Refugees released from detention arrive at the newly opened Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli, Libya. © UNHCR/Farah HarwidaUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with Libyan authorities, evacuated 133 refugees from Libya to Niger today after hosting them at a Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli which opened on Tuesday. It offers immediate protection and safety for vulnerable refugees in need of urgent evacuation, and is an alternative to detention for hundreds of refugees currently trapped in Libya,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. The centre, which has been supported by the EU and other donors, has a capacity to shelter up to 1,000 vulnerable refugees identified for solutions out of Libya. Child friendly spaces and dedicated protection staff are also available to ensure that refugees and asylum-seekers are adequately cared for.
December 06, 2018 14:14 UTC
The UNSMIL Deputy Head for Political Affairs Stephanie Williams stressed the importance of opening a United Nations office in Benghazi. "Stephanie Williams met with Benghazi Mayor Mr. Saqar Boujwari and discussed the importance of opening the UN office in the city," UNSMIL tweeted, adding that Williams discussed UN support for de-mining and the positive impacts of the economic reforms.
December 06, 2018 12:45 UTC
Sirte Security Directorate confirmed Wednesday the recovery of human remains from the liberation war of Sirte against ISIS in 2016The Directorate explained on Facebook that it had received a report regarding the presence of some human remains in one of the city's neighbourhoods. "The Criminal Investigation Office moved to the site immediately to retrieve the remains and hand them over to the competent authorities," the directorate explained. The Directorate called on citizens to report any suspicious object at the nearest police station in the city.
December 06, 2018 12:22 UTC
The High Council of State (HCS) postponed its meeting, which was scheduled to be held yesterday, to next Monday in order to give an opportunity for informal dialogues between members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the HCS. The HCS head Khaled Al-Mishri revealed that informal meetings are being conducted with the President of the HoR to reach consensus on the tenth and eleventh amendments to the constitutional declaration and to overcome the legal imbalances existed.
December 06, 2018 12:22 UTC
The Director of the National Centre for Disease Control Badr al-Din Najjar held a press conference on Wednesday, in the presence of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, during which he announced the launch of a campaign to vaccinate more than 2 million children throughout Libya, against measles, poliomyelitis, and rubella. Najjar said the campaign will target children from birth to the age of 15, in addition to routine daily immunizations carried out by the centre, pointing out that similar campaigns had been conducted before. “The campaign will target 2 million and 750 thousand children,” Najjar explained, “It will start 8 December 2018 and continue until 15 of the same month,” he added, stressing that all vaccinations are available in the center's warehouses, as well as all hospitals and health facilities.
December 06, 2018 11:03 UTC
Mayor of Sabha Hamed al-Khayali said Wednesday that the fuel crisis in the southern region is on its way to solution, as fuel convoys will proceed from Misurata next Sunday. Al-Khayali added that the two municipal councils of Misurata and Sabha had agreed with the commander of the Central Military Region, Major General Mohammed Al-Haddad, to secure convoys of fuel and food commodities to the city of Sabha. “The municipality has put in place with the concerned parties plans to ensure the arrival of foodstuffs and fuel to the consumer while convoys from Misurata continue,” Khayali said.
December 06, 2018 09:56 UTC
Commander of the so-called Dignity Operation Khalifa Haftar arrived in Rome Wednesday, three weeks after Palermo International Conference on Libya. Haftar is to meet Thursday the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to discuss illegal migration issue, according to the Italian newspaper Il Messaggro. It also added that Haftar will hold talks with US Ambassador to Tunisia David Robinson. Haftar had left Jordan just hours before the arrival of the Presidential Council head, Fayez al-Sarraj, who denied meeting Haftar following reports on their meeting.
December 06, 2018 09:33 UTC
Gunfights and bladed weapons have claimed the lives of 7 people and the injury of over 500 others in Benghazi last November, according to official statistics. Al-Jalaa Hospital for Trauma and General Surgery had received seven bodies including a Pakistani national, in addition to 503 wounded, their injuries varied between minor to critical, security and medical sources reported. The sources pointed out that the majority of victims were young people aged between 20 to 30. In 2017, around 4017 victims of fighting, armed robbery, and house attacks arrived at Al-Jalaa Hospital, compared to 3039 cases in 2016 and 1635 cases in 2015. The city of Benghazi is witnessing a deteriorating security situation and the proliferation of arms, which caused hundreds of civilian casualties, including women and children.
December 06, 2018 05:15 UTC
Foreign workers arrested for document falsification in Benghazi http://lyo.ly/cd5Al Jala Hospital: Traffic accidents in November kill 9 and injure over 400 in the east http://lyo.ly/cd7Intercept: Documents prove vast network of US military bases in Africa http://lyo.ly/cd8PC member Maiteeq discusses bilateral relations with UK ambassador http://lyo.ly/cd9IOM to repatriate 105 migrants from Zuwara to their countries http://lyo.ly/cdcMayor of Jufra denies figures released by IOM regarding displaced families from Fuqaha area http://lyo.ly/cdd439 killed in road accidents in third quarter of 2018, Traffic and Licensing Department confirms http://lyo.ly/cdfNasser qualifies for next round of CAF Champions League http://lyo.ly/cdgSharqiyah Mayor: negotiation continue over release of local dignitaries http://lyo.ly/cdhBenghazi residents take two days off due to bad weather Libya http://lyo.ly/cdqAl-Sirraj asks US Secretary of State to block negative foreign intervention in Libya http://lyo.ly/cds
December 05, 2018 18:56 UTC
The Libyan east-based Interim Government has announced two days off in Benghazi – Wednesday and Thursday – due to heavy rain and bad weather conditions. Benghazi has seen, over the last days, heavy rainfall and floods, which reached various vital institutions including Benina Airport. Meanwhile, the Interim Government’s spokesman Hatim Al-Araibi said the city is on alert to respond for any happenings due to the weather conditions. The emergency room of Benghazi Scouts asked the concerned authorities to head to Bunasib area in Benghazi to help families in distress. Eastern Libya is seeing considerable rainfalls that have wreaked havoc in the region due to poor infrastructure.
