Seven people were injured in a separate attack in a town of Cambrils, 120km away. The Barcelona carnage is yet another incident in a growing string of lone-wolf attacks that have ripped through major European cities over the past two years. “People have to open their eyes – two weeks ago it was Germany, last week it was France, this week Spain. “How do you fight, how do you stop someone ramming a van or a truck into a crowd?” Mirkovic asked. “What they have is just big database stuff,” she said, adding the problem is rooting in the bulk of information intelligence agencies cannot process alone.
August 18, 2017 07:41 UTC
"We carefully observe the warrant issued by the international Criminal Court against Major. Mahmoud Mustafa Al-Werfalli accusing him of war crimes based on photos and videos posted on social media showing him assassinating terrorist group members." Al-Masmari also said that the decision to hold the notorious killer in custody and place him under investigation came to respect international conventions, international Humanitarian Law and as an adherence to the teachings of Islamic Sharia. "ICC should rest assured that investigation procedures ensuring justice are ongoing under Libyan Military Law and Al-Werfalli has been suspended and detained since Haftar's order (No. Human Rights Watch also backed up the arrest warrant of the ICC of the eastern forces' infamous serial killer, Al-Werfalli, saying he must be surrendered to the international justice body.
August 17, 2017 20:37 UTC
According to his report, Libya is “now home to a thriving trade in humans. “The Libya intervention was successful,” says Hamid, “The country is better off today than it would have been had the international community allowed dictator Muammar Qaddafi to continue his rampage across the country.”In this, Hamid is hardly alone. Left-activists in thrall to a Trotskyite vision of permanent revolution also continue to make the case that NATO’s intervention was a net positive for the country. In a recent interview with In These Times, Leila Al-Shami claimed that “If Gaddafi had not fallen, Libya now would look very much like Syria. [For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Hillary Clinton’s Failed Libya ‘Doctrine.’”]James W. Carden served as an adviser on Russia policy at the US State Department.
August 17, 2017 18:56 UTC
Libya repatriates 135 Nigerian migrantsLibyan authorities on Thursday repatriated 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, an official said. “We are organising… the voluntary repatriation of 135 clandestine Nigerian migrants who were rescued offshore by the coastguard,” said Hosni Abu Ayanah of the Libyan government agency tackling illegal migration. The Libyan authorities have coordinated with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to run special flights to repatriate migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa. Following the 2011 NATO-backed revolt that toppled and killed Kadhafi, people traffickers have exploited the chaos rocking Libya to transport ever more migrants towards Italy, 300 kilometres away. This post was syndicated from The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
August 17, 2017 15:56 UTC
In a press statement, Al-Raeid said that the HoR members who are in Tripoli - and who are in favor of the LPA - are more than those who are in Tobruk, stressing that they lack the needed quorum for convening legal sessions. "In one year and a half, there had been no full quorum session in the HoR in Tobruk." He also said that soon the HoR boycotting members will gather in Tripoli and convene a legal session, adding that those who don't want the LPA are against building a state in Libya. Several HoR members who are with the LPA and against the Speaker Aqialh Saleh in Tobruk are in Tripoli with conflicting news being circulated over the last period about their intention to hold a full quorum session in the capital. Abu Bakir Baira - an HoR member against the LPA - visited Tripoli recently and met with the boycotting members, where he told the press that a legal HoR session must take place outside Tobruk and a new Speaker must be elected.
August 17, 2017 15:45 UTC
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a Libyan military commander who is accused of being responsible for summary executions. In a statement, the ICC said it "issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya." Welcoming the ICC's decision, Amnesty International's North Africa director, Hebe Morayef urged Libyan authorities to comply with the warrant. "Today’s decision by the ICC is a significant step towards ending the rampant impunity for war crimes in Libya. “The Libyan authorities must urgently comply with this arrest warrant and hand Mahmoud al-Werfelli over to the ICC to face his accusers in a fair trial."
August 17, 2017 14:48 UTC
A shipment of humanitarian aid from the Italian Development Cooperation Agency arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday for the Sabratha University Hospital aboard an Italian Air Force cargo plane. Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, stated on Italian news agency AKI that an Italian Air Force cargo plane transported 11 tons of aid to Sabratha University Hospital, 80 km west of Tripoli, on Wednesday morning.
August 17, 2017 13:57 UTC
The head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj said that the military is forbidden to conduct meetings at home and abroad without the prior approval of specialized bodies within the army. Sarraj demanded in a statement published on Wednesday as the supreme commander of the Libyan army, the need to open an investigation into the military personnel who carried out these acts by the judiciary of the army, explaining that the accused represent a serious breach and are in explicit violation of military law.
August 17, 2017 13:47 UTC
The head of the Sports Security Committee of the Security Directorate of Tripoli, AbdelBasit Tabal, stated that the directorate is able to secure matches in the Libyan league to reach as high an audience as 40 thousand spectators. Tabal added in a press statement that they are fully prepared to provide security for all local and international matches, particularly the Super Cup match between Ahli and Hilal, which will take place next week.
