News Roundup - Sun, Feb 12, 2017

__________________Al-Ahli Tripoli won its first match at the CAF Champions League preliminaries against Ghana’s All Stars 3-1 at Tamale Stadium, Accra on Sunday. Ghadames municipality said every Tuesday, there will be a flight from Gahdames airport to Mitiga airport in Tripoli. __________________Parallel Central Bank of Libya in Al-Bayda sent 8 million dinars to commercial banks in western Libya. __________________Brega oil terminal’s administration said on Facebook that 12 tons of heavy crude oil were loaded into Seamer Qury vessel heading to Malta. It added that investigation with the importing company is underway, saying it was a malicious act meant to damage the country.

February 12, 2017 15:39 UTC

Netanyahu hails US veto of Palestinian as Libya envoy

"I said that the time has come for reciprocity in the UN's relations with Israel and free gifts cannot be constantly given to the Palestinian side," Netanyahu said, welcoming the US veto. JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday hailed the US veto of a Palestinian to be named UN envoy to Libya, saying the world body failed to give equal consideration to Israelis. “I said that the time has come for reciprocity in the UN’s relations with Israel and free gifts cannot be constantly given to the Palestinian side,” Netanyahu said, welcoming the US veto. “United Nations staff serve strictly in their personal capacity. But the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Washington did not “support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations”, where the state of Palestine does not have full membership.

February 12, 2017 13:07 UTC

Post court ruling, 72 pc refugees entered from banned Muslim countries: Trump

"72% of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN," Trump said in a tweet. In another tweet Trump said, "The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. "77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries." This came a day after a three-judge federal appeals panel had unanimously refused to reinstate the travel ban from countries like Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Trump administration has said the seven nations – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – have raised terrorism concerns.

February 12, 2017 13:07 UTC

UN appoints new envoy to Libya; US objects

Tripoli, Feb 12 (IANS) Palestinian diplomat Salam Fayyad has been appointed as the new UN special envoy to Libya and the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya. “For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said. The US objection was condemned by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, with its member Hanan Ashrawi saying the objection was “unconscionable”. Fayyad, 64, was the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013. Kobler sponsored peace dialogue sessions between Libya’s political rivals for over a year in order to end the state of political division in the country.

February 12, 2017 11:19 UTC

Tobruk MP: Italy behind helicopter downing

Member of Tobruk-based House of Representatives Ibrahim Zagaid has accused Italy of shooting down Dignity Operation’s mi-35 attack helicopter on Friday. Speaking to Jordan-based Libya Channel on Saturday, he claimed that an Italian frigate off Sirte coast had shot down the helicopter, killing all three pilots on board. “We confirm, beyond doubt, that an Italian frigate on the shores of Sirte was behind the downing of the helicopter,” he claimed, adding that he is responsible for what he say. Zagaid, a mouthpiece of Khalifa Haftar, also claimed that a Russian newspaper had reported that the helicopter was shot down by an Italian sea-fired missile. He called on all supporters of Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army to go to the streets to denounce Italy and its attempts to occupy Libya.

February 12, 2017 11:15 UTC



US blocks appointment of ex-Palestinian PM as UN envoy to Libya

UNITED NATIONS: The United States has blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the new UN envoy to Libya, in what was seen as a show of the Trump administration’s support to Israel at the world body. Guterres had given the Security Council until late Friday to consider Fayyad as a replacement for Martin Kobler of Germany, who has served as the Libyan envoy since November 2015. Fayyad’s appointment had come amid diplomatic negotiations over changes to a UN-brokered political deal that led to the formation of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj’s unity government. Kobler told the Security Council on Wednesday that talks on “possible amendments” to the political agreement were making progress. It was the first major appointment by Guterres of a special envoy to a conflict area since he became UN chief on 1 January.

February 12, 2017 05:44 UTC

US expresses objection to Palestinian as U.N. envoy to Libya

| Published by :London [UK], Feb. 12 (ANI): US President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations is moving to block the appointment of the former Palestinian prime minister to lead a mission to Libya. "For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel," Haley said. Fayyad, a Texas-educated former International Monetary Fund official, was prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013. He had earned praise in the international community for his efforts to crack down on corruption and to build effective Palestinian public institutions. Guterres selected Fayyad to take over as Libya envoy from Martin Kobler, a German diplomat who has served as the U.N. representative since November 2015.

