Canadian man travels to Turkey in effort to get aid to besieged family in Libya

A Canadian man whose family is trapped in a militant-controlled area in the Libyan city of Benghazi has travelled to Turkey in effort to assemble an aid shipment for civilians in the conflict-ridden neighbourhood. The Benghazi neighbourhood of Ganfouda in particular has been besieged for months by Libyan army troops that answer to a powerful military commander. "I made this journey to Turkey to make myself available with my family to take an action that saves lives." Hamza said he's heard of civilians in Ganfouda having to resort to eating leaves and drinking rainwater as supplies run out. "I said 'please, please, please contact Canada, tell them that a Canadian family is with you' and maybe a co-ordinated effort will ease the permission to bring the aid (into Libya)."

February 26, 2017 14:03 UTC

Indian doctor rescued from ISIS recounts horror, reveals terror group's 'plan' for India

Speaking to ANI exclusively, Ramamurthy said that the ISIS is aware about India and its development in education and economy. "These ISIS people are well-educated youngsters and they do know about India and its development and how it has developed in education, economy and everything else. The doctor went on the thank the Government of India, especially Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi, the National Security Advisor, the team of the officials worked for his release from ISIS. "I am so thankful to our Prime Minister and his team and other officials from the Indian Embassy. The doctor from Andhra Pradesh has been in Libya for the last 18 years and was put in jail by ISIS.

February 26, 2017 03:11 UTC

Garnada Prison: Missing inside it, reborn outside of it

Garnada Prison that is located in Garnada suburban town in Shahat city, eastern Libya, has become one of the worst notorious jails in Cyrenaica, Libya’s east. Garnada Prison is the place where screams of agony overlap with the smell of rottenness and blood. The picture of a young man whom I saw struggling his last breaths out due to the inhumane beating of a bearded man is fixed on my mind. The young man was being beaten because of his writings about Wali Al-Amer “the leader,” according to the Salafists. In Garnada Prison, there is no judge, lawyer, a prosecutor or anything like that.

February 25, 2017 18:28 UTC

Abu Salim mayor slams Libya Channel as poised on kindling violence in Tripoli

The mayor of Abu Salim municipality in Tripoli, Abdelrahman Al-Hamdi, has slammed Libyan Channel’s stance and “far-fetched” coverage of the Thursday-Friday clashes that took place in the district. Speaking on the phone on Libya Channel, Abu Salim mayor said the coverage and programs allocated on air on the channel for tracing the clashes in Abu Salim were aimed at igniting more violence and division between the two warring sides and providing the public with magnified fake news. On the phone with Libya Channel, Abu Salim mayor added that the reaction of the channel to the clashes in Tripoli was aimed at scoring some points to the benefit of the channel’s political agenda at the expense of the people living in the district. The two warring sides in Abu Salim reached late on Friday a ceasefire truce after two days of fighting. Related News:UAE sponsors Libyan TV stations and newspapers to create chaosAl-Thanni Local Government Ministry to sue Libya ChannelUAE-funded Libya Channel journalist faces criminal charges in Tripoli

February 25, 2017 16:07 UTC

News Roundup - Sat, Feb 25, 2017

The mayor of Abu Salim municipality in Tripoli, Abdelrahman Al-Hamdi, has slammed Libyan Channel’s stance and “far-fetched” coverage of the Thursday-Friday clashes that took place in the district. ____________________Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades announced late on Friday a tentative ceasefire deal in Abu Salim neighborhood following 2 days of heavy fighting. ____________________The National Guard (NG) deplored on Friday the heavy clashes in densely populated areas in Abu Salim neighborhood of Tripoli. Al-Jali was arrested on counts of treason along with 4 others from Martuba town, 27 km to Derna’s south. ___________________Al-Thanni-chaired eastern government’s Local Governing Ministry dismissed the elected mayor of Derna to replace him, as per decree No.09 for 2017, with Ehmid Fadlallah Trabeh and a deputy mayor, Abdelmonem Abdelrahman.

