Saturday 19 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/02/17)
Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government on Thursday took control of Tripoli International Airport, which was largely destroyed in 2014, after the withdrawal of rival militias from the site. "This is the beginning of the reconstruction of state of institutions" and the return to rule of law, said General Najmi al-Nakoua, leader of the newly formed presidential guard. The airport, located south of Tripoli, was badly damaged during fierce fighting in mid-2014, after which the Fajr Libya coalition of militias seized the capital and installed a government. Flights in and out of Tripoli have been operating through Mitiga airport
(Reuters (Eng) 06/02/17)
A force operating under Libya's U.N.-brokered government said on Thursday it was securing Tripoli's main airport, which has been closed since it was badly damaged in fighting in 2014 and which was controlled by a rival faction until last week. The Presidential Guard formed by the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) was able to access Tripoli International Airport after loosely aligned armed groups gained ground in heavy fighting in the capital last Friday. The GNA has struggled to impose its authority since arriving in Tripoli in March last year and to rein in militias that still hold sway on the ground. It has been rejected by factions in eastern Libya loyal
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Libyan presidential guards said on Thursday that the UN-backed government has assumed control of Tripoli international airport. "Competent authorities have taken control of Tripoli international airport, with no influence or control of any outlaw group," Najmi Nakoo, commander of the presidential guards, said at a press conference. Nakoo also said the government forces recaptured on Wednesday some military camps and sites in southern Tripoli previously controlled by rival armed groups. On May 27, violent clashes erupted in southern Tripoli between militias allied with the UN-backed government and a militia loyal to the deposed government of Khalifa al-Ghawil, which according to the health ministry killed more than 55 and injured at least 100 others. Libya has remained in chaos since the...
(Premium Times 06/02/17)
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, on Thursday said it is too early to determine when production caps should be imposed on Nigeria and Libya. The OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Barkindo, said this on Thursday at an economic forum in Russia’s St Petersburg. Nigeria and Libya had earlier been exempted from an OPEC and non-OPEC producing members’ agreement to extend the crude oil production cut by another nine months to allow further rebalancing of the market. The decision took place in May after the 2nd ministerial meeting of the two groups at the headquarters of OPEC in Vienna, Austria. The President of the OPEC Conference and minister of energy of Saudi Arabia, Khalid Al- Falih, had said that the extension...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
Libyan UN-backed Prime Minister Faiz Sarraj met on Wednesday with a delegation of the African Union High Level Committee on Libya, and discussed the crisis under the political agreement. The AU delegation was composed of foreign ministers of Congo, Guinea, Niger, Mauritania and AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ismail al-Sharqawi. The delegation stressed AU's support for the government of national accord, and praised Serraj's efforts to achieve national reconciliation between rival political parties. According to the delegation, the meeting aims to involve all parties into the political process and help bring different views together. Serraj praised the importance of AU's support to Libya's security, saying the solution needs "an end to foreign interference supporting a particular party, which has further...
(The Independent 06/01/17)
Researchers say EU is disregarding international law and human rights. A new report has accused the EU of disregarding human rights and international law in its desperation to slow refugee boat crossings across the Mediterranean Sea. The bloc has pledged tens of millions of euros in funding for authorities in Libya, despite the country’s ongoing civil war and allegations of torture, rape and killings earning it the moniker “hell on Earth” among migrants. Research by the US-based Refugees International (RI) group warned that the EU’s push to prevent boats leaving the Libyan coast – now the main departure point towards Europe – could fuel horrific abuses. “The fate of people who are seeking international protection is effectively absent from the...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/01/17)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was quick to launch air strikes on militants in Libya in response to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt - but the attacks do not seem to be targeting those responsible. The response was popular with many Egyptians. The country's state-owned and private news media celebrated it as swift justice, but the president has been vague about exactly who he is attacking. The strikes have been directed at Islamist groups other than Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Friday's massacre of dozens in the southern province of Minya, and seem to be intended to shore up Sisi's allies in eastern Libya. "The attacks in Minya were claimed by Islamic State, and there are...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two decades, the improvement has been much slower for twins than for single-borns. "Twins account for 10.7 percent of all under-five deaths and 15.1 percent of neonatal (newborn) deaths in the region and these percentages are increasing," the study said. "The...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
The United Nations on Tuesday launched a $75.5-million (67.5-million-euro) appeal to tackle a swelling humanitarian and migration crisis in Libya. The UN's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the funds would go toward providing essential services for displaced people, refugees and asylum-seekers. The appeal is in partnership with the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM). "We have urgent work to do in Libya and can only do it together," said UNHCR head Filippo Grandi in a statement. "We are going the extra mile in trying to make a difference for hundreds of
(Daily News Egypt 05/31/17)
The airstrikes follow Minya bus terrorist attack of which IS claimed responsibility. Egypt’s delegate to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) notified on Saturday the council that Egypt’s airstrikes on Libya targeted terrorist groups and described the attack as the right of the country for self defence which the UN charters stipulate, according to a press statement. Egypt has reportedly carried out airstrikes on the city of Derna in eastern Libya on 27 May, following the shooting of Coptic Christians in Minya in Upper Egypt, which resulted in the death of 28 civilians.
