The Education Office in Sabha has postponed the start of second school semester to next Sunday due to the deterioration of the security situation in the city and the location of some schools in the sites of clashes. Some families have also been displaced and unable to bring their children to school after fleeing the clashes. The clashes have already led to the deaths and injuries of tens of civilians in addition to the displacement of dozens of families. It is worth noting that many schools in the country did not resume the study for the second semester due to the strike announced by the General Teachers’ Union to demand an increase in salaries.
March 13, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Head of Murzuk General Hospital, Mohammed Wamer, said that the hospital is suffering from a shortage of medical staff and a lack of materials. Wamer explained that the hospital has been receiving patients continuously since the start of the clashes in Sabha, whose injuries vary between mild to critical, noting that some lost their lives because of the lack of facilities and specialized doctors. He added that since the beginning of March, the hospital has received 6 dead bodies, including two children and one woman, while the wounded reached 24. Murzuk General Hospital receives patients from the Tabu tribe and some Sabha residents who are injured and cannot reach Sabha Medical Center, some130 kilometers away from Murzuk.
March 13, 2018 12:11 UTC
The African Union Chairperson's special Envoy for Libya, Amira El-Fadil, said that the joint AU-EU working group to address the issues of illegal immigration in Libya will end its work by the end of May. Fadil also said in a press statement that both the AU and EU met in the Ethiopian capital last week and discussed efforts to address illegal migration. She confirmed that the group succeeded in repatriating 14,000 migrants to their countries and about 2,000 refugees to a third country, adding that they also succeeded in closing 18 shelters for migrants in Libya in cooperation with the Libyan government.
March 13, 2018 11:37 UTC
“We are continuing to assist migrants inside Libyan detention centres, while increasing efforts to reach stranded migrants outside of detention,” said Othman Belbeisi, IOM Libya Chief of Mission. Nearly half of voluntary humanitarian returns carried out by IOM from Libya are part of a larger EU-IOM initiative to protect and assist migrants in need not only in Libya but in 26 countries along the Central Mediterranean Route. Approximately 16,000 migrants have been assisted with general reintegration support such as referrals and counselling sessions, with options for trainings and job fairs in the pipeline. Over 5,000 people have received additional reintegration support, including help for individuals to set up a small business with groups of returnees or in partnership with their community. After a terrible experience in Libya, he decided to return home with help from IOM through the Joint initiative programme.
March 13, 2018 11:26 UTC
For instance, we still don’t know anything about the elections law, its exact timing or how to secure it,” he said.“We have a real legitimacy issue in our country; we need to renew it and this won’t happen except through the elections,” Nayed affirmed. He suggested making some amendments to regulate the elections.Nayed praised Egypt’s role regarding the Libyan situation and unifying the army. All of the political parties in Libya agreed that Egypt’s continuous efforts that aim to unify the army are deeply appreciated.Talking about the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in Libya, Nayed said that the MB’s distractive capabilities should not be underestimated. He gave several details about the anticipated elections, adding that they are waiting for the Elections Regulation Law, which would allow his commission to pursue its work. 8 for 2013.“This procedure will save us time and effort after receiving the elections law.
March 13, 2018 11:26 UTC
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (L) – French President Emmanuel Macron (R) – Wikimedia commonsCAIRO - 13 March 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received a telephone call from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Monday night to discuss means of boosting bilateral relations in all fields.The two leaders talked about enhancing the partnership between their countries, especially after Sisi's successful visit to France in October, said presidential spokesman Bassam Radi.They also probed efforts to counter terrorism, as well as regional developments in the Middle East, Radi said.He added that the two leaders talked about the situation in Libya and Syria in particular, with both of them stressing the need to reach political solutions to end suffering of the peoples and restore stability and unity to their countries.Sisi and Macron agreed to continue consultation and coordination about regional and international files of mutual concern, the spokesman noted.
March 13, 2018 09:56 UTC
Former Libyan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Aref Al-Nayed, has announced his intentions to run for the country’s presidency, slated for later this year. Nayed elaborated on his plans to win the elections, saying he has an integrated vision called “Reviving Libya” that includes political, economic, service, military and security reforms. He disclosed that the vision was developed by Libyan young people with the assistance of foreign expertise and advice. Aref Nayed served as the Libyan ambassador to the UAE from June 2011 to October 2016. He is backed and funded by the UAE, the country which is meddling in Libya’s internal affairs.