February 25, 2017 14:48 UTC

Rival factions reach tentative ceasefire in Libyan capital

Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades announced late on Friday a tentative ceasefire deal in Abu Salim neighborhood following 2 days of heavy fighting. According to the agreement, Al-Burki armed brigade would pull out of the former Anti-Terrorism HQs and relocate in the Military Police HQs, while Ganiewa armed brigade would pull forces to its main Barracks. “A team of observers would be formed to monitor the ceasefire and identify the group that violates the ceasefire,” the agreement reads. Clashes between Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades broke out on Thursday and continued until Friday evening. Related:Tripoli fighting continues for second dayNational Guard demands armed groups in Abu Salim to stop fighting

February 25, 2017 09:22 UTC

Dignity Operation militia executes captive with machine gun from point-blank range

A radical Salafist group fighting alongside Khalifa Haftar’s self-proclaimed “Libyan National Army” released on Friday an ISIS-style video showing chilling execution of a rival fighter in Benghazi. Tariq Ben Ziyad Fighting Brigade released the execution video of Mohammed Al-Maghorbi, known as Randa Al-Abad, a day after his arrest in Ajdabiya town. The rogue militia accused him of being a member of the radical group ISIS. A number of activists condemned the execution and the way it was done, saying he should have been put on trial. Khalifa Haftar's self-declared army is made up of different rogue groups and factions which are very hard to control.

February 24, 2017 20:06 UTC

National Guard demands armed groups in Abu Salim to stop fighting

The National Guard (NG) deplored on Friday the heavy clashes in densely populated areas in Abu Salim neighborhood of Tripoli. The NG urged in a statement the Interior Ministry to curb the warring groups, which it said “operate under the ministry.”It also asked the ministry to set up a probe into the clashes and bring the wrongdoers to justice. “We are exerting efforts to stop the fighting in coordination with the elders of Abu Salim,” the NG statement reads. The National Guard warned that if the clashes did not stop, it would intervene to protect the civilians and state properties, and bring the fighting to an end. Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades continued Friday their heavy exchange of fire for the second day leaving around 10 gunmen from both sides dead.

February 24, 2017 18:56 UTC

Libyan Investment Authority; Future Investments or Benefit to the Elite

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) staff at Tripoli Tower was surprised when previous Chairperson of the Authority, Mr. Abdel Majid Breish, and a local Al Nawasi militia forced their way into Briesh’s former offices and secured the building. Despite being appointed by the Government of National Accord and its head Mr. Fayez Al Seraj, current Chairperson Mr. Ali Mahmud was asked by the militia to vacate his office immediately. This move has once again put LIA and its investments in harm’s way and has further shaken the organization’s credibility in the finance and investment world. During my research, there has never been an investment fund or a company that has seen such a volatile change in its executive leadership. At this point, my biggest fear is that substantial funds held by the LIA may fall into the wrong hands.

February 24, 2017 17:42 UTC

Tunisia overwhelmed, divided over returning extremists

The first protest, held after a Tunisian follower of Islamic State attacked the Berlin Christmas market, drew just a few hundred; the second a href=',000-Tunisians-...'No"attracted upward of 1,000/a. In 2015, a Tunisian trained in an Islamic State camp in Libya opened fire on a beach, picking off tourists as they sunbathed. In March this year, Islamic State fighters attacked the border garrison of Ben Gardane, and 55 people died in the ensuing fight. He was intercepted first by Islamic State extremists, who killed four of his friends, and then detained by Syrian government forces. The man who persuaded Mohammed to leave for Syria ultimately died there himself more recently, fighting for the Islamic State group.

February 24, 2017 17:21 UTC

Tripoli fighting continues for second day

Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades continued Friday their heavy exchange of fire in Tripoli for the second day. Both rival groups engaged in heavy street fighting in Abu Salim neighborhood leaving around 10 gunmen from both sides dead. The two warring groups traded accusations over abduction of their fighters, igniting the clashes in densely populated areas. The Libyan Red Crescent managed to evacuate a family from the clashes zone while many others are still trapped. Ganiewa armed group, which is under the Interior Ministry of Presidency Council, claimed on Friday its control of Al-Burki’s barracks, but the latter was quick to deny this.

