The C-Star, a ship chartered by an Identitarian group called "Defend Europe," had asked the Maltese authorities about procedures should they need services, but were refused entry earlier this week. A group of human rights NGOs have praised the Government's decision to refuse entry to a ship run by European right-wing activists.The C-Star, a ship chartered by an Identitarian group called "Defend Europe," had asked the Maltese authorities about procedures should they need services, but were refused entry earlier this week." "Under the deceptive premise of ‘saving lives’, the mission of the vessel C-Star claims to ‘defend Europe’ by disrupting humanitarian vessels and by returning refugees to the coast of Libya. The scope and actions of Defend Europe must not be underestimated, their political ideology is dangerous and extreme. The stance adopted by the Government of Malta sends out a clear message against the politics of hate and extremism."
August 19, 2017 12:45 UTC
The Media Office of the Libyan Ministry of Transport announced on Friday that the tanker named Libya, which is owned by the Libyan state and operated by the company Be Ship, was subject to a piracy operation in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait which is considered one of the most dangerous areas. The Media Office confirmed that security personnel on board the oil tanker were able to control the situation and return the tanker to its previous planned journey safely.
Militia groups of Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army have voiced utter rejection to the ICC arrest warrant for Saiqa field commander, Mahmud Al-Werfalli, raising doubts about claims of Dignity Operation spokesperson, Ahmed Al-Mismari, of Al-Werfalli’s arrest. “Down with the ICC, down with the UN, down with Italy, down with the USA and down with the UK”, they said. They admitted that Dignity Operation commander, Khalifa Haftar, had order them to kill the captives and to show no mercy, adding that they committed summary execution to cause horror. “We were killing them “captives” in public and we published their killing videos to the public,” a militiaman boasted in the statement. In a disturbing request, the militiaman urged the killers, who kill in secret, to bring their captives to them in order to kill them in public.
The ICRC has provided medical supplies, health supplies and medicines to a number of health centers and hospitals in several Libyan cities and regions. Supplies included surgical materials, diabetes medicines, and medicines for other diseases. The shipments were distributed at Ajailat Clinic, Misrata Diabetes Center, Benghazi Medical Center and Sabha Medical Center. These shipments came as an emergency medical response for people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes after the deterioration and disruption of health care services and a lack of medical supplies and essential medicines, as a result of armed clashes and security conditions.
The head of the Italian Red Cross, Francesco Rocca, has called on the United Nations to stop the Libyan Navy from preventing non-governmental organizations from rescuing migrants off the coast of Libya. During his meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, Rocca criticized the ban on NGOs helping migrants in search areas and the rescue set up by the Libyan authorities. Rocca added that the European Union's reaction on this issue is slow, describing it as defeat. Rocca concluded by saying "We are talking about the dignity and lives of tens of thousands of people and the Geneva Convention on Refugees".
August 19, 2017 10:41 UTC
The manager of Sabha Civil Airport, Mohammed Oheida, has been quoted as saying "The airport is ready to receive any aircraft after the installation of all necessary technical and security equipment." Oheida added that a technical and security report was sent on Thursday to the Aviation Authority in Tripoli, stating that the airport is ready to resume work. The Hajjis from southern region need to take a domestic flight to Tripoli which needs an approval from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry for transport. Pilgrims are set to leave for Jeddah on Monday from Matiga International Airport but the flight from Sabha to Matiga has not yet been fully coordinated.
August 19, 2017 10:30 UTC
Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters today. "Libya is a significant resource holder and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (STASCO) has a history marketing Libyan crudes," a Shell spokesperson said. "We welcome new business opportunities with Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC). However, we don't comment on specific trading deals," the spokesperson added. REUTERS AD1357 -- (Reuters) -- C-1-1-DL0108-1020155.Xml
August 19, 2017 08:15 UTC
Steve Bannon left his post as senior White House adviser on Friday, ending a turbulent tenure for the advocate of hard-line immigration and trade policies who clashed with other advisers since the beginning of President Trump’s term. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
August 19, 2017 07:41 UTC
PAS president Hadi Awang's bid to restore his political fortunes by feigning interest in Memali today will backfire, and pitifully. COMMENTOn the day former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was attacked, PAS president Hadi Awang decided to “make hay while the sun shines”. Later, Hadi found it judicious to join the political bandwagon by joining the chorus of people who questioned Mahathir’s involvement in Memali. Many journalists write about Memali around its anniversary, but one cannot recall Hadi showing any concern in previous years. One must question Hadi’s judgment.
