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ReutersChristians living under the yoke of Islamist extremism in Libya face even greater danger following reports that the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda have formed an unholy alliance in the southern part of the country. "Al-Qaeda is providing logistics and support to help [ISIS] re-group and launch attacks," Barghathi added. AdvertisementThe alliance between the two terrorist groups could signal an even more worrisome persecution of Christians still holding out in Libya. There has been no word yet on whether the stranded Christian workers were able to return home. The terrorist group showed it means what it says when it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians kidnapped in Libya in February 2015.
East Libyan forces mobilising for counter attack at oil portsEast Libyan forces carried out fresh air strikes on Monday and said they were mobilising ground forces as they attempt to win back two of Libya's largest oil ports, military officials said. LNA forces are currently stationed at Al Uqaylah, about 70 km (45 miles) southeast of Ras Lanuf, military spokesman Akram Buhaliqa said. Es Sider and Ras Lanuf were badly damaged in previous rounds of fighting and have been operating far below normal capacity. Waha Oil Co pumps oil to Es Sider, but has reduced output "due the company's limited storage capacity and fears about the evolution of events in Es Sider," NOC official Alaokali said. A second tanker, the Overseas Redwood, is due to dock at Es Sider on Thursday to load another cargo for OMV, the source said.
The Turkish Embassy in Tripoli has denied Turkey’s involvement in the ongoing clashes in the oil crescent region. The Embassy said in a statement that allegations of Tobruk-based House of Representatives about Turkey’s support to Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) are baseless. House of Representatives accused Qatar and Turkey of supplying weapons to BDB in their attack on Dignity Operation forces in the oil crescent region.
A delegation of Chinese state firms visited Jadu city, western Libya, on Saturday and showed a number of projects that Jadu municipality is trying to get done, especially at the water, infrastructure, agriculture, health and electricity sectors. The media office of Jadu municipality said they agreed with the Chinese delegation on having an outline by the engineers from Jadu and then hand it to the Chinese firms in the coming two weeks to have a look at it, saying that after agreeing on implementing the projects, Jadu municipality will communicate with the government relevant authorities for the needed finances.
Chief of Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) of UN-proposed Presidency Council Brig. Idriss Saleh Abu Khamada declared on Sunday that his forces will take over oil ports in the coming days. Speaking to Arraed TV, Abu Khamada ordered all PFG personnel to get ready for the takeover, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the oil crescent region. Benghazi Defense Brigades expelled Dignity Operation forces from Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil terminals on Friday and demanded state authorities to take them over while they continue their advance toward Benghazi. Meanwhile, senior commander of Benghazi Defense Brigades Yasir Al-Jabali said armed brigades from Tripoli, Misrata and Sabha have joined their forces in the ongoing battle for the return of Benghazi IDPs.
The municipality of the eastern city of Ajdabiya called for arming the civilian residents from those who are capable of carrying weapons as the forces of Defend Benghazi Brigades had advanced deeper eastward. Ajdabiya municipality said in a statement Sunday. The mayor of the Ajdabiya municipality, Embarek Al-Minfi, is a pro-Haftar person. Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB) launched early on Friday a fresh military operation to facilitate the return of Benghazi IDPs to their city, according to Boshra News Agency, the news outlet of Benghazi Shura Council. The DBB forces took control of Ras Lanuf oil terminal and airport as well as Essidra oil terminal in central Libya, in addition to Ben Jawad and Nofaliya towns, in a surprise attack on Dignity Operation forces there.
A group of African immigrants have been brutally killed by human smugglers in the western city of Sabratha, sources say. 15 illegal immigrants of African nationalities were found in a landfill inside Fanar forest near the sea with several shots in their bodies. 160 others are still missing and their fate is unknown. The sources indicated that a brawl broke out between the immigrants and human smugglers over payment ahead of their sea journey to Europe has led to this heinous crime. Sabratha is one of the cities that immigrants use to cross to Europe.
Earlier, Al-Mismari accused Qatar and Turkey of supplying advanced military equipment to Benghazi Defense Brigades ahead of their military operation in oil ports. Dignity Operation media outlets also claimed that Al-Qaeda group wants to occupy oil ports and east Libya region. Traditionally, Dignity Operation accuses opponents of being terrorists and classifies them as ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood. Dignity Operation has also a human rights group working for its agenda. Benghazi Defense Brigades are made up of Benghazi residents who were forcibly driven out of their city.
Libyan armed forces based in the east have launched more airstrikes against militias that seized oil terminals a day earlier, saying forces from the country's rival west were declaring war against them. Col. Ahmed Mosmary, spokesman for forces commanded by army chief Gen. Khalifa Hifter, says three airstrikes Saturday hit targets in the area around the al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf terminals, where at least nine soldiers were killed in Friday's attack that drove out the army. He says the army has ...
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry declared on Friday that 4 of its nationals have been released from Libya. The ministry said in a statement that 4 crewmembers of the Temeteron tanker were released by Libyan authorities on Thursday and they had returned home safely. Libyan Coast Guard intercepted Temeteron tanker in June 2016 off Abu Kamash shores in Zuwara, western Libya. Nine crewmen; a Russian captain, 7 Ukrainian crewmembers and another from Greece were on board the tanker, which was about to smuggle Libyan fuel into Europe markets. The Russian Foreign Ministry also declared today one of its nationals have been freed from Libya.
The Ministry of Education has refuted rumours of school suspension and confirmed that all classes are going to resume on Sunday. Social media pages spread a rumour on Saturday claiming the classes would be postponed until March 12 due to Tripoli’s Abu Salim incidents. “Those social media pages aim to obstruct the educational process,” Al-Gadawi said, urging people to unlike them and report them to Facebook. He also called all educational staff to start school as scheduled and turn a blind eye to those rumours. The rumour was first posted on a fake Facebook page called “Ministry of Education” before going viral on other social media pages.
___________________Spokesperson of Dignity Operation Ahmed Al-Mismari announced on Friday a new military operation called “lightning” to recapture oil ports, after admitting losing them to Benghazi Defence Brigades. He called the Italian side to calibrate the system in the oil compound in accordance to international environmental standards. ___________________Tripoli-based Salvation Government has urged all parties to avoid endangering Libya’s oil resources and calls for a national Libyan dialogue to resolve differences. ___________________Afriqiyah Airways has launched its first cargo flight to Jordan today, to be the second cargo route after Turkey. ___________________Four liquid gas tank trucks arrived in the eastern city of Tobruk from Turkey to join fleet of Brega Oil Marketing Company.
180 More Nigerians For Deportation From Libya TuesdayAnother 180 Nigerians are expected to return from Libya on Tuesday. That is the third batch of Nigerians that will be returning from Libya in the last one month. She said her office would therefore be working with the commission to sensitise Nigerians on the need to avoid some countries. In fact, 180 Nigerians are expected back from Libya on Tuesday. She promised to work with Dabiri-Erewa to educate Nigerians on the dangers of irregular migration.
BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan military officials say that rival militias have taken control over Libyan oil terminals after clashes with armed forces based in the east and commanded by army chief Gen. Khalifa Hifter. Faisal al-Zwei, the spokesman for the 101 Brigade, based at the so-called oil crescent region, told The Associated Press that some 1000 militiamen in 200 vehicles clashed with the armed forces in the east over the oil terminals of al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf on Friday, forcing the army units to retreat. The militias, known as Benghazi Defence Brigades, are comprised of Islamic militants and former rebels who were recently defeated by Hifter's forces in Benghazi, Libya' second largest city. They were joined by militiamen from the western city of Misrata. Rami Musa, The Associated Press