A study conducted by UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the National Center for Disease Control shows that 30 percent of water inside Libyan schools is contaminated. The UNICEF said in a statement on their official website on Wednesday that the study included 140 schools in western, eastern and southern Libya, indicating that more than half of the schools assessed have a shortage of drinking water. The study showed that more than half of the water samples contained harmful bacteria, making children vulnerable to harmful diseases and epidemics.
May 17, 2018 12:00 UTC
“I played [for the national team] later because of what that game did for me,” he says. In the end I decided to go and started playing internationally and I did really well with the national team. He was also an occasional participant for Libya's national team. “In that particular national team he didn’t play,” he says. “He played some friendly games with the national team.
May 17, 2018 11:37 UTC
The central sector of the Libyan Coast Guard stated that they have had difficulties in rescuing or recovering illegal immigrants, according to a statement issued on Wednesday. The Coast Guard stated that the bodies of migrants who are pulled from the sea stay for long periods of time on the shore before being delivered to the relevant authorities, including a body of Eritrean migrant, which remained at Khoms Naval Base for four days. The head of the central sector of Libyan Coast Guard, Colonel Reda Issa, said that the unit is vulnerable to epidemics and diseases when rescuing migrants or retrieving bodies as a result of not vaccinating them or providing them with the correct medical supplies.
May 17, 2018 11:15 UTC
The Mayor of Benghazi municipality, Abdul Rahman Abbar, who was appointed by the military governor of the eastern region, stated that he hoped Britain would contribute to mine clearance and participate in the reconstruction of Benghazi. During his meeting with the British ambassador in Libya, Frank Baker, Abbar said that the war led to the destruction of much of the city`s infrastructure, pointing out that this visit would open the door of cooperation between the two countries. For his part, Baker said that his country seeks to contribute to the demining process and now it’s planning to hold a Libyan-British economic conference in the presence of a delegation of large British companies specialized in Infrastructure in the coming days.
May 17, 2018 11:15 UTC
The Derna Protection Force (DPF) said it repelled the attack of Dignity Operation armed groups Wednesday on the Fatayeh and Dahr Homer fronts, south of the city. A source from the DPF also confirmed that five Dignity Operation fighters were killed, adding that their bodies were transferred to Hareish Hospital in the city. “DPF fighters seized six military vehicles in addition to arms and ammunition from Dignity Operation,” the source said. The source also confirmed that a member of the DPF was also killed and three civilians were injured as a result of an airstrike carried out by a unmanned aircraft on the city. Fierce clashes broke out on Wednesday in Fatayeh and Dahr Homer fronts, while a number of districts of Derna were struck by air strikes which led to a number of civilian casualties.
May 17, 2018 10:52 UTC
Following large-scale military exercises and threatening statements from National Security Advisor John Bolton, North Korea has announced the cancellation of an Inter-Korean meeting between officials from the North and South. Wednesday is Loud & Clear's regular segment Beyond Nuclear, looking at nuclear issues including weapons, energy, waste, and the future of nuclear technology in the United States. Kevin Kamps, the Radioactive Waste Watchdog at the organization Beyond Nuclear, and Nicole Roussell, producer for Loud & Clear, join the show. Countries around the world have condemned the Israeli response to Palestinian demonstrations, and that criticism has moved into the United Nations. Brian and John speak with Ambassador Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK.
May 16, 2018 22:07 UTC
Here is a recap of Wednesday’s news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acPresidential Council forms Libya’s south security force http://lyo.ly/7b7Al-Ittihad draws Al-Ahli Tripoli, boosts its chances to win Libya Soccer League title http://lyo.ly/7b3HCS member blames Presidential Council and Tobruk parliament for silence on Derna invasion http://lyo.ly/7ayDeputy Speaker of HoR calls for parliament relocation in Benghazi http://lyo.ly/7axLibyan human rights group calls for new Deterrence Agency formation decision to be revoked http://lyo.ly/7awSarraj meets with delegation from the south to discuss latest events http://lyo.ly/7avCBL blames Audit Bureau for soaring food prices http://lyo.ly/7atLibya to pay debts owed to Jordanian hospitals soon, Libyan ambassador confirms http://lyo.ly/7an200 million dinar budget to be disbursed for Libyan municipal councils http://lyo.ly/7amBuraq Air halts flights to Tobruk Airport due to bad runway http://lyo.ly/7aj
May 16, 2018 21:11 UTC
The Derby of Tripoli between Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli Tripoli and the Derby of Benghazi between Al-Ahli and Al-Naser took place on Tuesday as part of the second round of the round-of-four of the Libyan Soccer League. Al-Ahli Tripoli and Al-Ittihad drew 1-1 at Misrata stadium. Despite all efforts put by the two teams in the second half to win the match to their side, Al-Ahli Tripoli and Al-Ittihad heard the final whistle. Meanwhile, Al-Ittihad topped the round with 4 points, Al-Ahli Benghazi came second with 3, Al-Ahli Tripoli third with 2 points and Al-Naser fourth with 1 point. Al-Ittihad vs Al-Naser will take place in Tripoli and Al-Ahli Benghazi vs Al-Ahli Tripoli will take place in Benghazi.
