Head of Wadi Al-Shatii Military Council, southwest of Libya, Colonel Bashir Awaidat Hasnawi and his daughter have been shot dead in Ain Zara district of Tripoli on Friday, in what seems to be a revenge attack. There was no attempt by the killer to conceal his identity who was later apprehended and identified as Naji Adam, the brother of one of armed men who was killed in an attack on Qarda Prison in Sebha five months ago. Hasnawi is originally from Sabha, but he relocated in Tripoli after the incident. It has been revealed that Naji had made his way from Sebha to Tripoli with nothing but revenge on his mind and revenge is what he had even, though there is no proof that the late colonel had any responsibility for what happened at the prison. On February 24, family members armed themselves and attacked the Qarda Prison in an effort to free inmates, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire, killing one of the attackers.
June 24, 2017 16:52 UTC
The Municipal, Military and Shura Council, in addition to the Union of Civil Society Organizations of Nalut, western Libya, have condemned the constant bombardment of civilians and residential districts by the Egyptian military warplanes and the Egyptian Intelligence Agency violation of Libyan sovereignty. In a joint statement, they also condemned what they characterized as "complicit actors" with the Egyptian government on the pretext of fighting terrorism. "We remind those in command of the Dignity Operation that the dignity of Libya has been desecrated by the violation of its territory by the Egyptian and UAE forces," the statement read. They called on the Presidential Council to take a clear and firm stance towards this aggression, and on all Libyans to reunite and renounce division to defend their state sovereignty. The statement requested the international community, the United Nations and human rights organizations to halt this blatant aggression and to hold the Egyptian government accountable in accordance with international conventions.
June 23, 2017 16:16 UTC
Senior commanders of Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) said on Friday the group is ready to dissolve, but they stressed their right to return to their city. In a statement read by the top commander, Brig Mustafa Al-Shirksi, the BDB indicated that their intention to dissolve aims to spare the country the woes of international war. According to the statement, the dissolution also aims to alleviate the suffering of Libyan people in general and Benghazi IDPs in particular. The BDB was placed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain on a list of alleged “terror.” The claims were rejected by the BDB, saying they were politically motivated. Related News:BDB declines being part of political, military upheaval in west LibyaBDB call out UAE as political opportunists using terror to further their cause
June 23, 2017 13:13 UTC
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Mr. Ghassan Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and service, as well as for his effective leadership of UNSMIL. Mr. Ghassan Salamé brings to this position over three decades of experience in public service and academia. In 2003, he served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. in Humanities from Paris III Sorbonne- Nouvelle University and in Political Science from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
June 23, 2017 10:30 UTC
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries. The case is at the Supreme Court because two federal appellate courts have ruled against the Trump travel policy, which would impose a 90-day pause in travel from citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Circuit Court of Appeals said the travel policy does not comply with federal immigration law, including a prohibition on nationality-based discrimination. The justices also could keep the ban from being reinstated and, at the same time, decline to review the lower court rulings. One barrier to that option could be that the court usually likes to have the last word when a lower court strikes down a federal law or presidential action.
June 23, 2017 07:18 UTC
This was the second Iranian drone to be shot down within twenty four hours. The US had downed an Iranian drone in Syria. Commander Jadhav was operating from Iranian port of Chabahar and it is difficult to comprehend that Iranian intelligence was not aware of his nefarious activities. Instead, Iran is indulging in espionage on Pakistan through its UAVs and threatening Pakistan with dire consequences. Simultaneously, the incursion of Iranian surveillance drones within Pakistan must cease forthwith.
June 23, 2017 04:32 UTC
SINGAPORE: When OPEC leader Saudi Arabia pledged in May to do “whatever it takes” to defend world oil prices, it didn’t expect the market to be testing its resolve just one month later. As the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries extended oil production cuts, oil prices fell 18% in just 20 days. “But making decisions in this organization is very difficult because any decision will mean production cuts for the members,” he added. Traders and investors have raised their bets that the oil price will remain under pressure. At the moment Nigeria and Libya are exempt from the production cuts agreement.
June 23, 2017 02:26 UTC
A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya. In a statement announcing the appointment, a UN spokesperson said that Mr. Salamé brings to his new position over three decades of experience in public service and academia. Mr. Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, whom the UN spokesperson said that Mr. Guterres is grateful for his dedication and service, as well as for his effective leadership of UNSMIL. The announcement comes one day after Mr. Guterres appointed Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov of Russia as Under-Secretary-General of the newly created UN Counter-Terrorism Office. Yesterday, Mr. Guterres appointed Ana Maria Menéndez of Spain as the next Senior Adviser on Policy.