August 17, 2017 13:44 UTC
The Misrata Municipal Council said in a statement on Wednesday that one of their members, AbuBakr Harish and all members of the delegation representing Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos Operation represent only themselves in their recent visit to Qatar. The Council explained that the visit took place without prior coordination with them, describing the Municipal Council as the only legitimate representative of the city of Misrata .
August 17, 2017 13:44 UTC
The head of the Competitions Committee of the Libyan Football Federation, Hussein Morabet, announced that the Local Super Cup between Ahli Tripoli and Hilal, will be held on August 23. Morabet also explained that the Competition Committee is waiting for security approval in order for the audience to attend the match. The Libyan football league began on Tuesday with four matches after a break of more than two years.
August 17, 2017 13:42 UTC
Defend Europe anti-humanitarian vigilante boat C-Star is sailing close to Malta, reportedly sailing back to CyprusThe ship chartered by the far-right ‘Defend Europe’ to hinder migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean from carrying out their humanitarian missions, is sailing close to Malta as it charts a course to Kalecik, Cyprus.The boat was denied entry to Catania as a wave of protest escalated against the group’s mission to prevent the rescue of asylum seekers and refugees at sea.After leaving Cyprus on 1 August and being advised not to dock in Greece or Sicily for fear of protests, the C-Star briefly tracked the Aquarius, a search and rescue boat operated by the NGO SOS Mediterranée, off the coast of Libya at the weekend.But on 7 August, Tunisian fishermen also prevented the 40m C-Star from entering the Zarzis harbour, forcing the vessel to head further along the north African country’s coast in search of supplies.The vessel has so far not entered in Maltese waters, and has not made a request for entry into Malta.Earlier this week, three rescue missions led by Médècins Sans Frontieres, Save the Children, and Sea-Watch, had to dock their vessels on advice that they could be at the receiving end of violent retribution from the Libyan Navy, which is now intercepting departing boats of migrants and returning them to Libyan shores.Maltese NGO Aditus launched an appeal on Facebook calling on the Maltese authorities not to allow the vessel to dock in Malta, and not to cooperate with “an organisation that has demonstrated itself to be racist, and with a mission that clearly aims to violate basic human rights.”‘Defend Europe’ was set up to collect funds in a bid to a campaign at sea to ward off rescue missions from bringing in asylum seekers and migrants fleeing African shores.The far-Right and anti-Muslim group is made up of young people from France, Germany, Italy and Austria, inspired by the ‘Generation Identitaire’ movement – somewhat associated with the American alt-right movement.The group claims the rescuing of refugees from the Mediterranean Sea, where more than 2,400 men, women and children have drowned so far this year, is part of an “invasion” endangering the continent.It supporters chartered the C-Star to launch a vigilante-style mission and take on the dozen or so humanitarian organisations who pluck refugees and migrants from sinking boats and dinghies.But after developing engine trouble at sea, the group was forced to issue a distress call. The European Union Naval Force Mediterranean’s Operation Sophia said the distress call was flagged to Sea Eye, a German volunteer rescue organisation whose vessel is currently nearest to C-Star.“As our Sea Eye cutter is closest to the C-Star, we were commissioned by MRCC Rome (the sea tributary centre for the western Mediterranean) to help the ship,” Michael Buschheuer, chairman of Sea Eye, said: “To help in distressed persons is the duty of everyone who is at sea - indifferent to their origin, skin colour, religion or spirit.”
August 17, 2017 10:07 UTC
The head of the Tuberculosis Department at the National Communicable Disease Control Centre in Tripoli, Mohammed al-Farjani, said that many patients suffering from tuberculosis infection were unable to obtain treatment due to the lack of the anti-tuberculosis vaccine, which had completely vanished for nearly two months. Farjani told Libya Channel that they only received 25% of the quantity needed during this week that was provided by some local suppliers and with the help of some benefactors, while about 2000 cases remained untreated. He explained that a shipment is expected to arrive next Wednesday, and if it arrives, it will be distributed immediately and on the same day to cases that are still pending, putting the blame on the bad administrative system and complications, which monopolizes the medicine supply claiming the fear of misuse of medicine.
August 17, 2017 09:00 UTC
Armed groups engaged in heavy fighting in Janan Atia district in Ajaylat town, some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli, on Wednesday, leaving a number of people dead and others wounded. Local sources said the fighting first erupted between two families earlier this week, but later it intensified into heavy exchange of fire between armed groups supporting the warring families. The reason of the clashes is not known, but some sources claimed it was a tribal dispute. Ajaylat mayor Kamal Zayad said mediation efforts are being exerted to calm down the tension, demanding Tripoli-based ministries of interior and defense to intervene to stop the fighting. The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya expressed concern over the deterioration of security situations in the town.
August 17, 2017 08:48 UTC
Almadar Mobile Operator has successfully launched its evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) network in Libya. The state-run company said the new network will be available in Tripoli while other cities will be covered with HSPA+ service soon. Almadar offers the service in three plans; Net3, Net5 and Facebook. With Net3, customers can get 3 gigabyte per month at a cost of LYD 30 dinars. Net5 offers 5 gigabyte per month at a cost of LYD 45 dinars.
August 17, 2017 08:15 UTC