The National Oil Corporation continues to declare the force majeure on oil production from Al-Feel oil field, Mellitah Oil & Gas Company reported Sunday. Through its Facebook page, the company explained that the field could not be operated despite intensive mediation efforts led by elders in neighbouring towns. Al-Feel oil field has been closed for twenty five consecutive days by the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) of Fezzan. The command of PFG in Tripoli announced earlier that it had reached an agreement on reopening the field and resuming the export of oil within days, but this has not occurred to date.
March 19, 2018 12:33 UTC
A Spanish aid group says has seized one of its migrant rescue boats because it refused to cave in to death threats by the and hand over the migrants. Open Arms today confirmed reports that the rescue vessel Open Arms was sequestered Sunday in the and that Italian authorities are investigating the group for suspected criminal association and aiding illegal immigration. says the investigation stems from its refusal Thursday to hand over to Libya's 218 migrants it had just saved in international waters north ofIt says an armed Libyan boat Proactiva's crew with death if they wouldn't offload the rescued women and children. Instead, Open Arms brought the migrants to Pozzallo on Saturday. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
March 19, 2018 11:37 UTC
A bushfire broke out in the Green Mountain forests on Saturday in the area between Kirissah and Athrun towns in the east part of the country, causing irreplaceable loss to the forest cover in Libya, according to Alhaya Organization for Protection of Wildlife and Marine Organisms. On its Facebook page, the organization called on officials to take immediate measures to control the fires in order to preserve the remaining forests of the Green Mountain, one of the few forested areas in Libya, which is estimated at 1% of the country's territory. The organization questioned the fate of the budget allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture in 2013 for the purchase of five firefighting aircraft, according to information it had obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture in that period. The Green Mountain Forests are one of the unique types of forests noted for its abundance of distinctive flora, including the Phoenician tree, one of the most important, irreplaceable ingredient of land cover in the area, accounting for 70% of the total number of evergreen trees and shrubs in the Green Mountain.
March 19, 2018 09:00 UTC
Libya's Al-Ittihad lost 2-3 on penalties against Nigeria's Akwa United as part of the round of 32 of CAf Confederation Cup. The two teams finished the 90 minutes 1-0 for Akwa United. Libya's Al-Ittihad won the first leg match 1-0 in Sfax, Tunisia. Of a devastating impact were the referee's decisions toward Al-Ittihad players. The host, Akwa United, played well in the second half and scored a goal, then Al-Ittihad's Mohammed Al-Tabbal tied the score but the referee rushed to cancel the goal on - again - offside grounds, putting Al-Ittihad's players on fire.
March 18, 2018 19:52 UTC
The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) condemned the abduction of the Tripoli military prosecutor Masoud Erhouma, who was kidnapped from in front of his house last Thursday. The NCHRL said in a statement that such a kidnap is a serious indication that there is no respect for judiciary in Tripoli. "Since the military prosecutor is the top official of the military institution in Tripoli, his kidnap is undoubtedly an indicator of the fact that Tripoli is not safe due to abduction, arbitrary detentions and other crimes." It also said that the Presidential Council has done nothing to stop such crimes. "We call on the PC to quickly reveal the fate of the prosecutor, free him and bring to justice those who kidnapped him."
March 18, 2018 19:41 UTC
Egyptians living in Jordan cast their ballots for the presidential election at the Egyptian embassy in Amman. REUTERSCAIRO - 18 March 2018: The Ministry of Immigration continued to follow up on the third day of the 2018 presidential election abroad through its operation rooms. The ministry stated that it witnessed a high turnout of Egyptian expats particularly in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan.The room is fully equipped with the required devices to communicate and monitor the election process; in addition, it communicates with Egyptian embassies across the globe to resolve any obstacles that might hinder the process.The room has received 310 inquiries on Saturday and Sunday. The operation room was launched under directives from Makram, to ensure an easygoing ballot casting process for Egyptian expatriates.The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs has provided hotline numbers to receive any complaints from expatriates during the three-day voting process in the presidential election.The statement indicated the following numbers for complaints: 01289850655, 01008113352, 01553486360 and 01128856655. In her statements to Extra News channel, Makram described the turnout in the three Arab countries as “delightful,” adding that the countries have provided facilities for Egyptian nationals to participate in the elections.
March 18, 2018 18:33 UTC
Libyan Human Rights Solidarity (HRS) issued a report Saturday documenting kidnap and murder cases of political and criminal backgrounds during 2017, based on official and media reports. 744 violence victims across Libya; 78% of whom were civilians. Abductions reached 58% compared to other crimes, then 38% assassination and murder cases, while random gunshots’ victims were 4%, the report says. It adds that east Libya was the top with 58% of the cases, then western Libya with 27% and southern Libya with 15%. “Benghazi registered 144 cases as the top city with half of the cases being assassinations.
