Wednesday 21 February 2018
(Libya Herald 07/05/13)
Zintan is the victim of deliberate campaign of misinformation in an attempt to isolate it from the rest of the country, according to the town’s civic leader Sheikh Mohamed Wakwak. He denied allegations that Zintan had been involved in last week’s bloody clashes in Salah Idden and Abu Salim. “Zintan is experiencing a fierce attack aimed at distorting the great role that our fighters played during the revolution,” Wakwak, the head of the local council told the Libya Herald. He added that the persistent accusations of rape, torture, kidnapping and murder that were made against Zintani people were fabrications, which he said no one could prove. Wakwak stressed his belief that that there were many ideologies working hard to destabilise...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(Alarabiya.net 07/05/13)
A Libyan military helicopter crashed during an airshow in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday killing two crew members and wounding a third, an airforce official told AFP. The accident occurred while a military parade was underway at the Benina airbase in Benghazi, Libya’s second city and cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi. “A lieutenant colonel and a lieutenant were killed ... while a third crew member, a lieutenant, was seriously wounded,” airbase commander Colonel Nasser Busnina, said. “It seems that the pilot was more eager than necessary” during the airshow, Busnina said. An army spokesman said the aircraft was a Mi-35 attack helicopter that had recently undergone a checkup. AFP, Tripoli
(Libya Herald 07/04/13)
Five hundred new recruits formally joined the Libyan army at a graduation ceremony at Martyr Faraj Alaurfi Training Centre in Benghazi yesterday. It is the latest in a series of graduation ceremonies for new army members. The latest recruits have joined Brigade 319 of the Infantry Forces. Marking the occasion, Brigade 319 commander, Colonel Abdul-Salam Gemati said expressed thanks to those who had joined the national army – all of them former revolutionaries who had signed up as individuals. They were given a military service numbers after passing the necessary medical tests and proving they were compatible with the various conditions to join the armed forces. The celebration included a march past by the new soldiers as well as displays...
(Libya Herald 07/04/13)
Municipal services are where “the rubber touches the ground” said US ambassador Debora Jones on her first visit to Tripoli Local Council today. She told her hosts, including TLC chairman Sadat Elbadri: “Although constitution is very important, people won’t be happy with a great constitution if they don’t get the services. Your work is where the rubber touches the ground.” Delivering basic services, she said “ is a big task for you, like fixing roads, collection of trash, ensuring uninterrupted power and water supply. These are all works that directly affect the people as this is the environment where people raise their families.” She added that municipalities were the real test of how government worked.“You are the people that actually...
(AL Jazeera 07/04/13)
Car blast targets army checkpoint in Benghazi, while Gunmen attack interior ministry in Tripoli, forcing its closure. At least seven people have been wounded in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint manned by special military forces, according to the Reuters news agency. Mohammed al-Hajazi, spokesman for the office that oversees security in Benghazi, said four soldiers and at least three civilians were wounded late on Tuesday. Last week in the city, an army officer was killed by a bomb placed in his official vehicle. Libya's authorities, who are struggling to form a professional army and police, regularly use former rebels to secure the borders or to intervene in tribal conflicts. The government has...
(News24 07/04/13)
Tripoli - Libya's government is drawing up plans to disband militias who have plagued the capital since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the justice minister said as an armed group occupied the interior ministry for a second day. Salah al-Marghani did not give details of how the authorities would tackle the bands of fighters who have challenged the authority of the government and its security forces for nearly two years. The government had set up a committee to "put in place mechanisms to disband armed groups, with no differentiation, no matter who they are or where they are from," the minister said in a televised news conference on Wednesday. "At the end there will be only a national army and...
(Libya Herald 07/04/13)
Libya is losing $50 million a day because of industrial action at oil sites according to the Chairman of the General National Congress’ Energy Committee, Naji Al-Mukhtar. The figure equates to around half a million barrels a day (b/d) but is lower than that reported by some government and oil company officials who have claimed that production is down from 1.6 million b/d earlier this year to just under a million b/d now. Other officials, however, put current production at 1.16 million b/d. Over the past several months there have been shutdowns and blockades at a number of oilfields and facilities, in some cases over pay and conditions, in others over the absence of local employees and yet others over...
(Al Ahram Weekly 07/04/13)
As gun battles rage between rival militias in the Libyan capital and other cities, observers fear a slide into civil war, writes Kamel Abdallah in Tripoli. As though infected by the plague of armed violence that has plagued Benghazi for many weeks, a wave of fierce skirmishes between rival militias erupted in the Libyan capital on 25 June between the Islamist-oriented militia of Al-Ghani Al-Kakoli, based in the Abu Salim district in southern Tripoli, and members of the Al-Qaaqaa Brigade based in Zintan. One of the largest cities in northwestern Libya, Zintan is situated roughly 130km southwest of Tripoli in what the Libyan Amazigh call the Nafusa Mountains. Abu Salim, or Bu Slim as it is pronounced locally, is the...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/13)
TRIPOLI — Libya's government is drawing up plans to disband militias that have plagued the capital since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, the justice minister said as an armed group occupied the interior ministry for a second day. Salah al-Marghani did not give details of how the authorities would tackle the bands of fighters who have challenged the authority of the government and its security forces for nearly two years. The government had set up a committee to "put in place mechanisms to disband armed groups, with no differentiation, no matter who they are or where they are from," the minister said in a televised news conference on Wednesday. "At the end there will be only a national army and...
