Boris Johnson is facing more criticism today after refusing to apologise for making a joke about ‘dead bodies’ in Libya earlier this month. He was criticised by both the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party, who demanded that the Foreign Secretary apologise for his crass and insensitive remarks. He quoted the head of the Taghyeer Party in Libya, Guma El-Gamaty, who said:“Libyans fought and died fighting Islamic State in Sirte. That is the way forward for that country and that is the course that we are promoting.”Boris Johnson accuses critics of his Libya remarks of trivialising the issue. Yes, the same Boris Johnson who joked about dead bodies #FCOQs — Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) October 17, 2017This is the moment a Labour MP asks @BorisJohnson to apologise for his comments about dead bodies in Libya.
October 17, 2017 14:48 UTC
More than 20,000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centres or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the UN said today, warning of abuse "on a shocking scale". The UN refugee agency said Libyan authorities were holding more than 14,500 migrants who had previously been kept captive by smugglers in and around Sabratha, to the west of Tripoli. ""Amongst the refugees and migrants who suffered abuse at the hands of smugglers, there are pregnant women and new-born babies," he said, adding that hundreds of people were found without clothes or shoes while hundreds said they had not eaten for days when they were found.Many of them require urgent medical care, Mahecic said, adding that some had suffered bullet wounds while most said they had been subject to abuse, including sexual violence and forced labour.UNHCR also warned there was "a worrying number of unaccompanied and separated children, many under the age of six. "The agency said the official detention centres and assembly points were overflowing, and often lacked water tanks and sanitation facilities.Many people, including children, are being forced to sleep out in the open.While smugglers had committed the worst abuse against the migrants, the UN has previously warned of "extremely bad" conditions in Libyan detention centres.Until recently, Libya has been a major launching off point for migrants, most of them from African countries, trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.But the number of attempted crossings has dropped off dramatically, since Libya's coastguard received European Union funding and training to stop smugglers taking migrants to the water. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
October 17, 2017 14:14 UTC
---------------------------------------------------Libyan human rights and political activist, Emadeddin Muntasser, has officially requested the US government to investigate war crimes committed by its citizens in Libya . The maintenance will last 9 days during which water supplies from Hasawna wells will be cut, according to the administration. ---------------------------------------------------The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) announced late Monday that the technical team that was abducted in the morning was released. GECOL added that the team was five technicians and they were beaten before being freed, adding that their phones, money and the car of the Qasir Bengashir distribution unit were stolen from them. It also said that legal measures will be taken against the violations including those in wedding parties or any other events.
October 17, 2017 13:41 UTC
The people were held in different locations, including farms, houses and warehouses, said UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic at a UN media briefing. “Libyan authorities estimate that an additional 6,000 migrants and refugees are still being held by smugglers,” said Mahecic. If confirmed, this would bring the total number of refugees and migrants held in Sabratha to 20,500, including those in official detention centers. “UNHCR colleagues on the front lines describe a picture of human suffering and abuse on a shocking scale,” said Mahecic. UNHCR’s Mahecic said that among those who suffered abuse at the hands of smugglers, are pregnant women and new-born babies.
October 17, 2017 13:30 UTC
The SNP’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Stephen Gethins MP, commented on Johnson’s response: “Despite being offered numerous opportunities to retract his shameful comments, Boris Johnson instead chose to duck an apology. "As Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson is meant to be Britain's top diplomat. David Linden MP (SNP)“The question now for the Prime Minister is whether or not she sees fit that Boris Johnson is the person best placed to lead the UK’s international relationships. “Boris Johnson was widely deplored for his appalling comments on Sirte. However, this is just the latest in a string of insensitive gaffes made by the Foreign Secretary.
October 17, 2017 13:30 UTC
The member of the High Council of State (HCS) Edriss Bufayed denounced tackling the issue of amending Libya’s constitution by the dialogue parties in Tunisia, saying that was an intervention in the work of a sovereign institution and it was illegal. Bufayed added on Facebook that Tunisia dialogue discussed putting the constitution into a referendum after being reviewed by the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) or adopt the 63 constitution with limited modifications without a referendum. He also said that the act of the dialogue parties was illegal and would push Libya backward after the CDA could finally end the conflict points in the constitution.
October 17, 2017 13:30 UTC
The Derna Relief Committee said in a statement that its campaign for the city is facing difficulties in its job but will go on with the campaign against all odds until the relief and aids convoy arrives in the city. It added that the National Company for Sea Transport refused to transport the donations as it had no ships for sailing the goods to Derna as the entire fleet it had is for shipping oil and fuel. It also said that it contacted foreign shipping firms, but they demanded air cover and international protection for shipping the aids to Derna.
The Sirte Field Operations Room of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos issued an order banning civilians from totting weapons in public places, wedding parties and other events, saying that weapons are also banned from cars in Sirte no matter what the reasons are as long as the owners of the weapons are not from security forces in the city. It also said that legal measures will be taken against the violations including those in wedding parties or any other events.
