Presidency Council: Hate speech against Misrata people is kind of freedom; Misrata MPs deplore

Misrata Political Bloc (MPB) has strongly deplored the statement of UN-installed Presidency Council (PC) about the Friday protest in Tripoli and demanded it to retract it. In a statement on Saturday, the MPB, which is made up of lawmakers from the House of Representatives and High Council of State, demanded the PC to apologize to Libyan people and Misrata locals regarding the hate slogans and calls for violence raised in the protest. The lawmakers said they would suspend their contacts with the PC until it bears responsibilities towards such acts and carry out its duties according to the political agreement. Later, the Presidency Council issued a statement to condemn the dispersal of protesters and said it’s “violation of freedom of speech and peaceful demonstrations.”It also called the Attorney General to set up a probe into the incident and arrest those who dispersed the protesters. Presidency Council Statement

March 18, 2017 14:26 UTC

Tripoli brigades say no to dictator Khalifa Haftar

22 armed brigades from Tripoli rejected on Friday attempts of Khalifa Haftar to put the country under the military rule and bring it back to the dictatorship era. In a statement following the protest that was spoiled by dozens of Khalifa Haftar’s supporters, the brigades, all loyal to UN-proposed Presidency Council, said glorifying people like prisoner of war Khalifa Haftar is totally rejected. “We will hit with an iron fist those who try to undermine security and create chaos in Tripoli,” the statement indicated. The brigades confirmed they will never accept Dignity Operation and they will fight terrorism and extremism. “We support activation of army and police institutions, and we are with freedom of speech and peaceful handover of power,” they confirmed.

March 18, 2017 09:33 UTC

Haftar will prevail in Libya

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), leaves after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow last November. Italy was supporting Egypt with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information but apparently retreated when the information was given to Haftar. The Kremlin’s ability to support the eventual winner in Libya will mean that no matter what occurs, Moscow wins. I beg to disagree with the detail where some people infer a decrease in tribal support for Haftar. I believe a loss of tribal support for Haftar is not what is exactly happening, quite the opposite.

March 18, 2017 06:22 UTC

Khalifa Haftar supporters spoil anti-militias protest in Tripoli, gunmen intervene

The protesters marched peacefully demanding all illegitimate armed brigades to leave Tripoli following three days of fighting and tension in some neighborhoods. Later, supporters of Khalifa Haftar sneaked into the protest and changed its course. They started glorifying him and his self-styled army and chanting racist slogans against the city Misrata. Shortly, the gunmen stormed the square and started firing automatic weapons into the air to disperse the protest. Khalifa Haftar is a controversial figure in Libya who seeks to rule the country through his self-styled army.

March 17, 2017 20:01 UTC

News Roundup - Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Calm prevailed in Tripoli on Friday after three days of tension and armed confrontations. -------------------------------------------Misrata Council of Elders said in a statement that Tripoli incidents and clashes are a plot against the 17th February revolution. -------------------------------------------Ghaniewa armed brigade of UN-installed Presidency Council said on Thursday it totally rejects Khalifa Haftar-led Dignity Operation for the crimes it had committed in Benghazi against civilians and religious scholars. -------------------------------------------Libyan Airlines launched its first flight from Mitiga Airport in Tripoli to Taminhint Airport in Sabha, south Libya, on Friday. The NAC said it will file a complaint to the Attorney General to bring the attackers to justice.

March 17, 2017 13:41 UTC

Turkish cargo ship sinks off Libya, seven missing: navy

A Turkish cargo vessel has sunk off the coast of Libya, leaving seven crew members missing, as high winds and waves battered the region, the Libyan navy said today. Six other members of the Turkish crew were rescued after the ship requested assistance several kilometres from the port of Misrata, navy spokesman General Ayoub Qassem said. He said the Turkish-flagged ship was carrying marble dust and was about 2-2.5 nautical miles from shore when it radioed a call seeking help. "The search is underway for the seven missing... but the sea is very rough and the waves are high," said Qassem. He said the ship sunk because of the "bad weather and because the ship is old"(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

March 16, 2017 17:37 UTC

News Roundup - Thu, Mar 16, 2017

--------------------------------------------8 sailors believed to be Turkish have drowned and 5 others rescued when a Turkish cargo ship carrying marble blocks to Misrata sank off the city’s port on Thursday, local sources reported. --------------------------------------------The UN-installed Presidency Council brokered late on Wednesday an agreement with loyal brigades and municipal councils to stop fighting in Tripoli. He also confirmed that a fire broke out in the buildings nearby the camps. --------------------------------------------Amal Thia, a Greece-flagged oil vessel, departed Brega oil terminal on Tuesday and headed to Italy with 600 thousand barrels of crude oil. On March 07, Brega oil terminal also said that a Norway-flagged oil tanker departed with 13 thousand tons of ammonia heading to France.

March 16, 2017 14:04 UTC

Libya factions agree ceasefire after Tripoli battle

Armed groups in Tripoli have signed a ceasefire deal ending a four-day battle for control of the Libyan capital, the unity government said today. It provides for an "immediate ceasefire" and calls for armed groups that do not recognise the GNA to leave Tripoli within 30 days. Clashes last night rocked the capital's southern Salaheddine district, where several rival militias occupy barracks. Today's deal charges GNA forces with securing areas controlled by rival groups. That agreement, which gave rise to the GNA, called for armed groups to leave Tripoli and other Libyan towns.