December 05, 2018 18:22 UTC
Flag of Qatar – Wikimedia CommonsCAIRO – 1 December 2018: Qatari Leaks, the platform run by the Qatari opposition, revealed on Saturday that the princedom has started to back a militant group called Ansar al-Bukhary (Bukhary supporters) in Syria to substitute the Islamic State (IS) and Ahrar al-Sham Front, formerly known as Nusra Front.The video posted on the Twitter account says that the group is led by Ayman Gawad al-Tamimy and has originated in Uzbekistan. The group was launched in Aleppo, and the number of its members is currently 500.Qatari Leaks reported that the group announced its presence after the boycott of Qatar by the Arab quartet for supporting terrorism last year, and that is supported financially and logistically by Sheikh Eid Al Thani Charity Association.Also, one of the main fund providers is Abd Al Rahman al-Nuaymi who was named by the U.S. Department of The Treasury in 2013 as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) "Tamimy went to Doha to receive instructions from Nuaymi and a fund worth $700,000. The group members also received training in the Al Waqra camp in Qatar, and headed to Syria, Libya, and Egypt, according to Qatari Leaks.Tamimy also met with Abou al-Qasem al-Oteidy, one of the group's leaders, in London as he got orders to launch terror attacks in Egypt and Libya. Both had set plans to execute such attacks in November 2018 with a fund of $80 million from Doha.Expert in Islamist Groups Affairs and International Terrorism Monir Adib told Lebanese newspaper Al Nahar in September that Ansar al-Bukhary has presence in Eretria, Nigeria, and Somalia, and that is composed of militants who were part of IS and al-Qaeda affirming it acquires funds from Qatar.Researcher in Islamist Movements Affairs Omar Farouk told Al Nahar that IS leader Abou Bakr al-Boghdady was moved in 2017 to Turkish borders and later to Libya to lead the recently formed group.
December 01, 2018 11:37 UTC
Several crude oil terminals in Libya have been closed due to inclement weather, with oil production in the country already down by 150,000 bpd and likely to drop by a further 50,000 bpd, Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Friday. Loading schedules at the currently closed oil terminals have been postponed, the company noted. Libya’s current oil production has already fallen by 150,000 bpd and is likely to be cut by another 50,000 bpd, due to lack of additional storage capacity at the closed ports. Following severe production and export disruptions in the early summer, Libya’s oil production has been steadily rising over the past three months. In August, production recovered to average 955,000 bpd, while Libya’s production in September further jumped by 100,000 bpd to average 1.054 million bpd, and then by yet another 60,000 bpd to average 1.114 million bpd in October, as per data from OPEC’s secondary sources.
December 01, 2018 00:00 UTC
NOC breaks 2018 monthly revenue record and projects a 73 percent increaseBy Sami Zaptia. This represents the highest year-to-date monthly total of 2018, and represents an increase of US$ 1.21 billion (+73%) from the September figure. The NOC said that its total projected revenue for 2018 is estimated at US$ 23.7 billion, which equates to a 73 percent year-on-year increase. The Libyan Oil and Gas Council (LOGC), the body representing local Libyan private sector oil and gas related companies, has repeatedly called on the NOC to award more contracts to local Libyan companies. It has called on the NOC to abandon the Qaddafi-era practice of using “technical know-how” and “experience” as an excuse to exclude local companies and award to foreign companies – in pursuit of commissions.
November 30, 2018 19:07 UTC
U.S. confirms conducting airstrike in south Libya killing eleven AQIM terroristsBy Sami Zaptia. London, 30 November 2018:U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) reported today that it had conducted what it referred to as “a precision airstrike” near Al Uwaynat, in southern Libya, yesterday. AFRICOM said eleven al-Qa’ ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorists were killed and three vehicles were destroyed. This is the third U.S. strike against AQIM in Libya. We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing terrorists from establishing safe haven”, the statement concluded.
November 30, 2018 18:37 UTC
Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 30th November 2018Christmas is coming … and so are the first flights at Corvera! 22 towns in Spain form the consortium of drumming festivals which has been declared an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Murcia and Spanish property newsThe most eye-catching news regarding the Spanish property market this week came out on Friday, when government figures for September showed that the monthly total of loans registered was the highest for over 7 years at 32,457. For more details on these and other stories in the Spanish news scroll down below…Would you like to receive this bulletin? If you enjoyed this free weekly round-up, then please forward it on to your friends.
November 30, 2018 14:48 UTC