Al-Nabaa TV assigns guilt of attack on its HQ to Presidential Council

The Libyan local TV channel, Al-Nabaa, has announced that it has begun filing a lawsuit inside and outside Libya against the groups that are harboring ill-intentions to the channel as well as against the Presidential Council (PC) of the UN-proposed government. "The PC is included in the lawsuit as it said it had secured Tripoli while Al-Nabaa headquarters was being set ablaze." The first statement of Al-Nabaa TV after the assault indicated, naming certain armed groups that are pro-PC as the attackers.

March 20, 2017 20:37 UTC

Italian Embassy to issue visas for Libyans starting from April 2nd

The Italian Embassy in Tripoli announced Monday that it is going to start issuing visas for Libyan citizens from its headquarters in the capital starting April 02. On Twitter, the Italian Embassy said the visa procedures will start on April 02, adding that more details will follow on its website and Twitter account. When the Italian Embassy reopened in Tripoli in mid-January this year, the ambassador, Giuseppe Perrone, confirmed that his country's embassy will start giving visas for Libyan nationals by February, saying that a new air route between Tripoli and Rome will be also launched.

March 20, 2017 14:03 UTC

News Roundup - Mon, Mar 20, 2017

He added that the electricity will return to the district once the repairing works end in the coming days. -----------------------------------------------Libyan coastguards rescued 215 migrants including 47 women en route to Italy. A spokesperson for the Libyan Coast Guard said the migrants were on two boats inside Libyan waters. Eyewitnesses said as many as 30 migrants who were on the second boat are missing in the sea. Libyan coastguards added that they recovered three women's bodies from the sea.

March 20, 2017 13:41 UTC

Libyan coastguards rescue 215 migrants off Libya's coast

Libyan coastguards rescued 215 migrants including 47 women en route to Italy. A spokesperson for the Libyan Coast Guard said the migrants were on two boats inside Libyan waters. Eyewitnesses said as many as 30 migrants who were on the second boat are missing in the sea. Libyan coastguards added that they recovered three women's bodies from the sea.

March 20, 2017 13:30 UTC

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy coastguard – THE DAYAFTER

Rome, Around 3,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya today as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the Italian coastguard said. “After some calm days, migrants are arriving in large numbers, taking advantage of a window of favourable weather,” said a coastguard official. The rescue was undertaken in 22 separate operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard. The migrants rescued by the Aquarius had been found drifting on nine wooden and rubber boats. According to the Italian government, 16,206 people have been rescued in the sea by Friday — compared to 11,911 by the same time last year.

March 19, 2017 19:18 UTC

News Roundup - Sun, Mar 19, 2017

In a statement, the ministry said the military rule will only bring injustice and humiliation, referring to the exhuming of bodies and killing of women and children during Benghazi war by forces of Khalifa Haftar. _____________________________The Libyan Football Federation has announced the date of the Super Cup match between Al-Ahli Tripoli and Al-Hilal. _____________________________The UN-installed Presidency Council (PC) has strongly condemned exhuming body of Benghazi Shura Council leader, Jalal Makhzoum, by Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army and putting him on public display in Benghazi on Saturday. _______________________________Misrata municipality condemned the Friday chants by the protesters in Tripoli saying they advocate for hatred, division and military rule. It also condemned the attack on its office on Friday, saying it entirely rejects the military rule.

March 19, 2017 13:41 UTC

NCHRL describes display of Makhzoum's corpse as war crime

The Libyan National Commission for Human Rights (NCHRL) condemned parading the body of the leader in Benghazi Shura Council, Jalal Makhzoum, after exhuming his grave five days after his death in Bunasib, 12 Buildings area, western Benghazi. "It is an atrocious and vicious crime that is at odds with the Islamic teachings and human nature as well as with the Libyan conventions." The NCHRL said after its investigators watched the video that showed Dignity Operation militias displaying the body of Makhzoum around Benghazi streets.

March 19, 2017 13:30 UTC

Al-Ahli Tripoli qualifies to groups round of CAF Champions League

Despite losing the second leg match to Fath Union Sport in Morocco 3-1 in Morocco, Al-Ahli Tripoli managed to qualify for the groups round of the CAF Champions League, thanks to the goal scored by Anis Saltu. Al-Ahli qualified after it drew with the Moroccan team 3-3 on aggregation of the first and second leg matches.

