The Director of the Media Office of the Municipal Council of Misrata, Khaled Rufaida, confirmed the murder of the Mayor of the Municipality, Mohamad Eshtewi, after being kidnapped by unknown suspects in front of the Misrata airport. The assailants had dumped his body next to Al-Safwa hospital in the city.
The spokesperson for the Misrata hospital, Dr. Akram Gliwan, told Arraed LG that upon arrival the body of Mohamed Eshtewi had traces of bullet wounds to the head and foot.
The municipal council announced that there would be three days of observance to mourn the death of their mayor Mohamed Ashtawi.
Abu Bakr Al-Hareesh, a member of the Municipal Council of Misrata condemned the assassination and described the act as “cowardly”. In addition, the Presidential Council and the UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame also condemned the assassination and expressed their deep sorrow for the loss.
The Italian embassy in Libya stated that Misrata will follow in the footsteps of its departed leader and strive for peace.
In addition, Fathi Bashaga, a member of HOR of Misurata called on the people of Misrata to stand in a unity in order to support security and justice, and to bring the perpetrators to justice for their punishment.