March 16, 2017 12:11 UTC

Libya's Haftar forces recapture oil ports at Sidra and Ras Lanuf

Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar say they have retaken key oil-rich areas in the country's eastTroops commanded by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar announced on Tuesday the recapture of two key oil installations, as fighting raged in Tripoli where a rival government has struggled to assert its authority.In eastern Libya, the army of the national parliament recaptured two oil ports, Sidra and Ras Lanuf, from the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) – a mix of militias that includes Islamists – that seized them earlier this month. Forces loyal to Haftar mounted a day-long assault by land, sea and air in order to retake the oil export terminals. The BDB then handed them over to the Petroleum Facilities Guard, affiliated to the UN-backed unity government based in Tripoli. "The armed forces... have liberated the whole of the oil crescent," pro-Haftar forces spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmari said.He added that 10 fighters of Haftar's forces were killed and that rival fighters of the BDB were being chased back to their barracks.Haftar is allied to an administration based in the eastern city of Tobruk, which is challenging the authority of the UN-backed government.Libya remains regionally split with two centres of power that politically oppose each other, and a myriad of rival armed groups that the country's two governments cannot control.Haftar's forces, known as the Libyan National Army (LNA), have been battling Islamist and other militias in the area since forcing them out of much of the country's second city, Benghazi, in February 2016.Extremist groups, including ISIS, gained a foothold in Libya after NATO-backed forces ousted veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

March 16, 2017 07:41 UTC

Unilateral ceasefire agreement signed in Tripoli

The UN-installed Presidency Council brokered late on Wednesday an agreement with loyal brigades and municipal councils to stop fighting in Tripoli. According to the ceasefire agreement, all armed brigades “rival ones” shall withdraw from Tripoli according to the Libya political agreement and release all prisoners who were arrested based on their identities. Now according to the ceasefire agreement, some of the controlled buildings would be handed over to other loyal brigades from Misrata. Reacting to the ceasefire agreement, Ghaniewa armed brigade, which now controls Rixos compound, said it was not part of the agreement and it will only accept inclusive solutions. “We will stand with Tripoli residents in their demands to expel gangs that worry them,” Ghaniewa armed brigade confirmed.

March 16, 2017 07:07 UTC

Libya's Mufti accuses Khalifa Haftar of masterminding Tripoli's current pandemonium

The Libyan Mufti, Al-Sadiq Al-Gharyani, has accused the commander of Dignity Operation, Khalifa Haftar, of being behind Tripoli's clashes. "What is happening in Tripoli nowadays is a coup on the February revolution." The Libyan Mufti said on Tanasuh TV. He also explained that the Skhirat-signed agreement is nothing but a coup on February revolution and a prologue for the era of military rule. Since early Tuesday, clashes have erupted in west Tripoli areas of Gurji, Hay Al-Andalus, Dreibi, Hay Al-Islami, Gergaresh, and Ghout Shaal.

March 15, 2017 21:11 UTC

Summary of Tripoli Security Situations

Following is a summary of current situations in the capital Tripoli following two days of chaos and fighting:East Tripoli (Tajoura, Souq Jomaa, Arada, Fashloum, Al-Hani, Zanatah, Nofolian, Bin Ashor, Ein Zarah, Sabaah and Furnaj): Life and traffic are normal, no clashes. Central Tripoli (Martyrs’ Square and the surrounding streets, Shat Road, Zawiya Street, Al-Soor Road): Life and traffic are normal, no clashes. The area is now under control of Ghaniewa armed brigade of the UN-proposed Presidency Council. Now these areas under control of Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade of the UN-proposed Presidency Council. These areas are still under control of rival brigades to UN-proposed Presidency Council.

March 15, 2017 20:26 UTC

Western ambassadors demand fighting end at oil ports

Ambassadors of France, UK, Italy, and the US expressed profound concern about the growing violence at the oil crescent region. In a joint statement, they called for an end to the fighting in there so that Libya can avoid having its oil sector's infrastructure damaged. They added that the oil facilities must be under the supervision and protection of the National Oil Corporation alone as per the UN Security Council's resolutions.

March 15, 2017 12:56 UTC

EU urges Russia's man to give back Libya ports

EU states and the US have urged a Russia-backed Libyan warlord to hand back oil ports, amid warnings that Russia was trying to do in Libya what it did in Syria. The EU is also working with the GNA to stop migrants after 181,000 people came via Libya to claim asylum in Europe last year. Haftar, whose so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) controls eastern Libya, has received funding, military training, and diplomatic support from Russia. He met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow in November. She said her work with Turkey on Syria was “constructive” despite the dispute over Turkish rallies in the EU.

March 15, 2017 08:30 UTC

Situations in Libyan capital of Tripoli are tense

The Rixos fighting comes hours after the violent clashes in western Tripoli areas. The highway and other roads leading to Rixos hotel compound were closed, while situations are still very tense. It said in a statement it will not stand idly by while fighting rages in the capital. “We demand both sides to withdraw to their locations, free identity-based abductees and open the roads,” the statement reads. The Rixos compound is the HQ of the first elected parliament in Libya, the General National Congress.

March 15, 2017 08:15 UTC

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