Houses and different properties of Derna residents have been seized by militia fighters under the command of Khalifa Haftar, sources close to Haftar's self-styled army reported. The sources added that the seizure included under construction houses known as Korean Buildings. "Thugs are seizing control of properties owned by residents at Korean Buildings compound since last November and there has been no social or official condemnation of it." Other sources from Derna said fighters loyal to Haftar had burnt several houses in Jayish street in Wasit Al-Blad neighborhood in the city, describing the act as a cleansing campaign. Other militia fighters had been given the green light by their superiors to enter houses of displaced people and live in them.
December 10, 2018 18:33 UTC
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has disclosed that several documents and testimonies show evidence that Saudi Arabian authorities have subjected three Libyan nationals to enforced disappearance for over 500 days, stressing Saudi Arabia’s responsibility for their enforced disappearance and calling on the Saudi authorities to immediately reveal their fate and whereabouts. Muhammad Hussein Ali Al-Khadrawi, Mahmoud Ali Bashir Rajab, and Hassan Mohammed Salem Zuaait disappeared once they arrived at the Jeddah Airport to leave Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah in June 2017. The monitor said the persons’ families stated that they know nothing of their whereabouts since they disappeared in Saudi Arabia, and the Libyan government has no record of their supposed entry into the country. “Contacting the Libyan Government of National Accord in Tripoli, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior denied such allegations,” said the Euro-Med Monitor. Pritchett added that Saudi Arabia will remain responsible for the enforced disappearance of these individuals until it reveals their fate and informs those concerned of the destination it believes have been returned to.
December 10, 2018 16:41 UTC
Tripoli, Dec 10 (AFP) An armed group has seized one of Libya's largest oilfields in the country's southwest, the state-owned National Oil Corporation said Monday. The seizure of Sharara oilfield prompted the company to declare a "force majeure" on exports from the field. "National Oil Corporation (NOC) hereby declares a state of force majeure at the Akakus-operated Sharara oil field as of Sunday," the company said in an online statement. Force majeure, invoked in exceptional circumstances, exempts the company from liability in case of non-compliance with oil delivery contracts. Oil facilities in Libya are regularly targeted by rival armed groups, local militias or tribes vying for power or pushing for their social demands to be met.
December 10, 2018 12:56 UTC
Oil slipped on concern that the chronic US-China trade dispute will weaken demand, while traders awaited concrete signs that OPEC and its partners will reduce supply. Futures fell as much as 1.9% in New York, even after an agreement between Saudi Arabia, Russia and other producers to cut output sent prices higher last week. Those gains are vulnerable because it remains uncertain exactly how the so-called OPEC+ alliance will implement the pledged cutbacks, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley. Brent for February settlement fell 80 cents to US$60.87 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange, after rising US$1.61 on Friday. The global benchmark crude traded at a premium of US$8.80 to WTI for the same month.
December 10, 2018 12:11 UTC
The spokesman for the Libyan Naval forces, Brigadier General Ayoub Qassem, said that the suspension of non-governmental organizations activities in the field of rescuing migrants will be positive to the Libyan Navy. In a press statement, Qassem accused these organizations of being a catalyst for increasing immigration, by transferring migrants to European countries, giving no caution to the thousands who drown, annually, in the sea. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée organizations, which conduct rescue operations through Aquarius ship, have announced that they are forced to stop rescue operations in the Mediterranean because of what they called a smear campaign led by European governments.
December 10, 2018 12:11 UTC
Minister of Health Omar Al-Taher adopted yesterday the strategic plan for reproductive, maternal, newborn, children, and adolescents health in the country. "The plan will be coordinated with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to provide technical support and training of medical and paramedical personnel," the ministry explained on Facebook, adding that the training results will help develop a national strategy for reproductive health.