February 24, 2017 14:15 UTC

13 Europe-bound migrants suffocate in Libya container

13 Europe-bound migrants suffocate in Libya containerThe bodies of 13 migrants, including two teenagers, who died of suffocation in a shipping container bound for Europe have been found in Libya and 56 survivors rescued, aid officials said Thursday. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), citing the Libyan Red Crescent, said on its website that the African migrants had been trapped for “four days” in the metal container. The migrants were found early Tuesday in the coastal town of Khoms, east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, Mohamad al-Misrati, a Red Crescent spokesman in Libya, told AFP. Among them were 13 bodies, including those of a girl, 13, and a 14-year-old boy. The Red Crescent branch at Khoms said on its Facebook page that the survivors and the 13 bodies were found “dumped” outside a detention centre for migrants in the town.

February 24, 2017 09:14 UTC

East Libya imposes travel curbs for those aged between 18 and 45

Libya has banned men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 from travelling abroad without 'security clearance'Authorities in control of eastern Libya on Thursday imposed foreign travel curbs on residents aged between 18 and 45, saying they would need "security clearance. "The region's military chief of staff, Abdelrazzak Al-Naduri, said the aim of the move was to prevent people from joining terrorist groups abroad.“Libyan men and women aged between 18 and 45 are forbidden from leaving the country without prior security clearance from the relevant authorities, in order to put in place the necessary regulations to confront dangers from abroad which threaten national security,” he said.The permits are to be issued by the intelligence services.Libya has rival administrations in the east and west, and much of the country is effectively controlled by militias.The new order comes days after a controversial ban on women's travel was introduced, and quickly suspended.That order, also issued by the authorities in eastern Libya, prevented women under 60 from travelling without a male companion.Libyans in other parts of the country are unlikely to be affected by the new ban, because the two rival centres of power do not recognise each other's authority.The new order is likely to be a temporary one, the BBC reported, citing a military source, and that most travellers would be able to obtain a security clearance within a day.It is not clear, however, what the criteria for a travel permit would be.Libya has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 toppling of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with rival authorities and militias battling for control of the oil-rich country.Eastern Libya is under the control of strongman commander Khalifa Hafter, who is leading the battle against Islamist militias. His government has refused to recognise a UN-backed unity government in the capital Tripoli.The power vacuum created after Gaddafi's fall allowed the Islamic State group to gain a foothold in the country, adding to an already volatile situation.An estimated 400,000 Libyans have also been internally displaced during the conflict.The situation has led to a flood of migrants attempting to travel to Italy by boat, often with fatal consequences.

February 24, 2017 07:15 UTC

Libya 6 years after: A success or failure?

In Libya, rebels backed by some world powers and NATO ousted the regime of Colonel Gaddafi. Today, Libya is divided with each part controlled by armed militia groups, warlords, tribal leaders and city councils. During the 40 years rule of Colonel Gaddafi, he constructed the world’s largest man made dam in Libya. The country is now home to the world largest arms cache, weapon trading is a common feature and a haven for terrorists including ISIS. And finally, was the revolution a success or a failure?

February 24, 2017 02:37 UTC

Heavy fighting erupts in Libyan capital

Clashes broke out between rival factions in Abu Salim neighbourhood of Tripoli on Thursday, eyewitnesses said. Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades exchanged fire and random shelling in highly populated areas causing panic among local residents. Tanks and trucks mounted with heavy machine guns were seen roaming the streets. The Libyan Red Crescent warned local residents near the clashes zone to stay at home and keep away from windows while it tries to find a safe corridor for them. The reason behind the clashes is not clear, but sources claimed it is related to exchange of abduction of fighters by both warring factions.

February 23, 2017 21:32 UTC

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