March 13, 2018 07:18 UTC
A labor strike at the Zawiya oil port in Libya delayed operations on Monday, but oil trading sources that spoke to Reuters said negotiations to end the disruptions are ongoing. Reuters ship tracking data said the Seagrace tanker had been scheduled to load on Tuesday from the Zawiya port. Crude oil production at Sharara, the country’s biggest oil field, was briefly suspended last week after the pipeline that feeds the crude from the field to the Zawiya terminal was blocked. Then, a group of protesters blockaded the pipeline from Sharara to Zawiya, again leading to the suspension of production at the field. Related: The OPEC Deal Could Fall Apart In JuneLast month, protests also shut down most production from another field, El Feel.
March 13, 2018 03:00 UTC
It wasn't enough to overcome a Trump administration travel ban that Chad's top diplomat declared an injustice. Tillerson, who became the most senior U.S. official to set foot in Chad, expressed hope the restrictions will be lifted. "The placement of Chad in this list was an injustice done to Chad," Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif said. "These steps I think are going to allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad," Tillerson said. So Chad's leaders felt blindsided when Trump added their citizens to the travel restrictions list, lumping Chad together with U.S. enemies like North Korea.
March 12, 2018 22:18 UTC
The Assistant Manager of the Diwan of Gharyan Municipality, Nasruddin Al-Fizani, has accused security staff assigned to protect Brega Oil Marketing fuel trucks of preventing the trucks from reaching the city, while allowing trucks heading to other cities to cross Gharyan. Al-Fizani said that such actions were perceived as a collective punishment imposed on the city, after extraditing a group of outlaws to the justice authorities for heisting one of the city's fuel trucks. He called on Brega Company to take action to ensure the flow of fuel supplies to the city in order to enable citizens and institutions to perform their work.
March 12, 2018 15:33 UTC
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it had provided emergency assistance to more than 300 illegal immigrants rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard in three separate rescue operations on Saturday. On its Facebook page Sunday, the IOM clarified that the migrants returned to the Libyan shores after failing to make it to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. The Libyan Coast Guard rescued about 335 migrants near the Libyan coast, where they were provided with health and psychological services at Abu-Sittah naval base in Tripoli before being transported to Tajoura shelter.
March 12, 2018 14:48 UTC
The Minister of Interior of the Presidential Council, Abdul Salam Ashour, said “concessions must be made, although painful, if we to get the homeland to a safe shore.”His statement came after a day of ISIS claims of responsibility for the checkpoint 60 attack, south of Ajdabiya. "We may agree or disagree politically with those who died in the terrorist bombing, but the fight on terrorism remains a common core among the sons of this nation", the minister stated. Ashour added that this attack is not the first and will not be the last, unless the Libyans join together, warning that Libyans will fall easy prey to terrorism if they remain divided.
March 12, 2018 13:52 UTC
The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) said that 5940 Libyans abroad have registered on the electoral roll in the period from February 1 to March 10. The data released by the HNEC Sunday showed that Britain had the largest number of registrants, during the same period, by 1319 voters, followed by Libyan expats in Egypt with 1035 voters. Libyan expats in the United States and Canada have reached 750 voters, while the Libyan expats in Turkey have reached 474 voters. The HNEC had earlier decided to extend the registration period for overseas voters until March 12 as aspired to Libyans aboard who were not able to register for technical reasons.
March 12, 2018 13:18 UTC
The protesting returnees accused the task force of alleged discrimination in its selective method of victims’ participating in the rehabilitation and reintegration programme organised for the victims of human trafficking and illegal migration by the state government. It took the intervention of the men and officers of the Edo Police Command to calm the protesting returnees. Godwin Obaseki is trying; but we are sorry to say that members of the task force are busy enjoyment themselves with what is meant to be for us (returnees). “While we remain grateful to the governor, however, we want the task force to be upright in its duty by doing the right thing,” he said. “There is no delay in the empowerment programme; the state government did not envisage the large number of returnees.
March 12, 2018 13:07 UTC
The Italian Embassy in Libya resumed Sunday visa processing for Libyan citizens in Tripoli and Tobruk. The Embassy explained through its Twitter account that the new visas will be granted with improved service and lower prices, adding that it has set up a special website to facilitate bookings. The Italian Embassy began in July 2017 to grant the Schengen visa for Libyan citizens in the eastern region through its office in Tobruk, which was opened in June.
March 12, 2018 12:33 UTC