The source stated the incident occurred as Dbeibah was returning house, describing it as a transparent assassination try, including that the attackers fled and the incident has been referred for investigation.
Footage carried by regional Al Jazeera TV later confirmed what it stated was Dbeibah’s car, which had what appeared to be a bullet mark on the windscreen and two different marks on a headlight and the chassis. Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the photographs and has not spoken to different witnesses to the incident.
If confirmed, an try to assassinate Dbeibah might irritate the disaster over management of Libya after he stated he’ll ignore a vote scheduled by the eastern-based parliament in a while Thursday to substitute him.
Armed forces have mobilized extra fighters and tools within the capital over latest weeks, elevating fears the political disaster might set off preventing.
Libya has had little peace or stability because the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion towards Moammar Gadhafi, and it cut up in 2014 between warring factions in east and west.
Dbeibah was put in in March as head of the UN-backed Government of National Unity (GNU) that was meant to unify the nation’s divided establishments and oversee the runup to an election in December as a part of a peace course of.
Rival factions have been jostling for place after the election course of fell aside amid disputes over the principles, together with over the legitimacy of Dbeibah’s personal candidacy for president after he pledged not to run.
The parliament, which principally backed jap forces through the civil battle, has declared the GNU invalid and can maintain a vote on Thursday to title a brand new prime minister to kind one other authorities.
Dbeibah stated in a speech this week that he would solely hand over energy after an election and the UN’s Libya adviser and Western international locations have stated they proceed to acknowledge the GNU.
The parliament stated this week that no elections could be held this 12 months, after it and one other political physique amended the nation’s non permanent structure, dismaying the numerous Libyans who had registered to vote.
The parliament’s transfer to select a brand new prime minister could lead to a return to the state of affairs earlier than Dbeibah’s unity authorities was put in, with parallel administrations looking for to rule Libya from totally different cities.
However, analysts say that won’t instantly set off a return to civil battle.