Dignity Operation spokesman: Fighting Presidential Council forces is looming

The spokesman of the Khalifa Haftar’s Dignity Operation forces, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said a number of forces supported by Fayez Al-Siraaj and the UN-proposed government’s defense minister-designate, Mihdi Al-Barghathi, are now positioned in Al-Jufra along with Ibrahim Jodran forces as well as Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group. “Fight between our forces and those of the UN-proposed government is drawing nigh.” Al-Mismari told Al-Ahram. As part of the force of Dignity Operation leaders’ habit, Al-Mismari claimed that they control most of the western region’s cities and all Tripoli residents support their operation, adding that Tajoura residents took to the streets with photos of Khalifa Haftar in hand. News has it that a mobilization of forces is underway by some brigades backed by Al-Barghathi to attack the oil terminals to regain control of them and kick out Dignity Operation forces, which were deemed as foreign mercenaries by Al-Barghathi in a presser last week. Prior to Al-Barghathi’s presser, Haftar’s forces had killed and kidnapped a number of Brigade 204 Tanks fighters, who are loyal to Al-Barghathi.

November 13, 2016 19:28 UTC

Tripoli: Protestors demand end to siege of Derna and Ganfouda

Several protestors organized a sit-in Sunday in Tripoli to show solidarity with the residents of Derna and Ganfouda, holding slogans urging for the end of the siege laid on the tow areas and for getting the trapped civilians out of there to avoid the bombing that has so far killed many people and destroyed many houses. The protestors, who were in Tripoli’s Martyrs Square, denounced the ever-happening airstrikes by Khalifa Haftar’s militias along with the supporting foreign warplanes. They also condemned the intentional silence of the international community and the local authorities toward the siege of the two areas in eastern Libya. Six months and counting, the residential area of Ganfouda in Benghazi has been a helpless target of the Haftar and foreign air attacks. “We have 7000 fighters in the Green Mountain area right now.” He indicated.

November 13, 2016 16:03 UTC

Horrific scenes emerge of UAE airstrikes on Benghazi's Ganfouda

An UAE Air-Tractor AT-802 conducted an airstrike on besieged district of Ganfounda in Benghazi on Saturday leaving a civilian's house and foreign workers' residence in ruin. Local sources said a man and his two daughters were killed while another daughter had suffered severe wounds. One Chadian worker was also killed, the sources confirmed. Amnesty International warned in October that life of hundreds of local and foreign civilians in Ganfouda is in danger following months of blockade and air bombing by Dignity Operation and its foreign allies. Dignity Operation poured scorn on Amnesty International report and confirmed that airstrikes would continue to kill what it described as Ganfouda terrorists.

November 13, 2016 10:21 UTC

Sawan hints at foreseeable dissolution of HoR if remains at odds with political agreement

The Head of Justice and Construction Party, Mohammed Sawan, confirmed that all of the Malta-hosted dialogue meeting had consented on the necessity of amending the constitutional declaration by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). Sawan’s words came after the end of the dialogue session held on Thursday and Friday in Valletta, Malta. “The dialogue participants must then look for an alternative for the HoR, such as regarding the HoR members who are taking part now in the dialogue and who support the agreement as the HoR as a whole.” Sawan proposed. Tobruk-based HoR is still protracting the amendment of the constitutional declaration, which would see the Skhirat-signed agreement becoming part of it. The HoR voted no confidence for the UN-proposed government more than a couple of months ago, which is considered a violation of the political agreement that is supposed to be the granter of legitimacy to the HoR.

November 12, 2016 18:44 UTC

Libya beat 0-1 by Tunisia in second 2018 World Cup qualifier

The Libyan national football team lost its second 2018 World Cup qualifier to Tunisia 0-1 on Friday in Algeria’s capital. The Mediterranean knights put out decent performance and scored a goal in the first half but was cancelled by the Kenyan referee on dubious account of an offside to end the first half 0-0. In the second half, Libya performance slid and made a handful of mistakes including the defender Ali Salama’s mistake in the penalty area, which caused him a red card and his team a goal scored by the Tunisian Wahby Al-Kharzy, ending the match 1-0 for Tunisia. With the second loss, Libya’s chances to get through to the 2018 Russia World Cup have shrunk sharply as it has been now placed at the bottom of Group A with zero points, while Tunisia has topped the group with 6 points before Guinea vs DR Congo on Sunday.

