libya Abdel Salam Badri, Congratulates General Khalifa Haftar after retaking Benghazi and Ajdabia from ISIS.
Badri said that the internationally recognized government will start work on rebuilding and repairing the areas that were destroyed in the battle against ISIS.
Chief of General Staff, Major General Abdel Razek Nazawra visited Mazraat Abu Bakr Youness in the city of Benghazi to check on the situation and on the Libyan Army's advances in the fight against ISIS.
During his visit Nazawra met the leaders of the army divisions and the soldiers and transferred the salutes of the Army commander General Khalifa Haftar to them.
The Libyan Army led by Haftar was able to retake major areas in Benghazi and force ISIS fighters to leave their positions.
December 22, 2014
“The Oil Installations Guards” in the Libyan Army have deployed artillery and military vehicles in the port of Sidra, east of Tripoli, to defend Libya's largest oil depot. Libyan Army soldiers and fighters loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar have been engaged in heavy clashes with the “Dawn of Libya” militia which launched a military offensive at the beginning of last week, to control the oil rich area which includes Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Briqa in the north of the country.
(00:58) Waniss Bukhmada, The Commander of the Saiiqa Special Forces, (man, Arabic):
"The World should take a strong position regarding what is happening now in Libya.. The World should be clear and explicit with the Libyan people that is asking for freedom, security and stability. The Libyan people is not satisfied with what is happening.
November 8, 2014
Moroccan police used violence to crack down on a planned pro-independence demonstration in the disputed Western Sahara city of Laayoune. The Saharan residents of Laayoune called for a protest on Saturday in solidarity with imprisoned political activists who have been on a 72 hour hunger strike after the death of one of the detainees.
Saharan activist and former political prisoner Fatima Dihwar called for all Saharans to take to the streets in protest against the monarchy.
In November 2010 hundreds of dissident pro-Polisario Saharans set up a refugee camp in a suburb of Laayoune to protest against Morocco's rule and demand independence but were dispersed by force.
Fatima Dihwar, ex-political prisoner (woman, Arabic):
(01:04) "We answered the call of all the Sahrawian detainees to protest in the streets of Samara. The speech of King Mohammed VI included some serious instructions, and we know about similar instructions. All we have to do is to confront him to have our demands fulfilled. Therefore, this is a message for the Moroccan regime: "Never doubt that we will back down from our demands for independence." We have decided our destiny; independence, independence, independence, whatever it costs us. We gave a lot for the nation; we don’t care about their security measures. The land (the Western Sahara) is Sahrawian and not Moroccan. Morocco is a colonialist power. (Missing parts from 02:21 to 02:40). To all the Sahrawian, let the bloodshed bring you joy in the name of patriotism and independence. I call all the Sahrawian to take the streets!"
October 1, 2014
Video shows fighters of the Islamist militia Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) and the al-Zentan tribes defending the town of Kekla, south-west of Tripoli against an attack by forces loyal to former Libyan army general Khalifa Hifter. The attack began October 14, 2014. Sources in the town say more than 140 people have been killed and more than 450 injured so far. Frequent shelling has limited the ability of local hospitals to treat the injured so many have to be transported over rough mountain roads to the city of Ghreyan. Most families have fled to other cities including Ghreyan, Misrata and Tripoli.
September 29, 2014
A few months ago militants from the Dawn of Libya Brigade stormed Tripoli airport and began destroying the area, which resulted in great damage to the oil port. As their offensive spread to the areas surrounding the Libyan capital, many civilians were killed as the militants attempted to eliminate the remnants of the former regime. Once the group had a tight hold over the capital they began to impose their control, receiving support from other Libyan revolutionaries. They declared that the situation is now safer than it previously was. Their opposition, as well as the civilian population affected by the situation, maintained their silence to avoid any more losses.
Mohammed Saeed (00:22): "Dawn of Libya's operations are corrections of the revolution of February 17. As for the other rebels who joined the revolution after February 20, they are the real nationals and real revolutionaries, they of course support Libya Dawn that is considered the last pulse of the Revolution of February 17." (01:00)
Mohammad Imran (01:01): "I surely support Dawn of Libya. They were able to make a change that others couldn't." (01:10)
Mustafa Ahmed (01:52): "The first goal of Dawn of Libya is to eliminate corruption in all its shapes, and correct the path of the Revolution of February 17." (02:09)
Rabieh Riad (02:10): For me, the actions of Libya Dawn truly show a new dawn in the Libyan history. They brought back security in Tripoli after 4 years of instability." (02:39)
September 25, 2014
Islamic militants from the Dawn of Libya militia seized total control over Rishvana, a district in al-Hashan city, a western suburb of Tripoli. The Gharyan Revolutionists Brigade, allies of Dawn of Libya, reached the areas of Aaziza and Sahwani and the bridge of Zahraa. The allies were fighting against what is known as ‘The Tribal Army’ and ‘Rishvana Revolutionists’. A commander from Dawn of Libya stated that, “The area is completely safe, now that the Tribal Army has been expelled, and residents can return to their homes.” He also said that his soldiers are stationed inside the area and they are conducting thorough security checks. The Dawn of Libya militia managed to commandeer much of the military’s equipment and munitions.
Omar Mohamed, Field Commander, (man, Arabic)
"We liberated and drove out all of the militias from the city of Rishvana over the past two days. Rishvana is now fully under the control of the rebels, there is no firing or resistance in this city. We started building gates all around the city of Rishvana and the citizens are returning to it. They will be safe and secure here."
Khaled Mansour, Fighter, (man, Arabic)
"The city of Rishvana is now free from all the criminals. We tell the citizens that whoever wants to return, will be safe. Long live free Libya!"
Ali Khaled, Fighter, (man, Arabic)
"We expelled the militias of Rishvana, and we ask the citizens to return. It is completely safe and secure."
Rishvana is an area that lays 30km southwest of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. It is bordered on the other side by the cities of Zawiya and Gharyan. These regions are still experiencing the blockade by the forces of the Dawn of Libya after they took control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The region has been experiencing heavy shelling from all types of heavy artillery, which affected the civilian population. The bombings have caused severe damage to the property of citizens, and has led to the exodus of many families to safer areas.
Islamic militants from the 'Dawn of Libya' militia, enter Rishvana, a district in al-Hashan city a western suburb of Tripoli, Libya.
The video shows the 'Dawn of Libya' militia members carrying weapons and roving the streets of Rishvana with their armed vehicles. The Islamic militants seized control over the district after more than two weeks of deadly clashes with tribal fighters and the 'Rishvana Brigade' who are united against them.
The government forces were not involved in the fighting, but they announced a state of emergency after Rishvana fell into the hands of Islamic militants.