(@imziishan)WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) US President Donald Trump discussed the crises in Libya and Venezuela with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, according to a pool report by the White House press corps on Wednesday. "President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy," the report said. "The two leaders discussed the escalation of tensions in Libya and the road to free and fair elections in Venezuela." The conversation followed an overnight rocket attack on a densely populated suburb of Libya's capital Tripoli in which more than a dozen people were killed and at least 4,500 people were displaced, the United Nations reported. The United States is also ratcheting up sanctions against Venezuela as part of a campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro to hand power to opposition leader and self-appointed interim President Juan Guaido.
April 17, 2019 18:45 UTC
The Head of the Presidential Council (PC) Fayez Al-Sirraj said his government is going to file documents at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed by Khalifa Haftar. Al-Sarraj, while paying a visit to areas hit by Haftar's forces Grad shelling in Abu Salim, added that all documents will be provided to the ICC to indict Haftar for his war crimes. "Targeting civilians and destroying their houses are war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as violations of international humanitarian law. These crimes won't go unpunished." In the meantime, the High Council of State (HCS) called on Wednesday on the international community to take up its responsibility to protect civilians from the "terrorist" indiscriminate shelling by Haftar's "gangs."
April 17, 2019 18:38 UTC
The overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 plunged Libya in a conflict between rival militias . But in April, a coalition of fighters under Khalifa Haftar made a push to take Tripoli, the seat of Libya's UN-backed government, and with it control of the entire country. Who's who in the battle for Tripoli and what do they want? But detractors fear Haftar wants to rule Libya in a permanent state of dictatorship ― a Gadhafi 2.0. Tripoli militias previously helped overthrow Gadhafi, but have since taken control of state institutions and plundered their resources.
April 17, 2019 17:26 UTC
Medical facilities both in and outside of Tripoli have reported limited capacity and less than two weeks of medical supplies remaining. MSF medical teams have remained on the ground since the start of the conflict, providing primary healthcare and emergency food, water and medical referral services for refugees and migrants in four detention centres across Tripoli. Over recent days, approximately 200 people were moved from the Ain Zara detention centre, which is just 1.5 kilometres from the frontline, to Sabaa detention centre which is 6.5 kilometres from the frontline. With a further 150 refugees relocated early last week to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Gathering and Departure Facility, Ain Zara detention centre is now believed to be empty. While the numbers in each detention centres are subject to change daily, currently there are 135 people in Anjila detention centre which is 5.5 kilometres from the fighting.
April 17, 2019 16:18 UTC
According to the United Nations, over 170 people have been killed and 750 injured since a Libyan warlord launched an assault on Tripoli on April 5th. They were starting to attack the capital of Libya, Tripoli, and the Government of National Accord, the legitimate government of Libya. The fighting has displaced nearly 18,000 people, but authorities fear the humanitarian crisis could quickly escalate if the fighting continues. AMY GOODMAN: Anas, can you explain who Khalifa Haftar is, a Libyan American? And I think, in one respect, Khalifa Haftar has tried to paint them as Islamists, as Salafi jihadist sympathizers.
April 17, 2019 14:23 UTC
In Libya, the humanitarian crisis is growing as fighting continues to escalate around the capital Tripoli. The U.N. says that more than 18,000 people have been displaced in the past two weeks. The U.N. is attempting to relocate jailed refugees and migrants, but they warn some 3,000 locked-up migrants are now trapped in or around the combat zone. On Tuesday, at least four people were killed during heavy shelling on the southern outskirts of Tripoli, according to local reports. Libya’s deputy prime minister said on Tuesday that renegade General Khalifa Haftar, who is leading the eastern-based Libyan National Army’s offensive on Tripoli, is attempting to stage a military coup.
April 17, 2019 14:15 UTC
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales have called on the Government "to take meaningful action" to promote religious freedom and protect Christians being persecuted for their faith. Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols said they wanted to see the Government promote religious freedom as a "fundamental human right" and build advocacy on this issue into its work across a range of policy areas, from foreign relations to aid, security, trade and asylum. In addition to Christians, the Church leaders said the Government should also work to protect freedom of religion and belief for people belonging to different faiths as well as non-believers. Launching the review, Mr Hunt voiced concern about the state of religious freedom in other countries too, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, North Korea, and China. He said he was launching the review "not just because freedom of worship is a fundamental human right, but because also freedom of worship is the invisible line between open societies and closed societies".