May 16, 2018 18:56 UTC
But Trump appeared to shrug off the warning saying the U.S. hadn't been notified. "We haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything," Trump said as he welcomed the president of Uzbekistan to the White House. North Korea may have also been responding to aims for the summit aired by Bolton and Pompeo in Sunday morning talk shows last weekend. "We will continue to go ahead and plan the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un," Nauert said. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier Wednesday that preparations for the summit were ongoing despite the cancellation threat and that Trump is hopeful the meeting will still take place.
May 16, 2018 16:35 UTC
An international rights group says European countries share responsibility for hundreds of migrants intercepted by Libyan authorities and sent to "squalid detention centers." Amnesty International said Wednesday that in the past two months at least 2,600 migrants have been transferred to such centers, where it says they face torture and extortion. European countries have backed Libyan efforts to stem the tide of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. Amnesty says that makes the Europeans responsible for abuses carried out by Libyan forces. Libya was plunged into chaos after a 2011 uprising toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.
May 16, 2018 16:18 UTC
By MARK MICALLEFFirst published by ISS TodaySpeaking in Geneva recently, Libya’s National Oil Corporation head Mustafa Sanalla launched an impassioned plea to European partners to help his country combat fuel smuggling. The practice of smuggling heavily subsidised fuel from Libya (fuel there costs as little as $0.02c/0.03c per litre) is costing the country an estimated $750-million a year. The most significant development in this respect has been the emergence of large-scale sea-bound fuel smuggling to Europe and Turkey on board fuel tankers, particularly off Libya’s west coast. Rome agreed to add fuel smuggling to the memorandum of understanding it signed with the UN-sanctioned Government of National Accord in February 2017. Sanalla’s point about fuel smuggling can be made about most other smuggling markets.
May 16, 2018 15:00 UTC
Human Rights Solidarity has expressed their concern regarding the decision of the Presidential Council to form the Deterrence Agency for Combat Organized Crime and Terrorism. The human rights group explained in a statement on Tuesday that the decision allowed members of the new deterrence force to spy and wiretap communications and social networks without the need to seek permission of the judiciary. The statement called on civil society organizations and activists to demand the cancellation of the decision and file a lawsuit against it to bring it before the Administrative Court in case the decision is not invalidated.
A member of the High Council of State from Derna, Mansur Hasadi, said on Tuesday that the responsibility of the military escalation in the region of Fatayeh in Derna falls on the shoulders of the Presidential Council and the House of Representatives, describing their silence as shameful. Hasadi said in a press statement that Fatayeh is being subjected to shelling as well as an invasion which will follow with the displacement of its population. He added that the lives of children and their blood will stain officials of the House of Representatives and the Presidential Council, describing the war as illegal. It is worth noting that Dignity Operation forces have launched a large-scale attack on the city of Derna after more than three years of siege.
The First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Fawzi Nuwairi, called on members of the HoR to move to the Benghazi headquarters and abide by what he called their constitutional duty. In a statement published on the official website of the HoR, Nuwairi added that they will work to complete procedures and amend a number of decisions required for meetings to continue. He urged the head of the HoR secretariat to begin equipping the headquarters of parliament in Benghazi as soon as possible. Nuweiri added that the constitutional declaration states that the permanent headquarters of the House of Representatives is the city of Benghazi, adding that three years ago they could not meet there after being informed by the Ministry of Interior and the security services of the impossibility of holding House of Representatives meetings in Benghazi.
The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has held the Libyan Audit Bureau responsible for the scarcity of supply goods and high prices in the Libyan market. The CBL said in a statement released on Tuesday that the decision of the head of the Audit Bureau issued on the 28th of March regarding the suspension of the Presidential Council Decision No. 363 of 2018 on the supply of commodities had negatively affected the market and added to the suffering of citizens. The statement added that the CBL is ready to support any initiative taken by competent authorities to alleviate the suffering of citizens and the provision of commodities during the month of Ramadan.
May 16, 2018 13:52 UTC