This came during a telephone conversation with the US Deputy Ambassador and Chargé d'Affaires to Libya, Joshua Harris, to discuss the developing situation on the Libyan arena. Sewehli commended the US position with respect to calling on Haftar to stop his attack on Tripoli and for its support for Libya's sovereignty against Russian negative intervention attempts. Sewehli further emphasized the importance for the US to develop its position against Russian intervention in support of Haftar. "This has exacerbated the crisis and increased the humanitarian cost, as a result of indiscriminate artillery shelling supervised by Russian mercenaries," he said. The Deputy Ambassador praised the close cooperation between the United States of America and the forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) - Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous- in the 2016 military operations against ISIS in the city of Sirte, which defeated the largest ISIS stronghold outside Syria and Iraq.
November 21, 2019 09:56 UTC
The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha has unveiled links between two Russians arrested for spying in Tripoli earlier this year and Wagner Group whose mercenaries are fighting for Khalifa Haftar's forces in southern Tripoli. Bloomberg said previously that the detained Russians had met twice in the months before their arrest with Saif Gaddafi with support from Russian officials, saying Saif is believed to be seeking a political comeback. The Russians were arrested with some laptops and USBs that prove they were working for a company that works to influence elections in African countries, including Libya. A third Russian national managed to leave Libya before the Libyan security forces had stormed his house, Bloomberg said. Bashagha accused Russia earlier of trying to help Gaddafi loyalists to return to the scene in Libya.
November 20, 2019 18:22 UTC
The commander of the Sabha military zone of the Presidential Council's government Ali Kanna has called on the southern Libyan military units fighting for Khalifa Haftar's forces in their attack against Tripoli to immediately withdraw. Kanna told reporters that Sabha military zone is with the Libyan Army of the Presidential Council's government in defending the capital in coordination with central and western military zones. "All security forces in the south should be on alert to secure the southern region, oil fields and vital institutions. Meanwhile, the recruits of the Sabha military zone warned against any attacks that destabilize the southern region in Libya. They said in a televised statement on Tuesday that they were ready to secure the southern region and to execute the orders of the Sabha military zone commander.
November 20, 2019 18:00 UTC
Libyan national soccer team won 2-1 against Tanzania on Tuesday in Tunisia as part of the second round of qualifiers of Group 10 of African Cup of Nations that will be held in Cameroon 2021. Libya tried from the beginning whistle to secure a winning goal to boost its chances to qualify for AFCON 2021 after losing to Tunisia 1-4 days ago in the first round. However, Tanzania managed the first goal at the minute 18 on penalty to end the first half with a lot of pressure. In the second half, Sanad Al-Werfalli scored the drawing goal for the Mediterranean Knights at the minute 68 and then Anis Salto scored the winning goal for Libya at the minute 81. Libya reached by this win 3 points and shared the second position with Tanzania which also has 3 points as Tunisia tops the group with 6 points and Equatorial Guinea with 0 points.
November 20, 2019 17:26 UTC
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and to spare oil facilities the armed clashes, after a shell fell in the yard of Brega Company. "A shell fell in the yard of Brega Company's warehouse, located in the Airport Road and was close to hitting the gas filling units, which could have easily spelled disaster," NOC stated Tuesday. It also commended the work of the company's firefighters team and said they were masters in damage control, quoting its president Mustafa Sanallah as saying that "such shells may have caused a true disaster", "Without the courage and experience of those firefighters, the fire would have reached hundreds of full gas cylinders that were ready for distribution," NOC head stressed.
November 20, 2019 11:25 UTC
The European Union has condemned the bombing of a food factory in Wadi Rabi area, south of Tripoli, offering condolences to the families of the victims. "The international humanitarian law must be respected and those who violate it should be held accountable," the EU stressed in a statement Tuesday, underlining that effective and urgent measures must be taken, in order to ensure the safety of civilians. The statement added that this attack and similar precedents, which targeted civilian areas in Tripoli and its suburbs, indicate the urgency of a political solution, and recalls that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis. "It is necessary to cease immediately all acts of violence and return to the political process mediated by the United Nations," the statement reads, reaffirming its continued support for the UN envoy to put the political process back on track. It also considered the Berlin Initiative as an opportunity to end the dispute, address the drivers of conflict, and chart a way forward for stability.
November 20, 2019 11:03 UTC
The Presidential Council (PC) has condemned the aerial bombardment, which it said was as a “terrorist attack conducted by a foreign aircraft” that targeted the main stores of the Administrative Centers Development Agency in Misurata city. "This offensive was yet another terrorist act added to a series of attacks on airports, hospitals, schools, government facilities, and private property," the PC stated. It called on the UN Mission in Libya to assume its responsibilities in calling on the UN Security Council to activate its resolutions and take a firm and deterrent stand towards the "war criminal and his militias," according to the statement.
November 20, 2019 09:06 UTC
Foreign Minister, Mohamed Sayala has discussed with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres the latest developments on the ground and the humanitarian situation in Libya. During the meeting, Sayala briefed the UN chief on the effects of the war waged on Tripoli, and the tragic human and property cost of such offensive, including attacks on medical facilities and staff, and the targeting of civilian facilities, the latest of which was a food factory. He also highlighted the negative effect of the involvement of foreign fighters in the Libyan conflict -in reference to Russian and African mercenaries fighting alongside Haftar's militias- and the need to alert the countries concerned.