March 19, 2017 13:07 UTC

Tripoli activists call for peace instead of escalation in Tripoli, rejecting military rule

Civil societies' activists, political stakeholders, and other figures from Tripoli urged Saturday for pushing any armed clashes away from the capital and for thwarting any escalation in Tripoli at this time. They also rejected the return of the military rule to Libya, urging for the peaceful circulation of power and fighting terrorism. They reaffirmed, in a statement on Saturday, that the freedoms of speech and expression must be guaranteed for all nationals, rejecting using political slogans to ignite tribalism, regionalism or other biased motives such as those used by the Friday protesters in Tripoli. The activists also condemned the attack on media institutions and stressed on the need for the commitment to professionalism in media so that they can help support peace efforts in Libya.

March 19, 2017 12:45 UTC

East Libya army digs up grave of opponent and puts him on display

Khalifa Haftar's self-styled “Libyan National Army” has exhumed the body of Benghazi Shura Council commander Jalal Makhzoum from his Ganfouda grave after 5 days of his death and put his body on public display, in another heinous crime by the army, which is overpowered by gangs and radical Salafist groups. Makhzoum was killed on March 14 during clashes in the 12 Buildings block in Ganfouda. Video:The heinous crime has sparked social media outrage and condemnation with many activists likening it to ISIS crimes. It was committed by notorious militant Mahmoud Al-Wirfalli, who receives instructions from radical Salafist scholars including Abdul-Fittah Ben Ghalboon. Related Articles:Dignity Operation militia executes captive with machine gun from point-blank rangeBenghazi IDPs denounce ISIS-style burning of anti-Dignity Operation fighters

March 19, 2017 11:15 UTC

Misrata fighters reject dragging Libya backward to bygone military rule

Misrata revolutionary fighters called on Friday for mobilization of forces and the city's revolutionaries and closed Dafniya checkpoint, western Misrata, in protest against the recent incidents in Tripoli. They added that the checkpoint will be closed until all the people, who are kidnapped in Tripoli based on their IDs, are released. "The militias of Tripoli must withdraw from all state institutions where they are now positioned." "Those fighters can take matters in their own hands; we will not be worried about them." The statement concluded by urging the western region's leaderships to have a vivid standpoint regarding the attempts to return the rule of military to Libya.

March 18, 2017 18:22 UTC

Ghanaian jailed in Sicily; migrants say he tortured them

ROME — A young man from Ghana has been jailed after migrants told authorities he tortured them while they were in Libya awaiting smugglers to send them by boat to Italy, police said Saturday. Police in Agrigento said several migrants identified the 20-year-old as the man who had raped several women and beat, burned or administered electric shocks to migrants who were kept in a "safe house" in Libya awaiting passage. A police statement said the man arrived on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on March 5. Authorities said migrants recognized him as having committed torture and they had to intervene to stop several from trying to lynch him. With much of Libya essentially lawless after the 2011 demise of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, authorities in Italy have heavily relied on migrants' accounts to learn about human traffickers and their helpers.

March 18, 2017 17:26 UTC

Benghazi Shura Council breaks trapped families out of Ganfouda

Local media sources reported Saturday morning that the fighters of Benghazi Shura Council (BSC) have managed to break the siege of Dignity Operation on Ganfouda and 12 Buildings block in western Benghazi and got most of the stranded families outside of them. The fighters of the BSC attempted to depart the besieged area at Saturday dawn and head to downtown Benghazi in armored vehicles to get the families out of the area in two directions.

March 18, 2017 15:22 UTC

News Roundup - Sat, Mar 18, 2017

______________________________The Libyan National Guard (LNG) has called on all the security forces and departments in the country to be detached from political conflicts. ______________________________Misrata Political Bloc (MPB) has strongly deplored the statement of UN-installed Presidency Council (PC) about the Friday protest in Tripoli and demanded it to retract it. ------------------------------------------------------The quadruple meeting that aims at settling Libya's crises down has begun at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo. Apiliani, departed Zueitina oil terminal with 630 thousand barrels of oil heading to Italy. ------------------------------------------------------Cleaning works are continuing at the Tripoli highway that extends from Tajoura in the east of Tripoli to Janzour in its west.

March 18, 2017 15:16 UTC

Quadruple Meeting kick-starts in Cairo to end Libya's crisis

The quadruple meeting that aims at settling Libya's crises down has begun at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo. The Secretary General of the Arab League, African Union's High Representative to Libya, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Head of the UNSMIL attended the meeting that aims at coordinating efforts by the four organizations to support Libyans.

March 18, 2017 14:48 UTC

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