Libya national football team retreated 6 positions on the ranking list of the FIFA that was issued on Monday, thus becoming 87 internationally with 406 points. On the continental level, Libya maintained it ranking at 19 on Africa out of 54 teams. It also retreated two positions on the Arab list to become 10. Libyan was 81 on the international list in the last monthly ranking on September 14, with 422 points.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry – File photoCAIRO– 17 October 2017: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held on Tuesday talks with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar who applauded Egypt's influential status in the Middle East.Shoukry expressed Egypt's appreciation of bilateral relations with Slovenia, Spokesman for Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid said.Shoukry tackled prospects of capitalizing on the momentum created following the first ever visit by a Slovenian president to Egypt in December 2016, the spokesman said.Egypt's foreign minister heaped praise on Slovenia's support for Egypt in the European Union, especially during the latest talks on water resources management.He, meanwhile, reviewed the various aspects of the social, economic and political reform programs adopted by the Egyptian government.Shoukry highlighted Egypt's massive investment opportunities available for the Slovenian side in the mega national projects, like the project to develop the Suez Canal Axis, with the aim of boosting the central European country's 77-million-dollar investments in Egypt.Premier Cerar, for his part, expressed his country's appreciation of Egypt and its status in the Middle East.He expressed willingness to give impetus for relations with Egypt in the coming period through boosting cooperation in all domains.The Slovenian premier hailed Egypt's reforms implemented at the economic, social and political levels and expressed interest in being briefed on Egypt's anti-terror and anti-illegal immigration efforts.Egypt's assessment of the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq along with efforts meant to resolve crises there were highlighted by Shoukry during Tuesday’s meeting, the spokesman noted.
October 17, 2017 12:56 UTC
An armed group loyal to former dictator Gaddafi has threatened to cut off water supply to Tripoli from the man-made river water wells in the south if a detained green militiaman was not released from his Tripoli prison. In a video posted on Facebook, brother of Al-Mabrouk Ehnish, who was arrested and detained by the Special Deterrence Force early this week, threatened to cut off all water supplies and shut down oil and gas fields if his brother was not released within 72 hours. “If he was not released, we will burn down the man-made river water system, close Tripoli-Sabha road and gas pipelines,” he threatened from inside the control room of the man-made river system in Hasawna. “Still there will be kidnapping and murder”, he further threatened. Al-Mabrouk Ehnish is one of the leaders for the so-called "Popular Front for Liberation of Libya" that is headed by Gaddafi's henchmen who live abroad.
October 17, 2017 12:22 UTC
Boris Johnson sidesteps calls to apologise over Libya ‘dead bodies’ comments BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has sidestepped calls to apologise for his comments about clearing bodies from a Libyan city. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/boris-johnson-sidesteps-calls-to-apologise-over-libya-dead-bodies-comments-36235904.html http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article36235901.ece/8ebc8/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_4a2d9f0b-bba6-459f-a50d-b84c3445c1d1_1EmailForeign Secretary Boris Johnson has sidestepped calls to apologise for his comments about clearing bodies from a Libyan city. Mr Johnson, who sparked outrage earlier this month for saying the city of Sirte could be like Dubai if the Libyans could “clear the dead bodies away”, was twice urged to say sorry during Foreign Office questions in the Commons. My question to the Foreign Secretary today regarding his tastless remarks on Libya. Mr Johnson replied: “We must all be aware of the reality in Libya and indeed in Sirte that there is a tragic absence of security and that the problems of that city have yet to be resolved.
Boris Johnson is facing new calls to resign after he again rejected demands to apologise for making a joke about “dead bodies” in Libya getting in the way of British business investment. SNP MP David Linden said: “As foreign secretary, he’s meant to be Britain’s top diplomat. He should resign.”Labour’s shadow foreign secretary accused Johnson of hypocrisy in the attack on his critics. Boris Johnson accuses critics of his Libya remarks of trivialising the issue. Salah Suhbi, a member of the House of Representatives said the foreign secretary should be fired.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has sidestepped calls to apologise for his comments about clearing bodies from a Libyan city. Mr Johnson, who sparked outrage earlier this month for saying the city of Sirte could be like Dubai if the Libyans could “clear the dead bodies away”, was twice urged to say sorry during Foreign Office questions in the Commons. Boris Johnson sidesteps calls to apologise over Libya 'dead bodies' comments📽 My question to the Foreign Secretary today regarding his tastless remarks on Libya. pic.twitter.com/OJsh0fp2RZ — David Linden MP (@DavidLinden) October 17, 2017Mr Johnson was challenged by shadow foreign minister Fabian Hamilton to “directly apologise” to the families of the young men who died fighting in Sirte. Mr Johnson replied: “We must all be aware of the reality in Libya and indeed in Sirte that there is a tragic absence of security and that the problems of that city have yet to be resolved.
LONDON — Boris Johnson has today refused to apologise for controversial comments he made about war-torn Libya earlier this month. The foreign secretary remarked in a fringe event at the Conservative Party annual conference that the Libyan city of Sirte will have a bright future once they "clear the dead bodies away." Boris Johnson #CPC17 fringe event: Libya next Dubai “if they clear dead bodies away”Final stunt as ForeigSec?pic.twitter.com/zwjk1Dqfiu — J.N. This is just the latest gaffe from the foreign secretary. "I don’t believe that political points scoring of this kind or trivialising or ignoring the reality of the security situation in Sirte does any favours to the people of Libya," Johnson said.
October 17, 2017 11:11 UTC