Monday 25 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/25/17)
Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the first American strikes in Libya since President Donald Trump took office in January. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that was once the Islamic State stronghold in Libya. The camp was used to move fighters in and out of Libya, plot attacks and store weapons, the statement said. “ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring and directing terror attacks,” the statement said,...
(Middle East Monitor 09/22/17)
Saiqa Special Forces in Libya have found a mass grave containing 80 bodies at a site of ancient ruins near the Sidi Khribesh lighthouse in Benghazi’s Sabri district. According to Mari Al-Houti, the head of investigations with Saiqa, the Red Crescent collected the bodies and took DNA samples so that they could be identified. The mass grave is believed to contain the bodies of those killed in recent fighting in the city between militants and the Libyan National Army. The Red Crescent urged the families who have members missing to come forward to help identify the bodies. Following an increase in kidnappings and discovery of bodies in Benghazi, Saiqa Brigadier Wanis Bukhamada warned residents that terrorist sleeper cells still exist...
(Gulfnews 09/22/17)
The group measures led to an 80 per cent fall in the arrival of rescued migrants in Italy last month A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said. The group, the Anas Al Dabbashi brigade, struck a deal with Libya’s United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) this...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
At least eight migrants drowned and almost 90 others went missing after a shipwreck off Libya, a local official citing survivors who had clung onto the sinking vessel for days said Thursday. The Libyan navy said the shipwreck occurred off the coast of Sabratha, a town west of Tripoli that is a hub for illegal migration to Europe and from where the vessel had set off. Eight bodies were found and 35 migrants rescued on Tuesday and Wednesday, Seddik al-Jayach,...
(Bloomberg 09/21/17)
The United Nations said its road map for peace in Libya wasn’t working in its current form and unveiled plans to revamp the agreement to unify the North African country and pave the way for new elections. Ghassan Salame, the UN’s envoy for Libya, outlined an action plan at a high-level meeting Wednesday in New York. He said the initiative would be led by Libyans to find a way out of the crisis that’s split the nation among rival militias...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
The United Nations launched a roadmap on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising. The world body’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, set out an “action plan” on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York that proposes amending a 2015 peace deal that quickly stalled. The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) established under the December 2015 deal never fully materialized in...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
At least six fighters have been killed and 48 wounded in four days of clashes between rival armed groups in Sabratha, a hub for illegal immigration on Libya's Mediterranean coast, the two sides said Wednesday. The toll compiled from a security force loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the militia of the head of a former people smuggling network, Ahmad Dabbashi, could not be independently confirmed. Dabbashi's militia said four of its fighters were killed and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said. The group, the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, struck a deal with Libya’s United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) this summer to clamp down on trafficking, the senior brigade member, who gave his name as Mohamed, told Reuters. The need for...
(Libya Herald 09/21/17)
The head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, is expected to attend a meeting in Vienna on Friday between members of OPEC and other major oil producers outside the cartel to continue production cuts agreed last November beyond their scheduled expiry date of March 2018. However, the producers are now said to want the cuts to be extend to Libya as well as Nigeria, both of which were effectively exempted from the deal last year when it was agreed...
(Le Monde 09/21/17)
Président de la Fondation Brazzaville, Jean-Yves Ollivier plaide pour le plan de paix de l’organisation panafricaine prônant la mise en place de nouveaux organes de transition. Sous le pays plongé dans le chaos, l’ex-Jamahiriya de Kadhafi, ces anciennes provinces ottomanes – la Tripolitaine, la Cyrénaïque et le Fezzan – que seule la tutelle étrangère unifiait, perce enfin une Libye nouvelle. Elle sera unie, démocratique et prospère à condition d’être la Libye des Libyens. Elle verra le jour dans les semaines...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
The United Nations is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising. The world body’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, is expected to set out an “action plan” on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday that will propose amending a 2015 peace deal that quickly stalled. The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) set up...
(Xinhuanet 09/20/17)
Libya's UN-backed deputy prime minister on Tuesday discussed with UN mission deputy head the state of refugees in the capital Tripoli. Residents of the city of Tawergha have been internally displaced after they fled their homes in the 2011 uprising. The local and municipal councils of Misurata and Tawergha in June this year signed an agreement for their return. "Deputy prime minister, Ahmad Maiteeq, held a meeting in the capital Tripoli with deputy head of the UN support mission to...
(Xinhuanet 09/20/17)
The head of an Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday visited Libya's eastern-based government in Tobruk to support its fight against terrorism. Despite a United Nations (UN)-sponsored peace agreement, Libya remains politically and militarily divided, run by two rival administrations, one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli, which is back by the UN. The Tobruk-based parliament's media office said that its speaker Agila Saleh has met with Nicola Latorre, head of the Italian Senate's Defense Commission. The two discussed supporting the...
(The Associated Press 09/20/17)
Egypt said Tuesday it will host the "reorganization" of Libya's army, currently an eastern-based force led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter. A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya said that Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the army. The group, chaired by Egypt's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, did not say which officials took part in the meeting, or provide further details. A Libyan officer...
(Middle East Monitor 09/20/17)
Pressing amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) will be revealed at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today. Presidency Council (PC) head Fayez Al-Sarraj will attend the meeting as the head of a 60-strong delegation from Libya. Al-Sarraj will also attend planned meetings during his stay in New York after the main discussions with new UNSMIL chief Ghassan Salamé where the changes to the LPA will be formally unveiled. The LPA was signed in Morocco in 2015...
(The Libya Observer 09/20/17)
The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, confirmed that a decision by President, Omar Al-Bashir, has been made to reopen the Sudanese Embassy and permit the ambassador to begin his work from the capital Tripoli. Ghandour stated that this action emphasizes his country's support for a political solution between the various Libyan parties. Ghandour’s statement was made during his meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Sayala, in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Austria said on Wednesday it had some evidence that nine foreign oilfield workers abducted by Islamist militants in Libya in 2015 were killed the same year, though it was still trying to verify the information. The four Filipinos, two Bangladeshis, one Austrian, one Czech and one Ghanaian worked at the al-Ghani oilfield for equipment firm VAOS, which specializes in Libya and has offices in Austria and Malta. An Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman said a crisis team was trying to verify...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
Libyans queued in long lines outside petrol stations in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday after fighters forced the closure of a fuel pipeline to the city. On Monday, "an armed militia trespassed (at) Zawiya Oil Storage Depot and forced the workers (in) the control room to stop pumping the fuel to Tripoli," Libya's oil company said in a statement in English. The National Oil Corporation said it changed the route of "fuel vessels heading to Zawiya port to discharge in...

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