Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 14:48
Pro-Gaddafi, Green Movement


<Libya> Today, an Afriqiyah Airlines flight from Libya's southwest town of Sebha bound for Tripoli was hijacked to Malta. The hijackers are still holding the plane and crew, but have released the passengers. The hijacker claims to be a pro-Qaddafi militant. Sebha, in Libya's southwest, is the crossroads of the Sahara in that part of Fezzan. It is where one can see Toyota trucks carrying smuggled goods, including guns, across northern Africa as well as people who are being smuggled from western Africa to Europe. Qaddafi's ally - Khuwaildi Al-Hamidi - told me in Cairo a few years ago (before he died) that the pro-Qaddafi Green Movement was strong in the Fezzan region and would make its presence known soon. Last week, when the Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj went to the south-western town of Ghat - on the border with Algeria - he was greeted with protests from the Green Movement (see picture). What this bodes for an extraordinarily complex political environment is to be seen. Hope the crew are not harmed.