Libya Shield 1

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Libya Shield 1
درع ليبيا 1
Participant in the Post-civil war violence in Libya and the Second Libyan Civil War
Active3 August 2012 - December 2016
LeadersWissam Ben Hamid [1]
HeadquartersGanfouda, Benghazi (until June 2015)[2]
Part ofShura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries
Allies Ansar al-Sharia
Battles and war(s)Factional violence in Libya (2011–14)
Second Libyan Civil War

Libya Shield 1 was an Islamist armed group in Benghazi and eastern Libya. It is nominally part of the Libya Shield Force and is a member of the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries.[3][4]


The Libyan Ministry of Defense, under decision No. 29, formed and named Libya Shield Forces on 3 August 2012. Decision No. 29 states, "A brigade shall be formed in the Central Region of Libya and is to be called Libya Shield – The forces of the Central Brigade shall consist, in general, of rebels from the following regions, Misrata, Sirte, Jafra, Bani Walid, Terhuna, Alkhmuss, Mslath and Zliten. Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim Moussa shall be the commander of the brigade and shall be stationed in Misrata." This decision was signed by the Libya Minister of Defense, Osama Abdulsalam Aljuli bearing the name Libya Shield Forces.


The Libya Shield Force is nominally divided into three main brigades in eastern, central and western Libya to carry out law and order and combat tasks. Libya Shield 1 was part of the Eastern region of the force.

On social media, reactions to the group are favourable across Libya in comparison to other militias, particularly over its charitable work.[5]

Another Benghazi unit, Shield 2, is considered more sympathetic to the federalists.[6] The force reports to the Libyan defense ministry under the command of Wisam Bin Ahmid (or Humid), who commanded a Benghazi brigade called Free Libya Martyrs.


  1. ^ "Wissam Ben Hamid dead says arrested Ansar spokesman; 13 militants reported to have blown themselves up". Libyan Herald. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. ^ "LNA forces capture Libya Shield camp in Ganfouda". Libya Herald.
  3. ^ 28 قتيلا من قوات الصاعقة ببنغازى منذ بدء الاشتباكات مع أنصار الشريعة Archived August 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Youm7 29 July 2014 Accessed 3 August 2014
  4. ^ تدهور الوضع الأمني في بنغازي وطرابلس نذير حرب جديدة Al-Arab 27 July 2014. Accessed 3 August 2014
  5. ^ "Guide to Libya's militias". 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  6. ^ Ayman Amzein and Maha Ellawati (9 June 2013). "Benghazi Libya Shield Protests: at least 27 dead". Libya Herald. Retrieved December 16, 2013.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)