Sources said a foreign country warned the Presidential Council that Khalifa Haftar and his foreign backers are planning a new large-scale attack on Tripoli. In a statement, the Presidential Council said the new attack will target with airstrikes vital civilian facilities including Mitiga Airport. “The Presidential Council calls the UN Mission in Libya to hold its responsibility towards this new military escalation,” read the statement. While the Presidential Council declined to mention Haftar’s foreign backers, the High Council of State named three countries as Haftar’s co-plotters. The High Council of State said in a statement France, Egypt and the UAE are masterminding an imminent attack in an attempt to take Tripoli.
July 20, 2019 09:11 UTC
Libya's National Oil Corporation confirmed on Saturday that production at its 290,000 barrels per day El Sharara oilfield was currently offline. NOC said it was conducting a full-scale investigation into suspected closed valves in the Hamada area. It also said in a statement that production from El Feel oilfield was unaffected by the incident. Sources earlier told Reuters that production at El Sharara had halted on Friday due to a valve closure on the pipeline linking the field to Zawiya. (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
July 20, 2019 07:52 UTC
An Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat is seen in the Strait of HormuzBy Atta KENAREIran's Revolutionary Guards announced Friday they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules". The Stena Impero tanker "was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules," the Guards' official website Sepahnews announced. The Swedish owners of the Stena Impero said the vessel had come under "attack" in the Strait of Hormuz. "We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now tracking as heading north towards Iran," it said. The Strait of Hormuz is the conduit for nearly a third of the world's crude oil.
July 19, 2019 21:53 UTC
UNDP’s SFL reaches over 2 million people, completing 119 of ongoing 343 projects including hospitals, schools, ambulances and water pumps across LibyaBy Sami Zaptia. It reported that he projects aim at supporting municipalities to provide basic services for people throughout Greater Tripoli. In addition to the work completed on the 30 schools, the SFL is equipping 65 health centres and 42 more educational facilities. Other projects on the list include improvement of solid waste management, the transportation sector, and water and sanitation services. This week, UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Gerardo Noto, visited several project sites to witness the progress of SFL in different municipalities of Tripoli.
July 19, 2019 15:11 UTC
Egypt’s Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek and United States Attorney General in the Donald Trump administration William Barr sign on Thursday a memorandum of understanding for judicial cooperation in Washington – Press photoCAIRO – 19 July 2019: Egypt’s Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek and United States Attorney General in the Donald Trump administration William Barr signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding for judicial cooperation in Washington.The cooperation memorandum was signed based on “the desire of the two sides to work for the interest of justice and the establishment of the state of law,” a statement by the Egyptian side said.It also aims at “enhancing cooperation between the two countries, and emphasizing the fruitful outcome of judicial cooperation, the statement said, expecting the MoU to strengthen the capacities of prosecutors in the two countries through the exchange of experiences between the two sides in the mutual legal fields and the introduction of modern technologies.”Further information about the MoU signed between the two sides was not provided by the Egyptian statement.However, the United States Department of Justice said that the MoU promotes further cooperation in the “fight against transnational crime”.“The MoU reflects the importance of the continued law enforcement cooperation of Egypt and the United States. It will strengthen the partnership of the US and Egypt to fight against terrorism, transnational crime and other criminal activity,” the US statement read.“In particular, this MoU allows the US and Egypt to increase consultation on mutual legal assistance. It also will allow for the broader exchange of ideas and practices to enhance the capabilities and experience of our prosecutors,” the statement added.Egypt also has a judicial cooperation agreement with Libya, under which Egyptian terrorist Hesham Ashmawy who was arrested in Libya was handed to the Egyptian authorities in May this year.The agreement was signed in 1992, and comprises 93 articles. Article 49 provides, “Both parties shall extradite to each other individuals facing charges by entitled entities and convicts sentenced by the judicial authorities of the party requesting the extradition in accordance with the rules and conditions in this section.”
July 19, 2019 14:37 UTC
GNA Accuses Militias of Kidnapping Libyan MPNews Arab World GNA Accuses Militias of Kidnapping Libyan MP AAA poster of LNA commander Khalifa Haftar on a building in Benghazi, Libya February 21, 2019. The Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, accused militias in the city of kidnapping Siham Sergewa. The MP also opposed the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) operation to liberate Tripoli of terrorist and criminal militias. She had taken part in a meeting of Libyan lawmakers in Cairo just days ago where she was reportedly threatened by pro-LNA MPs. MPs from the Libyan parliament in the East held security forces in Benghazi responsible for Sergewa’s safety.
July 19, 2019 06:33 UTC
Russia’s decision to delay sanctions against oil smuggling suspects Darren Debono and Gordon Debono was unacceptable and Malta has every right to be frustrated and disgusted, the United States’ Charge d’Affaires in Malta Mark Shapiro said on Thursday. Last Sunday, MaltaToday reported that Russia had blocked a Maltese attempt at placing the two on a United Nations sanctions list, however this was blocked by Russia at the last minute. What just happened at the United Nations is that Russia made a decision to side with known gangsters and smugglers against Malta. That’s not ok, that should not be acceptable and Malta has every right to be frustrated and disgusted by this,” he said. “That would have solved these problems because the judge would have been obliged to enforce this, because Malta is a member of the United Nations.
