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The Parliament fired the Central Bank governor and said the Grand Mufti will be sacked soon. Prime Minister al Thinni accused Qatar of sending three military planes laden with weapons for the Islamist coalition Libya Dawn to Mitiga Airport. Libya has also accused Sudan of sending a plane with supplies for Libya Dawn, but it was intercepted. The US said everyone should support the elected government, the Parliament. Egypt's prime minister said the Islamic State and Ansar al Sharia are ideologically linked and have the same vision.
Islamist Libya Dawn forces continued their onslaught in Warshefana, raining down 350 rockets yesterday in a barrage that killed 38 people and wounded over 80. The area is now besieged, as residents fear leaving their homes due to shelling, and roads have been blocked by Libya Dawn forces; Warshefana forces defending the area are outnumbered three to one.
Grand Mufti al Ghariani appeared at a pro-Libya Dawn demonstration in Tripoli, after returning from several months in London and a stopover in Qatar; British authorities were reportedly planning to arrest him for inciting violence and murder. Three men were murdered in Benghazi; Islamist forces are suspected. Local residents in Benghazi repelled Ansar al Sharia gunmen who were trying to take over a civil defense center.
Forces from the Islamist Libya Dawn coalition are said to be bulldozing homes in the Warshefana area, where clashes are ongoing. As Operation Dignity forces backed by Tebu and Arab militias are preparing an assault on Islamist positions in Benghazi, the forces of Ansar al Sharia and Benghazi's Revolutionary Shura Council are said to be withdrawing. Mohamed "Bouka" Al Araibi, a commander of a Brega militia linked to the Revolutionary Shura Council, was wounded by an airstrike in Benghazi. The Parliament sacked the ambassadors to Jordan and Turkey because they have shown allegiance to the rival former GNC, now headed by Omar al Hassi, who moved into the prime minister's office in Tripoli after Libya Dawn took it over.
Islamist militias continued their onslaught in Warshefana in an attempt to capture it; at least 43 people, mainly civilians, have been killed by shelling since Sept. 7. Operation Dignity urged militiamen in Benghazi to turn in their weapons, saying terrorists and criminals from the world over have been drawn to the city. Tebu and Arab militiamen are heading to Benghazi to back up Operation Dignity forces. Ansar al Sharia arrested four Syrians and a Palestinian in Sirte accused of forging Libyan banknotes. A female civilian who had worked in domestic intelligence under the Ghaddafi regime was shot dead while shopping in Derna. France warned that Libya's south is a "hub for terrorist groups."
The commander of the Benghazi-based Omar Mukhatr Brigade, which has been allied with Ansar al Sharia, February 17 Brigade, and Libya Shield, escaped an assassination attempt with serious injuries. A leading lawyer was kidnapped from a Tripoli courtroom last week. Thirty Libyan Army cadets left their training in the UK after roughing up a British Army officer. The travel of young Libyans to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is facilitated by Libyan recruiting networks, which face no official obstacles.
The government expelled Sudan's military attache after a Sudanese plane landed two days ago in Kufra laden with weapons and ammunition destined for Islamist Libya Dawn fighters in Tripoli. The plane had stopped in Kufra for refueling when it was intercepted.
The Islamist Libya Dawn coalition is said to have rebuffed 26 attempts to discuss a ceasefire around Tripoli. The Prime Minister denounced the takeover of government ministries in Tripoli by armed groups. The Kufra Military Council denied reports that a Sudanese military plane laden with weapons for Libya Dawn had landed in Kufra. Misratan militias and Awlad Suleiman tribesmen clashed with Qaddafa tribesmen in Sebha.
Operation Dignity aircraft bombed Islamist positions in Benghazi overnight, including a large weapons depot, which blew up. Operation Dignity forces and Zintani militias are planning a counteroffensive in Tripoli. A Libyan Air Force jet crashed in Tobruk on Sept. 2, killing at least three people. The Parliament in Tobruk welcomed media coverage, especially as at least one one of the state TV stations has been taken over by Islamists.
Prime minister al Thinni announced that most governmental ministries and institutions in Tripoli are out of Parliament's control; Islamist forces are also said to now control about 80 percent of Benghazi. Islamist forces including Ansar al Sharia and the February 17 Brigade renewed attacks in Benghazi, killing at least 10 Operation Dignity soldiers. The Foreign Ministry scolded Turkey for interference in Libya's affairs after the president of Turkey reportedly said he "fundamentally cannot accept the parliament meeting in Tobruk." Islamist forces have taken over the US Embassy compound and nearby residential annex in Tripoli, according to a Libya Dawn commander.
The Islamist coalition Libya Dawn announced that its forces have "secured" the US Embassy compound in Tripoli; the US State Department initially refused to comment, then said that only part of the compound had been breached. Another report said only the residential complex had been taken over. Tunisian authorities said several Ansar al Sharia members were arrested this past week in Libya, including Ahmad Roussi, who is suspected of involvement in the murder of politician Chokri Belaid as well as terrorist attacks in Jebel Chaambi.