August 18, 2017 23:26 UTC
One Dignity Operation fighter was killed and others wounded in an attack in Brak town in west-central Libya. Dignity Operation reports said gunmen launched a surprise attack at dawn on a checkpoint in Dobwat Agricultural Project, west of Brak, killing one fighter identified as “Sayah Brini” and wounded three others. The identity of the attackers is yet to be known. Dignity Operation took control of Dobwat Agricultural Project last May.
August 18, 2017 20:03 UTC
Dignity Operation media mouthpieces have claimed that a boy had been brutally killed by kidnap gangs in Tajoura suburb of Tripoli, causing shock and horror among local residents and internet users. The fake news sparked social media fury and gave the opportunity to Dignity Operation supporters to urge Tripoli residents to go on protests against security forces and demand so-called “Libyan national army” of Khalifa Haftar to take control of the capital. Sources from the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the Bureau of Investigation Facebook page is fake. Tajoura Mayor, Hussein Ben Atia, also confirmed that the killing news is baseless and the fake Facebook page share news that aims to undermine security and stability of the town. The page posted other fake news on Friday claiming that a 25-year-old girl was also abducted in Tajoura.
August 18, 2017 18:56 UTC
At the height of summer, when the weather is generally better, Libyan smugglers typically send waves of migrants to sea every week or so. “But instead we’re seeing a dramatic drop.”The dip follows prolonged attempts by Italy to improve the capability of the Libyan Coast Guard and to discourage several nongovernmental organizations from operating migrant rescue boats off the Libyan coast. Over the past year, Italy and its allies in the European Union have trained over a hundred Libyan Coast Guard officials and supplied them with more boats and resources. Italy has also sent naval ships to assist the coast guard in Libyan waters and has made it harder for boats from nongovernmental organizations to operate freely in Italian waters. Several analysts suggested that the main smuggling networks in Libyan coastal towns such as Sabratha, the main springboard for migrants heading to Italy, may have been persuaded or coerced into suspending their operations.
August 18, 2017 16:43 UTC
The Nothing to Hide 2.0 fracas could have been averted had former PM Mahathir Mohamad visited Kampung Memali, says PAS secretary-general. KOTA BARU: PAS claimed today that it had met with PPBM several times to propose that its chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad visit Kampung Memali in Baling, Kedah to eliminate any prejudice and anger of the villagers over the incident. Its secretary-general, Takiyuddin Hassan, said after the matter was raised with PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir to be conveyed to his father, there was no response from Mahathir. Takiyuddin, who is the MP for Kota Bharu, said the fracas at the forum could have been averted and many issues could have been resolved had Mahathir made the visit to Kampung Memali. What has come to be known as the Memali incident was a police operation on Nov 19, 1985 to capture a religious teacher, Ibrahim Mahmud, better known as Ibrahim Libya, in Kampung Memali, Kedah.
August 18, 2017 15:45 UTC
The library of Omar Ibin Abdul Aziz in Bani Walid town opens its doors to people of different groups in a campaign to promote reading under the title "The Book is the best companion". The library is the first in the city to provide readers with free access to books, which varies between religion, history and science categories. The director of the library, Mohammed Makhzoum, told Bawabt Alwasat website that work on the project started about two and a half years ago, by addressing several public bodies inside and outside Bani Walid city such as The Centre of Libyan Jihad and the Islamic Da'wa Society in Tripoli, in addition to the Asmaria University in Zliten, before launching a campaign of financial donations. He said that the library contains about 3000 titles in various specializations , and will always be available, aiming to create a reading club in the coming days that will help to bring together many different cultures and rehabilitate the reader by providing the books and knowledge needed.
August 18, 2017 08:15 UTC
Reviving the 3-decade-old Memali tragedy will not affect Pakatan Harapan’s chances at the polls, says the former PM. PUTRAJAYA: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang must remember there are two sides to a story, and the Memali incident tells of the death of villagers as well as policemen, said former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. While 14 villagers were killed on that tragic day of Nov 19, 1985, four policemen also died because they did their duty, Mahathir reminded Hadi. “And I’ve pointed out to them, that four policemen were killed with parangs. One has to remember that these policemen were only carrying out their duty.”
August 18, 2017 08:10 UTC