Owais Egwilla, the son of a former Ottawa cleric, was killed in Benghazi while in an area controlled by the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries.
|Khaled Misellati of the Canadian Libyan Community Association, who knew Egwilla, said: “Apparently a bomb fell on that building and the building collapsed on them. He wasn’t fighting.”|
“My son, Auwais, wanted to fight the anti-revolution “green-flag holders” in Benghazi, he wanted to fight out of his patriotism as he could not accept that such as the rogue General, Khalifa Haftar, would rule Libya after it had been liberated.” He said, stressing that Auwais represents the only legitimate government in Libya; the General National Congress and the Salvation Government. “My son has always told me that we have tasted the flavor of freedom, we have smelled the liberation aroma everywhere in Libya, and now Haftar and his conspiring followers want to deprive us of those sublime emotions.”However, the internationally recognized government is not the General National Congress (GNC) but the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk. In fighting against the HoR while supporting the GNC and being an Islamist, he will be considered a terrorist by Haftar and many others. Haftar'sOperating Dignity begun in May of 2014 is meant to rid Libya of Islamists, including any militias loyal to the GNC. Misellati also suggested his father encouraged his son to fight because he opposed Haftar. His father said his son wanted to go and had asked permission, which he gave.
“They killed my son as he was fighting for the good of his homeland, yet I ask them to come and be part of the Libyan-Libyan dialogue, I ask them to disown the UN agreement and the foreign agenda government.”The UN insists there is no alternative to its Government of National Accord (GNA) and sees the Libya-Libya dialogue, that is attempting for forge an agreement between the rival governments through negotiations only with Libyans, as an obstacle to realizing UN plans.