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Part II: Legislative Authorities: Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector

Decree No. (31) of 2017 on establishing military zones

Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army

Decree No. (31) of 2017 AD

on establishing military zones

The Commander-in-Chief,

Upon review of:

  • The Constitutional Declaration and amendments thereto;
  • The Libyan Political Agreement signed on 17 December 2015 AD;
  • Law No. (40) of 1974 AD on military service and amendments thereto;
  • Law No. (43) of 1974 AD on the retirement of members of the military and amendments thereto;
  • Law No. (35) of 1977 AD reorganising the Libyan Army (the Armed Forces);
  • Law No. (19) of 2015 AD approving certain provisions on the powers of levels of leadership in the Libyan Army;
  • Presidential Council Decree No. (4) of 2016 AD on forming the Government of National Accord;
  • For reasons of public interest;

has decreed:

Article (1)

In accordance with this Decree, seven military zones shall be established that shall be part of the Libyan Army, directly affiliated to the Chief of Staff, and entrusted with the responsibility of preserving security in the zone, securing and defending it, warding off all threats and risks to which it is exposed, and safeguarding its stability. Such zones shall be as follows:

  1. Tripoli Military Zone
  2. Benghazi Military Zone
  3. Central Military Zone
  4. Western Military Zone
  5. Sabha Military Zone
  6. Tobruk Military Zone
  7. Al-Kufra Military Zone

Article (2)

The borders and area of each military zone shall be as set out in Annex (A), attached hereto.

Article (3)

Military zone commanders shall be directly responsible to the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army for the performance of their activities.

Article (4)

Each military zone commander shall have a second-in-command, assisting them in the performance of their duties and representing them in their absence.

Article (5)

Military zone commanders and their second-in-command shall be assigned under a decree from the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army.

Article (6)

Military zone commanders shall oversee the level of military discipline in the forces they command, enhance their degree of readiness, training, and performance of their combat duties, and shall be responsible for all matters related to improving and commanding them during times of war and peace.

Article (7)

The Chief of the General Staff shall provide the military zone with all individuals needed to meet the required staffing numbers.

Article (8)

The Ministry of Defence shall ensure the necessary financial coverage to reorganise and restructure the units in the military zones.

Article (9)

This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its issue. Any provision that conflicts herewith shall be repealed. This Decree shall be implemented by the concerned bodies.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army – Libya

Issued on 6 Ramadan 1438 AH

Corresponding to: 01/06/2017 AD


Military Zone

Military Zone Borders




Tripoli Military Zone

Al-Maya – Al-Zahra – Al-Aziziya – Tarhuna – Bani Walid – Al-Qasba – Al-Qariyuli – Qasr al-Khiyar – Al-Ghanimah

Jadayem – Abusiba – Al-Hira Al-Kahraba – Al-Shwayrif – Al-Ariyan – Majer – Msallata


Sabha Military Zone

Jabal al-Naqi – Al-Tum – Jabal Akakus – Ghat – Al-Muthalath al-Silfadour – Qarara al-Naqa – Jabal al-Hasouna – Hamada Tanghrat

Ghadamis – Al-Shwayrif – Bani Walid – Sokna – Zella al-Fiqh – Maradah – Ghalu


Western Military Zone

Jadayem – Ras Jadir – Wazin – Ghadmes – Al-Shwayrif – Al-Ariyan – Al-Hira – Abu Shibah

Tarhuna – Bani Walid – Bawaba al-Ghailania – Al-Awiniat – Ein Al-Zu


Central Military Zone

Sokna – Al-Fiqa – Zella – Maradah – Brega

Bawaba al-Ghailania – Al-Shwayrif – Bani Walid – Tarhuna – Ghaneema


Benghazi Military Zone

Al-Bayyadah – Ajdabiya – Bashir

Brega – Maradah – Wadi al-Kuf – Jalu


Tobruk Military Zone

Musaid – Jaghbub – Wadi al-Kuf – Sabkha al-Qanin

Al-Bayyadah – Jalu 100 km south of Jaghbub


Al-Kufra Military Zone

Al-Awinat – Rabiyana – Al-Sarir – Jabal al-Tarhuni – Jalu

Jaghbub – Maradah – Jabal Zaltan – Jabal al-Naqi

Text Type:Decree
Text number:31
Text date:2017-06-01
Institution:Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army

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