March 18, 2018 16:30 UTC
Chairman of the Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee of Brega Oil Marketing Company, Milad Al-Hijrsi, confirmed Saturday that an armed group of fuel smugglers kidnapped two fuel truck drivers in Aqar town near Barak Al-Shati in south Libya, adding that their fate is still unknown. Al-Hijrsi pointed out that the head of Sabha's oil depots, Abdul Qadir Mai, was also attacked by armed groups and smuggling gangs. "Despite the risks, the Committee is determined to deliver fuel to the entire southern region up to the cities of Qatron and Ghat and Tgrhi in the far south," he noted, insisting that there are other trucks waiting to join the fuel transport convoy to the south, in spite of all challenges.
March 18, 2018 15:57 UTC
Interior Minister, Abdel Salam Ashour, attended the international meeting on combating the smuggling of migrants, human trafficking, and related crimes, with the participation of the interior ministers of the countries of origin, transit and destination. The meeting, which was held in Niger's capital, Niamey on Friday, focused on identifying a common strategy to combat illegal immigration and smuggling networks, and to seek appropriate ways and means to combat this phenomenon effectively. Countries taking part in the meeting included the five Sahel states of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Libya, Algeria, Côte D'Ivoire, Guinea and Senegal, as well as France, Italy and Spain, in addition to representatives of the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations.
March 18, 2018 15:00 UTC
FILE: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh ShoukryCAIRO - 18 March 2018: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed have stressed deep ties binding their two countries in various fields.During a joint press conference held at the conclusion of expanded talks between the two sides Sunday, Shoukry said that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received the UAE foreign minister as the leadership in both countries asserted keenness on promoting bilateral cooperation.He touched upon similar points of view regarding challenges facing the two countries.Shoukry also praised UAE support for Egypt during a critical stage of its history.The meeting with Sheikh Abdullah also took up regional issues, topped by the Arab national security, as well as challenges in Yemen, Syria and Libya.For his part, the UAE foreign minister said his talks with Sisi and Shoukry focused on efforts to enhance bilateral relations and develop work between the two nations to counter challenges.The talks also took up threats posed by Israel, Iran and Turkey, as well as aggression on Arab territories and interference in Arab affairs.
March 18, 2018 14:37 UTC
The Commander of the Central Security Force in the western region, Hammadi Al-Dabbashi, said that his forces managed to free the security personnel and recover the cars that were seized during the tour of the President of the High Council of State, Abdul Rahman Al-Suweihli, to the Western (Nafousa) Mountain. In a statement Saturday, Al-Dabbashi said that the liberation process took place in cooperation with the Security Directorate of Thaher Al-Jabal just hours after the convoy was ambushed near Qawalish village.
March 18, 2018 14:26 UTC
The ministry of health of east-based interim government has rung alarm bells over the high incidents of death and poisoning that occurred from the use of fake black henna, warning of the dangerous chemical substances are being used in this product. The parallel Libyan News Agency reported that Marj Hospital received during February and March six cases in critical conditions as a result of using the black henna. The ministry pointed out that during the past years and until the beginning of March, the number of deaths due to using henna product has increased to 59 cases, in addition to 149 others in a state of intoxication and skin irritation, according to hospital statistics in a number of municipalities in the eastern region. Related News:Bride dies of toxic henna in east LibyaHenna application deaths raise concerns in east Libya
March 18, 2018 13:52 UTC
The five-member Union of Libyan World Heritage Municipalities has called for government measures to protect Libyan sites registered as World Heritage Centres, stressing the need for coordination and coherence between the relevant authorities in this matter. A member of the Union, Abu-ajaila Jaber, said the Union held its 3rd meeting in Sabratha, which included a scientific symposium and several working papers on the protection of archaeological sites presented by the Municipality of Shahhat, Tripoli Antiquities Office and Sabrata Antiquities Office, and in the presence of a number of specialists, professors, and other persons concerned. The Union is made up of municipalities of Al-Khums, Ghat, Ghadames, Shahat, and Sabratha. The archeological sites in these five cities have been placed in the UNESCO list of world heritage in danger since June 2016.
March 18, 2018 12:56 UTC
At least 4500 people have been displaced due to the clashes in the southern Libyan city of Sabha, the Assistant Director of the Health Services Department in the city, Salim Bashir, revealed. Bashir said the IDPs are from more than 300 families and that the Red Crescent Society provided them with assistance and free medical services in its clinics. He added that a local medical team volunteered to vaccinate the children of the displaced families in cooperation with the School Health Office in the city. “The medical team also donated blood pressure and diabetes testing equipment and performed more than 200 medical examinations for the displaced people, some of whom require intensive care.” He further said. Sabha has descended into tribal violence after fierce clashes between Awlad Suleiman tribe represented by the 6th Infantry Brigade and armed groups loyal to Tabu tribe.
March 18, 2018 12:33 UTC
Libya’s eastern-based army arrested 16 al-Qaida-linked foreign militants in the southern city of Kufra as they were trying to infiltrate into the country, said a statement late Saturday. The arrested militants are Syrian and Sudanese fighters involved in the Syrian war, it added. According to the statement, preliminary investigations showed they were flown from Syria to Turkey, and then to Sudan and Libya. Al-Nusra Front is a Syrian terrorist branch of al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. In May 2013, the UN Security Council put Al-Nusra Front on the list of international sanctions of al-Qaeda entities and individuals.
March 18, 2018 08:03 UTC