November 20, 2019 09:00 UTC
Despite escalation in Libya’s aerial fighting, Salame optimistic about Berlin conferenceBy Sami Zaptia. Nevertheless, Salame was still optimistic that the forthcoming Berlin conference on Libya will bring some positive results and he called on the international community to unite to help Libya end its conflict and begin dialogue. There is a scope for agreement on ending the conflict and the basis for returning to the political process. I am pleased to report that efforts continue to support the political process. The United Nations is in Libya, and will remain in Libya, to support the Libyan people on their journey.
November 19, 2019 20:48 UTC
A secret deal between Khalifa Haftar and figures from the Moammar Gaddafi-era Revolutionary Committees has been signed in the UAE, Libya Al-Ahrar TV Channel has reported. The Revolutionary Committees' figures met with Haftar and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Aqila Saleh in Abu Dhabi to coordinate more regarding the offensive against Tripoli, the channel added. "Haftar proposed to share power in Libya with the figures of the Revolutionary Committees and to enable the Gaddafi loyalists to regain power in Libya in return for having their support in the ongoing fighting." It added that the leader at the Gaddafi-era Revolutionary Committees Mustafa Al-Zaydi was one of people who arrived in Abu Dhabi, coming from Cairo, to meet with Haftar. The movement, whose members are mostly from the Gaddafi-era Revolutionary Committees that are involved in many human rights violations and crimes, said in a statement that supporting Haftar's forces is a strategic decision and needs no political deals.
November 19, 2019 18:56 UTC
Onboard the Ocean Viking – Ninety-four refugees and migrants, which includes 4 pregnant females, have been rescued by a charity ship off the coast of Libya. The Ocean Viking, operated jointly by SOS Mediterranee and Medical professionals Without having Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), carried out Tuesday’s rescue mission following remaining notified of a boat in distress at 4am nearby time (03: 00 GMT). Much more:Migrants trapped at sea aboard rescue ship Ocean Viking for 11 daysOcean Viking migrant rescue ship ‘not allowed’ to refuel in MaltaMalta accepts some migrants and refugees from Ocean Viking“We had been copied on an electronic mail despatched to the Libyan coastguard by AlarmPhone this morning. “Everyone’s issue is stable,” reported Michael Fark, the MSF’s project coordinator onboard the Ocean Viking, adding that one of the ladies was greatly expecting. It was the liable issue to do.”The Ocean Viking has rescued more than 1,000 persons considering the fact that it began operations in August this year.
November 19, 2019 13:12 UTC
Ras Lanuf Commercial Port has received the cargo ship “Sun Discovery” carrying operational materials for the industrial complex of the city, after 9 years of suspension at the port. The vessel is the first cargo ship carrying goods belonging to Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Company to enter the port since it halted operations in 2010, according to the port's management,It stressed that the reactivating of the port is an important step that would contribute to boosting the company's revenues, in addition, to help reduce the burden on the company and accelerate the arrival of all operational materials.
November 19, 2019 11:48 UTC
CAPMAS - File PhotoCAIRO, Nov 19 (MENA) - The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and fellow member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) hit dlrs 2.952 billion in 2018 compared with dlrs 2.233 billion in 2017, with an increase of 32.1 percent, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).In a report issued on Thursday on trade and economic ties between Egypt and the COMESA countries, CAPMAS said Egypt's exports to the COMESA states stood at dlrs 1.908 billion in 2018 compared with dlrs 1.628 billion in 2017 with an increase of 17.2 percent.Egypt's imports from the COMESA states in 2018 hit dlrs 1.44 billion in 2018, compared to dlrs 605 million in 2017, with an increase of 72.6 percent.The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area with twenty-one member states stretching from Tunisia to Eswatini. COMESA was formed in December 1994, replacing a Preferential Trade Area which had existed since 1981. Nine of the member states formed a free trade area in 2000 (Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe), with Rwanda and Burundi joining the FTA in 2004, the Comoros and Libya in 2006, Seychelles in 2009 and Tunisia and Somalia in 2018.COMESA is one of the pillars of the African Economic Community.In 2008, COMESA agreed to an expanded free-trade zone including members of two other African trade blocs, the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
November 19, 2019 11:15 UTC
The acting Minister of Education, Mohammed Amari Zayed has issued a decision to grant 25 additional degrees to students completing secondary education, who have entered the second round of exams. The minister's resolution issued under No 1, explains that the increase in the marks comes in recognition of the difficult times the students and their families are going through, in light of the current circumstances in the country, including displacement, lack of fuel, and mobility difficulties, as well as, the long hours of power outage, which has affected negatively the students' performance.
November 19, 2019 10:18 UTC
— Reuters picBENGHAZI, Nov 19 — East Libya-based forces said they had carried out air strikes on the port city of Misrata in the early hours today, targeting armoured vehicles delivered from Turkey and a munitions depot. The attempt by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) to take Tripoli quickly stalled, and both sides have used drones and fighter jets to carry out air strikes amid sporadic fighting. East Libyan officials had also warned of escalation after saying on Sunday that Misrata had seized a Libyan Airlines passenger jet that operates from the eastern city of Benghazi. Tripoli's Mitiga airport was shut following air strikes and shelling. Two of those killed were Libyan and the rest appeared to be migrant workers, according to local emergency services.
November 19, 2019 10:07 UTC