The strategy worked for three years, until the Libyan army began an operation to free the city last May.After the freeing of Derna, Ashmawy was still able to hide in al-Maghar neighborhood, which remained a stronghold for terrorists. It is a district in downtown and dates back to the Turkish era with narrow alleyways and buildings with rather thick walls.The Libyan army besieged the district to stop the supply of ammunition, medications, and fighters. He played the most prominent role in recruiting the youth of that city and neighboring cities and transferring them to other countries like Syria after training them in camps in Derna,” Mismary said.“His organization is finished a long time ago. They are a few who remain [in Derna] with no hope in life or to survive. Every now and then they shoot members of the armed forces or residents of Derna.
Source: Egypt Today October 08, 2018 18:45 UTC