April 17, 2019 12:56 UTC
Rocket fire on the Libyan capital Tripoli, which the UN-recognised government blamed on military strongman Khalifa Haftar, killed six people ahead of a Security Council meeting on Wednesday over a ceasefire. The death toll from rocket fire on the Libyan capital Tripoli, blamed by the UN-recognised government on strongman Khalifa Haftar, climbed to six on Wednesday as thousands more civilians fled the violence. The latest bombing came as world powers wrangled over the wording of a UN Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire, with Russia blocking criticism of Haftar, according to diplomats. The bombardment came as diplomats at the UN Security Council debated a British-drafted resolution that would demand an immediate ceasefire in Libya. Britain was hoping to bring the ceasefire resolution to a vote at the Security Council before Friday, but diplomats pointed to Russia's objections as a hurdle.
April 17, 2019 12:45 UTC
The Chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi expressed during a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel his concern over the humanitarian situation in Libya. The two sides emphasized the need to develop political solutions to the crisis in Libya and to combat the causes of Refugeehood. He also warned that escalation of the conflict in Libya could lead to increased displacement, stressing the need for external pressure on the parties in Libya to reach a political solution.
April 17, 2019 12:22 UTC
Tunisian National Defence Minister, Abdul Karim Zubaidi confirmed that they have monitored two rubber boats, carrying 11 armed men of European nationalities, trying to cross the Tunisian maritime border from Libya, last Wednesday, disclosing that the men were holding diplomatic passports. "That the Tunisian Navy tracked the two boats and handed over the men to the relevant authorities, after taking away their weapons," Zubaidi said in a press statement Tuesday.
April 17, 2019 12:11 UTC
KHARTOUM: Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison following his toppling by the army last week, a source from his family told AFP on Wednesday. “Last night, Bashir was transferred to Kober prison in Khartoum,” the source said without revealing his name for security reasons. Bashir was ousted by the army last Thursday after four months of protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule. Witnesses said there was a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Force outside the prison in north Khartoum. “There are troops in vehicles mounted with machine-guns near the prison,” a witness told AFP.
April 17, 2019 11:26 UTC
A Libyan man walks near a house damaged by an overnight shelling in Abu Salim district in Tripoli on Wednesday. Ahmed Jadallah/ReutersRocket fire on the Libyan capital, which the UN-recognised unity government blamed on military strongman Khalifa Haftar, killed three people late on Tuesday as the Security Council haggled over a ceasefire. The LNA blamed the rocket fire on the "terrorist militias" whose grip on the capital it says it is fighting to end. The bombardment came as diplomats at the UN Security Council began negotiations on a British-drafted resolution that would demand an immediate ceasefire in Libya. The proposed text seen by AFP warns that the offensive by Haftar's LNA "threatens the stability of Libya and prospects for a United Nations-facilitated political dialogue and a comprehensive political solution to the crisis."
April 17, 2019 11:17 UTC
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UN OCHA documented the killing of 48 people, including 13 civilians, during the ongoing clashes south of Tripoli. "Around 18,000 people have fled their homes as a result of the current hostilities in and around Tripoli, the UN OCHA office reported," pointing out that more than 2500 of them have fled their areas yesterday. The number of civilian casualties is expected to increase as well as the phenomenon of displacement, due to continued heavy air strikes and artillery, since the beginning of the current hostilities.
April 17, 2019 11:15 UTC
The Algerian Defence Ministry stated that the Algerian army conducted on Tuesday ammunition exercises in the area of In Amenas near the Libyan border, under the supervision of the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Kayed. The exercise was named "The Bright Star 2019" and included ground and air forces, as well as reconnaissance aircraft, the Algerian Defence Ministry explained, noting the operations took place in circumstances close to the reality of real battles. The exercises were declared by the Algerian Ministry of Defence about two weeks ago, after the outbreak of armed clashes in western Libya, between the Libyan army forces and the militias of warlord Khalifa Haftar.
April 17, 2019 11:03 UTC
Tunisian authorities have stopped more than 20 armed European diplomats attempting to cross into the country from neighbouring Libya, local officials said on Tuesday. According to the local Mosaique FM radio station, the group was denied entry into Tunisia after failing to disclose the entirety of its arms inventory. The French embassy in Tunis said the individuals were members of a security detail attached to the French diplomatic mission in Libya which is based in the Tunisian capital. “Given the current situation in Libya, one of the trips which the French embassy undertakes regularly between Tunis and Tripoli, was made by road,” the embassy said, without mentioning any arms seized. Separately, Zubaidi said 11 people of different European nationalities – also diplomats – had recently tried to enter Tunisian waters from Libya in two rubber life boats.
April 17, 2019 10:52 UTC