November 12, 2016 16:45 UTC

News Roundup - Sat, Nov 12, 2016

___________________The Libyan national football team lost its second 2018 World Cup qualifier to Tunisia 0-1 on Friday in Algeria’s capital. Since the Dignity Operation forces laid their siege on Derna, they had been positioned in the Derna University Campus in Al-Fatayeh after Dena Shura Council fighters kicked out IS diehards from it. Meanwhile, Benghazi media sources confirmed that a number of rockets targeted Al-Naher road near Leethi district in the city causing only material damage. The second round will see the eastern and western groups playing after the end of the five-team tournament. ___________________UK embassy in Tripoli commemorated the death anniversary of the Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on November 11 during the WWII in Libya.

November 12, 2016 15:11 UTC

In Libya: ISIS cornered but undefeated 6 months into battle

In Libya: ISIS cornered but undefeated 6 months into battleAs for IS, the jihadists do not disclose their casualties but Issa gave an estimate of between 1,800 and 2,000 dead. After a swift initial thrust into the Islamic State group’s bastion in Libya, six months on unity government forces still face dogged resistance from jihadist holdouts cornered in the Mediterranean city of Sirte. Forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) announced the launch of the battle for Sirte, 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of Tripoli, on May 12. Within weeks, GNA forces recaptured large chunks of the coastal city that IS jihadists had seized in June 2015 as a staging post for an expansion into North Africa. As for IS, the jihadists do not disclose their casualties but Issa gave an estimate of between 1,800 and 2,000 dead.

November 11, 2016 13:53 UTC

ICC ponders issuing arrest warrants to apprehend war criminals in Libya

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, confirmed Wednesday that her office is mulling over getting the go-ahead for issuing new arrest warrants to apprehend whom she described as war criminals in Libya. “Our office’s efforts are underway and have progressed remarkably in terms of being close to arrest suspects of war crimes in Libya.” Bensouda added. In her statement, Bensouda said the implementation of the arrest warrants will be done in an irrevocable manner and at the right time, which will require well-organized efforts by different countries and good support from the UN Security Council. “Libya is the ICC’s priority for the next year.” The ICC Prosecutor remarked. She added that the ICC decided to boost the budget allocated to the Libya office as the shortage of financial support will negatively influence the wheeling forth of the investigations on crimes and other violations.

November 10, 2016 21:02 UTC

Video: Foreign ambassadors present credentials in Tripoli

A credentialing ceremony for 4 new ambassadors was held in Tripoli’s Red Castle on Thursday. The historical Saraya Hamra building had undergone maintenance last week in preparation for the arrival of ambassadors of Yemen, Turkey, Austria and Canada with another group of ambassadors set to arrive next week, according to foreign ministry sources. Speaking to journalists, Turkish ambassador Ahmet Aydın Doğan said his embassy would be reopened in Tripoli in two weeks’ time and that he would exert effort to facilitate visa procedures. The Canadian ambassador David Sproule expected his embassy to reopen in 2017. The Saraya Hamra building was chosen because of its historic links to an era when the Ottomans and King Idris would welcome foreign dignitaries and diplomats there.

November 10, 2016 17:22 UTC

General Assembly of National Association of Municipalities convenes first meeting in Gharyan

The General Assembly of National Association of Municipalities has convened its first meeting in the presence of 26 municipalities from across Libya. The meeting took place Thursday at Gharyan municipality building. Where discussion of the short-term plans for the association were conducted. The attendees agreed that a second meeting is going to take place on November 19 at Tripoli Municipality headquarters to pick the members of the General Assembly of the National Association of Municipalities and to form a committee that can help reopen the coastal road. They also agreed that the would-be elected committee will discuss the proposal of Zliten Municipality to look for funding sources and development projects within the municipalities as well as to look into the new membership applications.