December 10, 2018 12:00 UTC
The Egyptian flag is visible on the uniform of an Egyptian paratrooper uniform - via Wikimedia/Like PryorIn Central Sinai, the army seized ammunition, military uniforms, money, wireless communication devices, a lap top, a camera and containers that were filled with explosive materials - screen shot from the army statement/Ministry of DefenceCAIRO – 10 December 2018: Egyptian army spokesman, Tamer al-Refaie, called on the owners of textile companies and factories not to import or manufacture fabrics and clothing that look similar to military uniforms.The army warned against manufacturing or importing such fabrics or clothing so that terrorist elements would not use them to carry out attacks that put security and safety of citizens in danger.The Armed Forces have announced several times seizing a number of military uniforms during the counter-terrorism operation dubbed "Comprehensive Operation – Sinai 2018," which has been launched since February to eliminate terrorist elements especially in North and Central Sinai.An Alexandria security official announced in 2013 seizing a container at Dekheila port containing about 10,000 meters of military fabrics, MENA reported.The then-military spokesman Ahmed Ali said that the shipment was on its way to Libya, adding that 93 parcels were seized containing uniforms similar to the military uniforms of the Egyptian Armed Forces, the Central Security Forces of the Ministry of Interior, and the military police of the Egyptian Armed Forces.
December 10, 2018 11:15 UTC
Libya launches measles, rubella and polio vaccination campaignThe National Campaign for Vaccination against Measles, Rubella and Polio, in addition to vitamin A dose has been launched in all areas of Libya Saturday. The campaign lasts for seven days until the 15th of December and aims to vaccinate around 2.75 million children against measles, rubella and 1.5 million children against polio. All children between 9 months and 15 years are targeted by Measles and Rubella vaccines and all children between one day of age and below 6 years are targeted with Polio. Dr. Arif Hussain, the Director of the Migration Health Department in the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya, commended the coordination and cooperation between the Government, the National Center, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. “We assure the Government and all partners of the continued presence to support similar activities to reach all children, regardless of their status or whereabouts.”
December 10, 2018 10:52 UTC
Libya: NOC Declares Force Majeure on Biggest Oilfield ExportsMeeting between Salame, Williams and Sarraj. Production at the Zawiya refinery was also at risk due to its dependence on crude oil supply from Sharara, the company said. "NOC demands that the group leave the oilfield immediately without pre-condition," the statement said. But the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that the head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, met with the UN's Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, and Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie Williams. “They discussed progress in al-Multaqa al-Watani preparations and the recent developments in Libya,” it said.
December 10, 2018 10:17 UTC
The fuel crisis committee said it had set up the necessary arrangements with the Ministry of Interior and the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Council's Government, to combat fuel smuggling and ensure its delivery to the southern region. During a security meeting at the Interior Ministry's HQ, it was agreed to provide protection for fuel stations in the southern region and to identify "deterrent" measures as described, against any security breaches or manipulation of the quantity of fuel, according to the Commission's account on Facebook.
December 10, 2018 10:07 UTC
The Central Committee for the Municipal Councils Elections identified the voter registration locations countrywide through its official website and Facebook page. The Committee clarified that the voter registration for municipal elections will commence on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, noting that the second stage will be devoted to completing the preparation of the electoral regulations relating to candidacy, in accordance with the legislation in force.
December 10, 2018 09:56 UTC
The Man-made River Authority confirmed an attack by an armed group on the west field of Al-Hasawna water system in Jafara Sunday evening. The attack resulted in the destruction of four of the system's wells, MMRA explained, noting that vandalism acts have caused, so far, the destruction of 92 wells. MMRA urged the authorities to take swift and effective measures to protect the fields and components of the MMRA in order to keep water supplies going.