(The Independent 05/31/17)
War-torn North African country is under renewed scrutiny following Manchester bombing. The UK “could have done more” to stop the chaos and bloodshed in Libya that followed Western intervention, a Foreign Office minister has admitted. Tobias Ellwood defended RAF air strikes against dictator Muammar Gaddafi, ordered by David Cameron, saying there was a “duty to protect” civilians during the North African country’s 2011 revolution. The UK’s role in Libya – where Manchester bomber Salman Abedi had strong links – has come under renewed scrutiny since the attack, which killed 22 people. Since the revolution, the country has descended into a state of semi-anarchy with power divided between rival governments and arms factions including Isis. The unstable situation has also allowed...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has followed. This city of about 1 million has absorbed an additional 1 million people who fled the Islamist militants who burned their villages and kidnapped hundreds of children. In Maiduguri, the vast majority of the displaced aren’t living in U.N...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/30/17)
Militant training camps in Libya are a direct threat to Egypt's national security, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday, after Egyptian air strikes targeted the camps in eastern Libya in recent days. Egypt's air force began the strikes just hours after masked men boarded vehicles driving dozens of Coptic Christians to pray at a monastery in the southern Egyptian province of Minya on Friday. They opened fire at close range, killing 29 and wounding 24 in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Speaking at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Shoukry said the attack on the Christians proved that Libyan militants were capable of targeting Egypt. "The tragic work in Minya is evidence of the...
(AFP (eng) 05/29/17)
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry discussed the conflicts in Libya and Syria as they met in Cairo on Monday, the foreign ministry there said. Lavrov and Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu were also due to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt's defence minister, the foreign ministry in Moscow said. Lavrov and Shoukry discussed Libya, where rival administrations and militias have fought for control of the oil-rich country since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moamer Kadhafi, the Egyptian statement said.
(AL Jazeera 05/29/17)
There is a link between the woeful Manchester attack and the dubious methods the UK used to help Libyans topple Gaddafi. There have been few decisions by the British government this century as damaging as those that laid the groundwork for the Manchester bombings. No, you cannot boil the causes of this "terrorist" attack down to one single "cause". Yes, Salman Abedi was an "evil loser", as Donald Trump put it with rare accuracy. Yes, it is unforgivable that Salman Abedi chose to target children. Yet what was in the British government's clear purview was to limit the possibility of Abedi being radicalised; to prevent a young man travelling abroad as a "foreign fighter" alongside a group that had previously...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/29/17)
Warplanes launched three air strikes on the Libyan city of Derna on Monday, a witness said, days after Egypt attacked camps there, saying it was targeting militants responsible for killing Egyptian Christians. There was no immediate confirmation of Monday's strikes from officials in Libya or neighboring Egypt, nor any claim of responsibility for the raid on the city at the eastern end of Libya's Mediterranean coast. The witness said one attack hit the western entrance to Derna and the other two hit Dahr al-Hamar in the south. Egyptian jets attacked Derna on Friday, just hours after masked militants boarded vehicles en route to a monastery in the southern Egyptian province of Minya and opened fire at close range, killing 29...
(Xinhuanet 05/29/17)
Libya's Benghazi-based extremist group known as Ansar Al-Sharia on Saturday announced that it was officially dissolving. The group is accused by Washington of carrying out the 2012 Benghazi attack on the U.S. consulate that killed the ambassador Christopher Stevens. Armed forces of General Khalifa Haftar has launched a military campaign three years ago on militant groups in Benghazi, including Ansar Al-Sharia. In its Saturday online statement, the group called on other armed groups to unite. "Thus, we have given way to the other honest sons of this nation to carry the message after us," the statement added. Haftar's forces take control of most of Benghazi, except for two areas where the remaining militants are stationed.
(Alarabiya.net 05/29/17)
Egypt and Libya launched renewed raids, at dawn on Monday, targeting sites at al-Qaeda’s Shura Council of Mujahideen in the Libyan city of Derna and its suburbs, Al Arabiya sources reported. The head of Libya's national army, Khalifa Hafter, called on Sunday all military units in western and southern Libya to prepare to support what he called the national forces, which fight extremism in Tripoli. The Libyan army confirmed on Sunday that the Egyptian air raids in Libya were coordinated with the Libyan forces in order to hit the headquarters of al-Qaeda’s Shura Council of Mujahideen and Bishr camp which is linked to Al Shura Council of Mujahideen. The Egyptian fighter jets launched a number of air raids on the...
(BBC News Africa 05/29/17)
A group of militant Islamists in Libya, blamed by the US for the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi which killed the ambassador, says it has disbanded. The Ansar al-Sharia group said that its leadership had been wiped out while fighting the Libya National Army. Most of its members are thought to have defected to the Islamic State group. Separately, a case against Hillary Clinton brought by the parents of two Americans killed in the Benghazi attack has been dismissed by a US judge. The Benghazi diplomatic compound attack killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, while Mrs Clinton was secretary of state. The issue dogged her presidential campaign last year. Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, parents of...

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