The head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, said on Wednesday that Libyan oil production amounted to approximately one million barrels per day, adding that the target for the NOC is to raise production to 1.25 million barrels per day by the end of 2017, which Sanallah said would be very difficult. Sanallah stated in a press conference that the NOC received only 25 percent of its budget for 2017, adding that Libyan representatives explained to OPEC and non-OPEC members, the challenges in the production of oil and they understood those challenges.
October 12, 2017 13:07 UTC
Reuters has reported that EU officials have expressed their intention to reopen their office in Libya if the security situation in the country continues to improve. The media outlet also said that the decision to return came in an effort to provide support to the government, adding that the EU had indicated, in a joint statement, that they will be announcing at their summit in Brussels on the 19th and 20th October, their encouragement at the idea of establishing a permanent presence for the European Union in Libya soon.
October 12, 2017 12:56 UTC
TUNIS, Tunisia — A 3-year-old Tunisian orphan whose parents left home to join the Islamic State group has returned to his grandfather's custody after over a year in a Libyan prison. Tamim's grandfather, Faouzi Trabelsi, has fought to recover the child since learning last fall that his mother and father had died in an airstrike on a Libyan Islamic State camp in February 2016. Tamim is among hundreds of children fathered by Islamic State's foreign fighters or brought to the self-proclaimed caliphate. At the time, Tunisian authorities said 44 Tunisian children were being held in Tripoli and elsewhere, some with their mothers. In Iraq, wives and children of Islamic State's foreign fighters have been rounded up into camps while their cases are sorted.
October 12, 2017 11:03 UTC
The United Nations is controlled by the great powers, which are intrinsically linked to world Zionism, therefore, it will have no sympathy for our situation, nor would it pay attention to our pain or the suffering of the vulnerable. - The United Nations knows that Haftar turned on legitimacy in February 2014, where the National General Congress was the only elected body in Libya at that time. - The United Nations knows that stability will only be achieved by applying the law! Is this the work of someone who wants reconciliation and stability in Libya?! Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Libya Observer
October 12, 2017 09:00 UTC
"Madam Secretary" continues its fourth season with a new crisis in Libya. The episode, titled "Off the Record," will show McCord working in Libya to help negotiate an end to its civil war. However, her work to save the world will take a backseat to a more immediate crisis that she will face, a car accident. Additionally, the vehicular accident may bring memories of the car accident that took the lives of her parents. Earlier this week, the series premiered its fourth season with an episode that tackled a very concerning issue in the real world today, fake news.
October 12, 2017 08:15 UTC
What Khawaja has said is the only way to end the blame-game and moving towards finding an amicable solution to the Afghan conundrum. Its attitude towards Pakistan is quintessential of the Wolf and Lamb story. Now some evidence has also emerged regarding US supporting Daesh (IS) in Afghanistan which testifies to my predictions about US designs. The emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan is going to have destabilising effect for the region as it has been in the Middle East. Reportedly the IS operatives have penetrated into almost all the Muslim countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan.
October 12, 2017 04:41 UTC
While the Trump administration has publicly resisted a major U.S. military role in Libya, the Pentagon wasted little time responding to the flurry of Islamic State activity there. Tunisian followers of Islamic State may now also be massing inside Libya because they fear imprisonment if they return home. President Trump has repeatedly expressed a vow to destroy Islamic State but is reluctant to expand the U.S. commitment to Libya. Islamic State fighters solidified their foothold in the country in 2015 after seizing Sirte that year. An established Islamic State outpost just over 700 miles from southern Europe’s borders prompted the Obama administration to take action.
October 12, 2017 01:18 UTC
The most pressing needs for those displaced or returning include temporary shelter, core relief items (CRIs) and medical support for specific cases. Today, UNHCR delivered 500 CRI kits to local authorities coordinating the IDP response. UNHCR’s responseToday, at the Dahman assembly point, UNHCR distributed CRIs (including blankets, hygiene kits, clothing, and medical supplies). At Gharyan, UNHCR distributed 200 CRI kits (including clothing, hygiene kits, sleeping mats, mattresses and baby kits) and is planning for a food distribution over the coming days. At Triq al Matar, UNHCR distributed 500 CRI kits.