(Libya Herald 07/03/13)
Oil Minister, Abdulbari Al-Arusi has been in talks with Russian oil companies on a trip to Moscow. In particular he met Alexei Miller, the CEO of Gazprom which was a significant investor in Libya. Gazprom abandoned a new offshore development at the start of the revolution. The two men had their meeting on the fringes of the second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in the Russian capital yesterday, and will have almost certainly discussed Gazprom’s full return to Libya. In a 2007 asset swap with BASF, the owner of Wintershall, Gazprom International obtained a 49 percent stake in concessions C96 and C97. In 2010 output from this pair of properties was two million tons of oil and...
(Libya Herald 07/03/13)
The Ministry of the Interior complex on Tripoli’s Airport Road was surrounded by a group of several hundred heavily-armed men early this evening. It is reported that when the gunmen arrived, firing heavily into the air, guards in the complex withdrew. There were no staff in the building at the time. The two main entrances were believed to have been blockaded with sand and the Airport Road was closed. A source at the ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Libya Herald that the identity of the gunmen was unclear, as were their demands. It had been variously reported that they were calling for interior minister Mohamed Al-Sheikh to be removed, because he was not strong enough to lead...
(Libya Herald 07/03/13)
In what appears to have been a coordinated attack, two separate security patrols in Benghazi were tonight targeted by a suspected car-bomb and a gelatina. A car-bomb in a BMW was detonated at a checkpoint manned by members of Benghazi’s Joint Security Force in Ashreen Street, spokesman for the Benghazi Joint Security Room, Mohammed Hejazi, told the Libya Herald. Four members of the patrol were injured, one of whom is in intensive care. The other three sustained minor injuries. One local resident who heard the blast said it was so powerful he thought it had been an RPG attack. The second incident occurred on Dubai Street, where an explosive device – believed to be a gelatina – was hurled at...
(The Associated Press 07/03/13)
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The young woman introduced as "The Revolutionary" was breaking a taboo in Libya by speaking out about how she and other women had been raped by Muammar Gaddafi's men in the early months of the country's uprising. "They arrested me publicly at Nasser University," she said, recalling how guards in Tripoli came for her and two other young women who expressed support for the revolution that led to Gaddafi's overthrow. "They told me, 'We are only going to take you away for questioning, and then we will bring you back'." Instead, the young woman said, a local official told the men: "Take these girls to Mutassim and enjoy them tonight." Mutassim was one of Gaddafi's sons and...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(Libya Herald 07/02/13)
Rumours that an armed group tried to smuggle Qaddafi spy chief Abdullah Senussi out of Tripoli’s Hathba jail have been denied by prison staff. “These reports are totally incorrect and all the prisoners are still in the jail,” head of Hathba Prison media office Musbah Al-Thani told the Libya Herald today. He denied that an armed group had tried to smuggle Senussi from the prison. Speculation that Senussi and other senior Qaddafi-era officials tried to escape spread across social networks and local TV stations, following the bloody clashes that took place a week ago at Al-Yarmouk Brigade’s camp in the capital’s Salah Idden district. Al-Thani said that a state of emergency had been declared at the prison in light of...
(Libya Herald 07/02/13)
Mystery this morning surrounded the whereabouts of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who did not attend a Moscow oil and gas conference as scheduled yesterday. Diplomatic sources suggest that instead of going to Russia, the prime minister wound up a trip to Germany and returned directly to Tripoli. Calls to his office overnight and this morning have gone unanswered. There is speculation that Zeidan abandoned his Moscow trip because of rising concerns at the security situation in the capital. Last Thursday he set a five-day deadline for the evacuation of the Yarmouk Camp by Zintani militiamen, involved in two days of fighting in Abu Selim and Salah Idden. That deadline expires today. It has also been suggested that Zeidan was concerned...
( 07/02/13)
Doctors in Libya say they are seeing a “growing” number of patients with drug problems and a corresponding risk of HIV infection, in a post-Gaddafi era marked by limited law enforcement and government capacity. “Every month more people come to us needing help,” said Abdullah Fannir, deputy director of Gargaresh psychiatric hospital in Tripoli. “It’s part of the fallout from the revolution. Border control is weak, making it easy for drug-traffickers, and there’s more demand as well. Hundreds of thousands of Libyans were displaced, wounded or bereaved during the uprising.” Doctors at Benghazi’s Al Irada drug addiction clinic, the only treatment centre of its kind in the country, say some of the most common addictions they have to treat are...
(Libya Herald 07/02/13)
Ghariyan Revolutionaries today handed over formal control of the city’s Khalifa Al Tekbai camp to the army in a ceremony attended by the new president of the GNC Nuri Abu Sahmain. The occupants of the camp are not moving out, but will now come under Tripoli military Area Command and are now enrolled in the army. However agreement on the change was only reached after the unit’s commanders agreed that the Political Isolation Law will be applied to every member of the unit. Those who fall foul of its provisions will be removed from their positions. The Tripoli commander, Hussein Ramadan welcomed the unit into the regular army, watched by interior minister Mohamed Al-Sheikh. By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.

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