June 22, 2017 22:07 UTC
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO will help the Libyan government build ” effective defence and security institutions” in the northern African country, speaking to press in Brussels, Thursday, following a meeting with Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sarraj earlier that day. Stoltenberg said that it is “essential” to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis and that therefore “NATO has agreed to help” the northern African state. He explained that a team of NATO experts recently met with Libyan government representatives “to discuss what we can do to help you build an effective defence and security institutions in Libya, including a modern Ministry of Defence, a joint military staff, and intelligence services under civilian control.”The NATO Secretary General added that the “main purpose of the meeting today [was] to make sure our experts will sit down as soon as possible, hopefully within a few weeks.”AdvertisementLibya has been wracked by security issues since former President Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from power in 2011, with international diplomats making a plea to stop hostilities between the LNA, led by General Khalifa Haftar, and the GNA, in a bid to avoid escalation between the two sides.
June 22, 2017 21:00 UTC
Los Angeles police officers monitor protesters during a demonstration against the immigration travel ban imposed by President Trump at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2017. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)The Trump administration has started a global review of vetting procedures used to screen foreign travelers that critics believe could result in a "backdoor travel ban," restricting entry to people from more countries. At the end of the review, Trump may issue a presidential proclamation implementing a wide range of travel restrictions against any country. But she worried this one could lead to a "backdoor travel ban" that could reignite the heated debate over Trump's efforts to limit immigration in the name of national security. For example, Iraq was one of the country's targeted by Trump's first travel ban signed on Jan. 27 but was removed from the revised travel ban signed on March 6 after negotiations.
June 22, 2017 19:07 UTC
On the margins of EU leaders summit in Brussels on Wednesday, the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj met with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the European Parliament's President Antonio Tajani, Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, and others. The meetings revolved around Libya's political crisis, international and EU support for Libya in security and rebuilding military institutions, as well as in fighting illegal immigration with the EU financial and security support, let alone addressing the humanitarian issues of the migrants. The Italian PM, Gentiloni, also reiterated his country's support for Al-Sirraj's government, stressing the need for stability in Libya. Al-Sirraj is participating in the EU leaders summit in Brussels about the issue of illegal immigration. He said in his speech Wednesday that Libya rejects resettling immigrants in the country, calling for more support and funding to improve the conditions of the immigrants centers in Libya to pave the way for their eventual return to their countries of origin.
June 22, 2017 17:46 UTC
The first Arab Gulf Oil Company flights took to the sky on Tuesday from Benina International Airport to the oil fields after a three-year suspension. -----------------------------------------------Air traffic returned to Matiga airport hours after flights were diverted to Misrata airport Late Wednesday night. The information office of Misrata International Airport confirmed on its official Facebook page that the transfer of flights from Matiga to Misrata Airport was due to security conditions, without giving further clarification. -----------------------------------------------The deputy director of the sports city in Tripoli, Ahmed Hassouna, confirmed that the decision was made to stop all football matches at Tripoli International Stadium until maintenance procedures were completed. -----------------------------------------------The administration of Ibn Sina Trainee Medical Hospital in Sirte received a shipment of medical aid provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday.
June 22, 2017 13:18 UTC
Once again, the Libyan Al-Ahli Tripoli thrashed Zimbabwean CAPS United F.C 4-2 in the second leg match in Sfax, Tunisia as part of the fourth round of group 2 at CAF Champions League. Al-Ahli Tripoli won 4-2 agaisnt Zimbabwean CAPS United F.C in the first leg match.
June 22, 2017 12:22 UTC
Dozens of angry protesters stormed Zintan Municipality building on Tuesday, demanding improved living conditions ahead of Eid celebrations next week. The protesters held their municipal council responsible for the deterioration of living conditions, including the severe cash shortage that is plaguing not only Zintan, but the entire country. Eyewitnesses said the protesters assaulted the municipal staff and caused damage to the equipment and furniture of the offices. Zintan Municipality denounced the attack on the building and confirmed in statement that it has no link to the banking system. “The attack on the municipality and its staff is a wrong reaction,” read a statement posted on the official Facebook page of Zintan Municipality.
June 21, 2017 22:18 UTC
An armed group attacked fuel trucks belonging to the Arab Association for Oil Transport in Bay valley, southwest of Sirte, while on their way to the oil depots in Sabha, the Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee (FAGCC) said on its Facebook page on Wednesday. According to the source, two trucks loaded with 100,000 litres of fuel were stopped and seized. One of the drivers managed to escape, while the other one's fate is still unknown. The identity of the gangsters is still unknown, but there are fears they are a group of ISIS fugitives. “Therefore, we are obliged to stop the supplying of fuel and gas to the south until urgent measures are taken for the protection of oil truck drivers from looting gangs.” The FAGCC said.
June 21, 2017 19:52 UTC