October 11, 2017 22:18 UTC
The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) has expressed dismay at the arbitrary arrest of four journalists including three women while covering Hun Cultural and Touristic Festival. The arrest was conducted by fighters from Al-Jufra Operations Room, which is part of Khalifa Haftar's forces in east Libya. "Those are additional crimes to be added to the series of violations against journalists, media figures and civil societies' activists, especially in east Libya as part of the crack down on freedom of press in Libya." Meanwhile, journalists from Tripoli were arrested while covering Autumn Festival in Hun town by a group dressed in military police uniforms, who are part to Haftar’s forces, who used swear words to insult the journalists. The military police personnel gave no clear charges against the journalists, who were released the next day and then went back to Tripoli.
October 11, 2017 20:37 UTC
The Sirte Operations Room of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos Operation has announced ending the curfew in the city and its suburbs. On Wednesday, the Security Chief of Sirte Colonel Al-Sidiq Bin Saud said that the security deteriorate and the operations room both agreed to end the restriction on cars' movement at night inside Sirte and the coastal road leading to it. The national security department as well as the field operations room in Sirte announced on October 04 a curfew in the city and its suburbs as well as the coastal road from 9.00 pm to 6.00 am, then made it from 11.00 pm to 6.00 am. The restriction on the movement of the vehicles came after the suicide attack that rocked the courthouse in Misrata on last Wednesday, when 4 were killed and over 40 injured.
October 11, 2017 20:26 UTC
Libya’s Mufti, Al-Sadiq Al-Gharyani, has said that Skhirat-signed Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) is not a luxurious privilege for Libyans. "That agreement has not even brought stability or accord to Libya." “The UN’s project fueled conflicts in Libya and did not aim to bring about accord.” The Mufi adds. He indicated, pointing out that the same strategy had been adopted in Ganfouda, Benghazi, before Derna. "The international community knows very clearly that Haftar had never fought terrorist before, yet no action."
October 11, 2017 19:52 UTC
UNESCO logo (file photo)CAIRO – 11 October 2017: New candidate for leadership of UNESCO, Hamd El Kowary, is suspected be involved in smuggling antiquities and ruining archeological sites in Iraq and Syria, according to a statement released on Wednesday.UNESCO previously called for a world campaign to preserve and protect heritage and antiquities globally. Qatar has been accused for smuggling Egyptian antiquities following the 25th January revolution.Some of the smuggled Egyptian antiquities were Islamic artifacts that were sold throughout international auctions. El Kowary has been suspected of smuggling artifacts and antiquities from all four countries Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt onto Israel and Qatar.The UNESCO is currently running elections for a new leader. Egypt’s candidate for the UNESCO Director-General post, Moushira Khattab, maintained the third rank with 12 votes out of 58, following the withdrawal of Polad Bülbüloğlu of Azerbaijan on Tuesday a few hours before the beginning of the second round. This marks a slight change from the first round when Khattab received 11 votes, Egypt Today reported earlier.Egyptian candidate Khattab received 12 votes, while Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kawari of Qatar ended up with 20 votes, Audrey Azoulay from France with 13 votes, Pham Sanh Chau of Vietnam with five votes, Qian Tang from China with five votes, and Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe from Lebanon with three votes.The Qatari candidate received 20 votes in the second round, raising questions about financial bribes, which the Qatari regime allegedly utilizes to buy supportive voices.
October 11, 2017 17:26 UTC
A gunman was killed and two security personnel were wounded in Misrata during a raid on a suspicious building west of the city. Media sources in the city stated that security forces arrested 13 armed men suspected of being members of ISIS in the district of Sakit after clashes that lasted for several hours. Security forces in Misrata have begun a crackdown on several of the city's security and military complexes following the bombing of the courthouse by ISIS last week.
October 11, 2017 14:15 UTC
The Special Deterrent Force handed over the Tunisian child, Tamim Jendoubi, who lost his parents in the clashes with ISIS in the town of Sabratha in early 2016, according to the official Facebook page of the force. The Special Deterrent Force explained that the extradition process was carried out in accordance with all legal procedures as the order was handed down by the Attorney General's Office. Tamim Jendoubi was handed over to his grandfather, Fawzi Trabelsi, in the presence of a delegation from the Tunisian government. The force added that the Tunisian delegation promised to complete any remaining procedures for the rest of the Tunisian prisoners with their children who are at Libyan jails.
October 11, 2017 14:03 UTC
Three people were injured by members of the Presidential Security Service of the House of Representatives during their participation in a protest in front of the House of Representatives in Tobruk demanding payment of their wages. Sources confirmed that the three injured were put in intensive care unit in the Tobruk Medical Center. The Protesters closed the House of Representatives building and prevented anyone from entering until negotiations began and they were persuaded to leave.
October 11, 2017 14:03 UTC