November 10, 2016 17:13 UTC

Malta hosts UN-led political dialogue on Libya • Vella warns against partitioning country

Libya’s ‘precarious and very difficult’ situation this morning during a political dialogue meeting which included UN special envoy Martin KoblerI want to express my gratitude for the Govt of #Malta and FM #Vella for hosting this mtg. It is in your interest to do it. Do it, not for us, but for yourselves, for your children, for your country and for future generations. Reason should prevail over hard-headedness, hope over fear, and dialogue and understanding over fighting and violence,” the minister said.Vella said that recent talk of a possible partitioning of the country would bring disastrous consequences to all Libyans. “On the contrary, Libya should remain intact, and all efforts must be dedicated towards preserving the total unity and territorial integrity of Libya.”The meeting comes in the wake of a deteriorating political situation in Libya.

November 10, 2016 14:01 UTC

LYD4 million robbed on the Western Mountain highway

A 4 million dinar allocation assigned to Jomhouriya Bank branches in Gharyan, Asabiya, Al-Shaqiqa, and the Islamic Bank in Gharyan was robbed by unidentified gunmen. The Libyan News Agency (LANA) reported the Manager of the Jomhouriya Bank branches in the Western Mountain region, Abdelkareem Entat, who confirmed that the bank allocation was on its way to the administration headquarters in Gharyan coming from Zintan. “The money was robbed by unknown gunmen on Tuesday while it drove through Al-Ghanayma town.” Entat added, saying all the security apparatuses were informed where the robbery took place and investigation is underway. Jomhouriya Bank branches and the Islamic Bank in Gharyan shut their doors for the public on Wednesday morning in protest to the deterioration of security and the recurrent robberies of the banks’ cash allocations.

November 09, 2016 19:05 UTC

News Roundup - Wed, Nov 09, 2016

______________________________An uneasy calm has descended on Al-Zawiya city and armed clashes have ceased, according to sources from the city. ______________________________Work has been resumed in the main oil tank in the Tobruk-based Hariga oil port (also known as tank no.9) after it has been serviced. ______________________________The member of Tobruk’s House of Representatives, Tariq Al-Jarushi, said Tuesday that the UN-proposed government’s defense minister-designate, Mihdi Al-Barghathi’s statements were stimulated by foreign ambassadors and intelligence apparatuses. _____________________________The car of the political consultant at the Libyan Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Anam Yaga, exploded Wednesday. ______________________________The spokesman of the Dignity Operation forces, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said Egypt provided ammunition and weapons overhaul equipment for what he described as the Libyan Army Forces.

November 09, 2016 14:57 UTC

Trump's challenge: Can he sort out the mess left in Libya?

ISIS has the oil," Trump said at a rally in May 2016. One statistic that sums up LibyaOil production in Libya is now one-fifth what it was under former leader Moammar Gadhafi. What should be Trump's top priority on Libya in the first 100 days? Another challenge will be to eradicate ISIS from Libya . If Libya was Trump's number one priority, one term could be enough to put the country back on track, but it is not.

November 09, 2016 13:08 UTC

[WATCH] Former Prime Minister says Malta should offer medical aid to ISIS soldiers

Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici says Malta should offer medical aid to ISIS soldiers fighting in Libyan civil war, accuses Maltese government of backing EU's anti-Russia policiesKarmenu Mifsud Bonnici says he is glad Malta only EU country not part of anti-IS coalitionFormer Prime Minister Karmenu Mifusd Bonnici tore into Malta's foreign policy, accusing the government of breaching the country's constitutional neutrality by supporting a war between the West and Russia and by not offering medical aid to injured ISIS soldiers.In a press conference, Mifsud Bonnici - now leader of the Campaign for National Independence – lambasted Malta for supporting Western interventionist policies in Iraq, Libya and Syria. "Instead of pressuring countries to disarm themselves, Malta has supported the EU's policy to arm countries that lie on the border with Russia, a policy that will see the EU move closer to a war against Russia. "He harshly criticised foreign affairs minister George Vella’s recent announcement that Malta will not allow Russian warships to refuel in the island on their way to Syria as [Malta] “party to the obscenities being committed in Aleppo”.“Atrocities in Aleppo are not only being committed by the Russian and Syrian governments, but by the Islamic extremists they are fighting against,” he said. “Moreover, the Iraqi government – with the aid of the USA and Europe – is bombing Mosul in Iraq [a city held by IS], which also constitutes war atrocities. Therefore, if Malta refuses to allow Russian warships to refuel in our ports, then logic states that it should also close the ports to Western warships.”

November 09, 2016 10:48 UTC

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