July 18, 2019 20:15 UTC
The Ministry of Health announced Thursday the cessation of overseas treatment completely, after the resignation of the Chairman and members of the High Consultative Committee for Treatment Abroad. The president and members of the committee have submitted their resignations, in protest against the Central Bank's refusal to transfer the allocations of patients in Germany and Tunisia, according to the Ministry of Health. "After the completion of the procedures, and the approval of both, the Audit Bureau and the Ministry of Finance, the bank refrained from implementing the procedures," the ministry added, accusing the CBL of interfering in the ministry's competence and of administrative corruption by exceeding its mandate". It also emphasized that the treatment file has been regulated in a scientific way, based on technical statistics and electronic archiving system applied for the first time in 5 years. The committee offered its apology to the Libyan people because of the intransigence of some entities, as described, calling on the patients undergoing treatment abroad, especially in Germany and Tunisia, to return home.
July 18, 2019 19:41 UTC
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) CAIRO, July 18 (KUNA) -- Egyptian President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi and Algerian President Abdelkader Bensalah have underlined the need for reducing tension in Libya and resloving its conflict through political means without foreign inerferences. The call was made by Egyptian leader and visiting Algerian counterpart in a meeting held in Cairo Thursday, Egypt's Presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady said in a statement. Rady added that both presidents expressed satisfaction at the current level of coordination between both countries on the Libyan issue, especially through the tripartite mechanism that brought together Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia. Bensalah had arrived earlier today in Cairo to attend the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final between Algeria and Senegal on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium. (end)ra.ams.aqMENAFN1807201900710000ID1098774502
July 18, 2019 18:00 UTC
The Presidential Council (PC) demanded the immediate disclosure of the fate and whereabouts of the House of Representative (HoR) member, Siham Sergiwa, expressing concern over her abduction and the assault of her husband. "This crime is a natural result of the absence of law and the lack of freedoms of speech in areas under the military authorities," the PC stated. It also called on the UN mission and international organizations to intervene immediately to release Sergiwa and bring the perpetrators and those who failed to secure Benghazi, to justice.
July 18, 2019 17:03 UTC
OCHA Libya condemns attacks on health sectorBy Sami Zaptia. London, 18 July 2019:The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’s (OCHA) Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, expressed his strong condemnation of attacks on the health sector in Libya. “The targeting of medical personnel and facilities in Libya have become increasingly frequent, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. The attack on Tuesday was the third in 40 days to damage the same field hospital”, he added. OCHA said that health workers in Tripoli are paying a heavy price since the onset of hostilities started early April.
July 18, 2019 16:41 UTC
Some time ago, General Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which controls the area to the east of Libya, arrested 6 Turkish citizens. “General Haftar Al-Mismari’s recent statement about the downing of a Turkish drone and the decision to declare all Turkish targets hostile was of extreme importance. During a press conference, a foreign journalist asked Erdogan about the situation in Libya: “Mr. When information appeared on June 30 about Haftar’s forces arresting six Turkish sailors, Turkish media was notably quick to respond. * The most important element of Turkey’s support is the supply of weapons, which they are sending despite the UN embargo.
July 18, 2019 13:07 UTC
UNSMIL deplores kidnapping of HOR member Sergewa, calls for her immediate releaseBy Sami Zaptia. London, 18 July 2019:The United Nations Security Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said today that it is gravely concerned by and closely following up on media reports about the disappearance of House of Representatives (HoR) member Ms. Siham Sergewa. Sergewa was reportedly taken by force last night from her residence in Benghazi having returned from the (predominantly pro Khalifa Hafter) HoR meeting in Cairo. UNSMIL has called on relevant authorities to investigate the attack on Sergewa’s residence, her enforced disappearance, and to disclose her whereabouts. Enforced disappearance, unlawful arrest and abduction based on political views or affiliations constitute a serious blow to the rule of law and blatant violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, UNSMIL said.
July 18, 2019 12:22 UTC
LONDON: The brother of the suicide bomber who blew himself up in a deadly 2017 attack in the northern city of Manchester appeared in a London court on Thursday after his extradition from Libya. Hashem Abedi, 22, who returned to the UK on Wednesday, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of the 22 people who died in the explosion, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion. Wearing glasses and a grey tracksuit, Abedi stood to confirm his name, date of birth and to confirm he currently had no fixed address. Abedi will next appear via video-link at Oxford Crown Court on July 22 for a bail hearing. A pre-trial hearing will take place at the Old Bailey court in London on July 30.
July 18, 2019 12:11 UTC
CAIRO — Libya’s U.N.-backed government has accused forces loyal to a military commander battling to capture Tripoli of abducting a female lawmaker known for her critical views of his military operations. The Tripoli-based government, which is at odds with commander Khalifa Hifter and the rival, east-based administration, says it’s worried about lawmaker Seham Sirqiwa’s fate. She reportedly disappeared Wednesday from her house in the eastern city of Benghazi, the stronghold of Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army. Sirqiwa is a lawmaker in the east-based Parliament. Libya is been split between rival authorities in the country’s east and west, with each side backed by various militias and groups.
July 18, 2019 11:03 UTC