December 10, 2018 09:56 UTC
A maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Richard CarsonSINGAPORE - 10 December 2018: Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday after producer club OPEC and some non-affiliated suppliers last Friday agreed to a supply cut from January.Despite this, the price outlook for next year remains muted on the back of an economic slowdown.International Brent crude oil futures were at $62.03 per barrel at 0748 GMT, up 36 cents, or 0.6 percent, from their last close.Prices surged after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC producers including heavyweight Russia on Friday said they would cut oil supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), with an 800,000-bpd reduction planned by OPEC members and 400,000 bpd by countries not affiliated with the group.The shutdown of the 315,000-bpd El Sharara oilfield in Libya also helped push up Brent, traders said.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were weaker, however, dropping 10 cents from their last settlement to $52.51 per barrel, weighed down by surging U.S. output as the booming American oil industry is not taking part in the announced cuts.“The surge in U.S. supply in recent months should be a reason for caution,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note on Monday.The OPEC-led supply curbs will be made from January, measured against October 2018 output levels.U.S. bank Morgan Stanley said the cut was “likely sufficient to balance the market in 1H19 and prevent inventories from building”.It added that it expected “Brent to reach $67.5 per barrel by 2Q19, down from $77.5 before.”Bank of America said the reduction “should lead to a relatively balanced global oil market and will likely push Brent and WTI prices back to our respective expected averages of $70 per barrel and $59 per barrel in 2019.”Not all analysts were so confident.Edward Bell of Emirates NBD bank said “the scale of the cuts ... isn’t enough to push the market back into deficit” and that he expected “a market surplus of around 1.2 million bpd in Q1 with the new production levels”.Oil prices have fallen sharply since October on signs of an economic slowdown, with Brent losing almost 30 percent in value.Japan, the world’s No.4 oil consumer, on Monday revised its third quarter GDP growth down to an annualized rate of minus 2.5 percent, down from the initial estimate of minus 1.2 percent.Meanwhile, the two world’s biggest economies - the United States and China - are locked in a trade war which is threatening to slow global growth and battering investor sentiment.Despite the expectations of a slowdown, demand on the ground remains healthy.China, the world’s biggest oil importer, over the weekend reported November crude imports rose 8.5 percent from a year ago, to 10.43 million bpd, marking the first time China imported more than 10 million bpd. That leaves the world’s second-biggest economy on track to set yet another annual import record.Demand is driven by Chinese purchases for strategic reserves, but also by new refineries, triggering excess supply of fuels, filling up storage tanks and eroding refinery profits across Asia.
December 10, 2018 09:33 UTC
Nigeria turned back Libya 6-3 on Sunday afternoon to brighten her chances of a place in the semi finals of the ongoing CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The win came about 24 hours after the two –time African champions lost 0-2 on penalty shoot–out to Senegal, after both teams ended it 4-4 after regulation and extra time. With the Supersand Eagles having regained their buoyancy and marksmanship, debutants Tanzania are in the firing line as they take to the sands against Nigeria on Monday starting from 2.30pm Egypt time (1.30pm Nigeria time). Coach Audu ‘Ejo’ Adamu is likely to throw another star player Victor Tale into the fray on Monday to ensure a baptism of fire for the East Africans, while paving the Nigerians’ route to the last four. The two finalists in Sharm El Sheikh will represent Africa at the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup scheduled for Paraguay.
December 10, 2018 05:26 UTC
The Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria yesterday defeated Libya 6-3 to brighten their chances of a place in the semi finals of the ongoing CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The win came following the 0-2 loss to Senegal on penalties, after both teams had ended it 4-4 at regulation and extra time. Emeka Ogbonna contributed two of the goals to add to the lone strike he secured against four-time champions Senegal on Saturday, to take his tally to three at this tournament. Abu Azeez netted a brace, while Emmanuel Ohwoferia and Suleiman Ogodo got one goal each as the Supersand Eagles handed the North Africans the same treatment they got in the hands of the Super Eagles in two 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in October. With the Supersand Eagles having regained their buoyancy and marksmanship, debutants Tanzania are in the firing line as they take to the sands against Nigeria today.
December 10, 2018 01:30 UTC