February 11, 2017 20:37 UTC

Dignity Operation threatens to destroy Alwahat Hotel in Hun

Spokesperson of Dignity Operation Ahmed Al-Mismari threatened on Saturday to bomb a tourist hotel in Hun in central Libya, alleging it has become a hub for terrorism. Speaking in his weekly press conference, Al-Mismari said Alwahat Hotel in Hun town, 289 km south of Sirte, has become a legitimate target for their air force. “The hotel is being used by Defend Benghazi Brigades as an operation room and as a depot for arms and ammunition,” he claimed. The threat comes in retaliation for the downing of Dignity Operation’s mi-35 attack helicopter on Friday in which three pilots were killed. Defend Benghazi Brigades released a video Saturday showing the downing of the helicopter.

February 11, 2017 18:11 UTC

GECOL: Linkage of western and eastern electric grids beneficial for all Libyan cities

The Head of the Control Department at the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) Abdel Rahaman Al-Jali said that the linking of the western and eastern electric grids will have positive results on all Libyan cities. “Libyans will sense the difference once a failure or a damage happens to a certain area while another will be operating with power, so the GECOL will provide the first area with power through the linkage with the second area.” He explained.

February 11, 2017 17:26 UTC

Al-Hilal beats Kenyan Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at CAF Confederation Cup

Libya’s Al-Hilal won 1-0 against Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars on Friday in Cairo, Egypt, as part of the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup 2017. Al-Hilal put in a great performance and scored the winning goal at the minute 47 by Ahmed Al-Abbar and thus winning some relief before it plays the second leg match.

February 11, 2017 15:45 UTC

News Roundup - Sat, Feb 11, 2017

________________The Heads of Teachers’ Syndicates in Libya called on the relevant authorities to raise the salaries of teachers all around the country to fit the daily needs of those teachers. They stressed that an order by official authorities must be issued concerning the raise like all other sectors in the government. She added that when the situation is appropriate, especially the security conditions, the EU will be ready to move to Tripoli. ________________The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) said the UNHCR is working illegally in Libya and is giving illegal immigrants refugee status cards without any regard to the Libyan laws and without informing the Libyan authorities. It added that Libya is not part of the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 appendix protocol, so it is not committed to any of their laws.

February 11, 2017 15:11 UTC

Palestinians condemn US veto of ex-PM as UN Libya envoy

The Palestinians condemned as "blatant discrimination" today Washington's decision to block the appointment of their former prime minister Salam Fayyad as UN peace envoy to Libya. UN chief Antonio Guterres nominated Fayyad to the post on Thursday and the Security Council had been expected to approve his appointment without objections. "Blocking the appointment of Dr Salam Fayyad is a case of blatant discrimination on the basis of national identity," she said. Fayyad, 64, was prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013, and also served as finance minister twice. He had been tapped to replace Martin Kobler of Germany, who has been the Libya envoy since November 2015.

February 11, 2017 13:07 UTC

US blocks appointment of former Palestinian PM as UN envoy to Libya

UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the new UN envoy to Libya. Haley said the United States was “disappointed” to see the letter from Guterres, his first appointment of an envoy to a major conflict area. Fayyad, 64, was prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013, and also served as finance minister twice. He had been tapped to replace Martin Kobler of Germany, who has been the Libya envoy since November 2015. US President Donald Trump and Haley have criticized the United Nations for adopting a resolution in December that demanded an end to Israeli settlement building.

February 11, 2017 00:56 UTC

Dignity Operation helicopter shot down in central Libya

A Dignity Operation military helicopter was shot down in south Sirte on Friday, sources confirmed, a day after two airstrikes on Jufra Airbase. Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB) said their fighters shot down the helicopter while it was trying to attack them. “The pilot was found dead and the copilot is still missing,” Boshra Media Center, the media outlet of DBB, reported. Sources said the helicopter was shot down in Jufra region where fighters of Defend Benghazi Brigades are active. There were no comments from the command of Dignity Operation about the incident.

February 10, 2017 16:07 UTC

Libyan mayors say Europe's migration crisis should not be dumped on them

Libyan mayors say Europe's migration crisis should not be dumped on themMayors from Libya's desert south to northern shores fear a deal struck between Tripoli and Rome to fund migrant holding centres in the north African country will simply shift Europe's migration crisis onto Libyan soil. "Our priority is to support our own sons instead of allowing for illegal migrants in centres," said Hamed Al-Khyali, mayor of the southern city of Sabha, a migrant smuggling hub. Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 toppling of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, enabling smuggling gangs to develop entrenched networks. The migrant crisis was too great for Libyan authorities to handle, the mayor said. Both agencies have said that Libya should not be considered a safe country to hold migrants and process asylum requests.

February 10, 2017 15:03 UTC



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