The UN refugee agency UNHCR says the total of migrants arriving in Europe by sea this year is 142,180; 107,982 of them through Italy. A ship carrying 606 migrants rescued at sea, off the Libyan coast, has docked in Sicily.Rescue ship Aquarius, which is operated by NGO SOS Méditerranée picked up the migrants as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The people rescued, who include 241 children and 11 pregnant women, come from around 20 African and Middle-Eastern countries, including Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia and Yemen, the organistion said.The group said that some of the migrants are malnourished and that many of the sub-Saharan African women claim to have suffered sexual abuse.Fifty had fled to Libya from war-torn Syria, only to find more violence in Libya. Entire families of Syrians are now aboard the Aquarius, and include two women in the ninth month of pregnancy.Italy is struggling to cope with the influx of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, although numbers presently remain well below the 2016 level. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says the total of migrants arriving in Europe by sea this year is 142,180, 107,982 of whom entered via Italy.Having docked in Palermo, the migrants now face a long screening process, aimed at establishing who among them can legitimately claim asylum.NGOs accuse EU governments of not dedicating adequate resources to the rescue effort, as people-smuggling gangs continue to exploit migrants in Libya.
October 14, 2017 07:30 UTC
Key figures217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)10,000 estimate of refugees and migrants in Sabratha and surrounding areas. UNHCR is also undertaking protection-specific needs assessments to respond to growing needs. Medical needs are dire, with refugees and migrants suffering from injuries, including bullet wounds, dehydration, anaemia and scabies. Some 4,350 refugees and migrants are expected to be present in the centre by end of day. Due to vast needs for food, UNHCR is delivering three hot meals per day for all refugees and migrants.
October 13, 2017 21:22 UTC
Photographers and enthusiasts from the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi have teamed up for a walking tour with their cameras to commemorate the 10th annual Worldwide "Photowalk" event, hosted by the Benghazi Association for Photography. About 50 professional and amateur photographers took part in the trip, which targeted the ancient cities of Tocra and Tolmeita aiming to get a rewarding and challenging shot. Photowalking is a communal activity of camera enthusiasts who gather in a group to walk around with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that interest each photographer. The activity is typically organized by camera clubs, ad hoc gatherings from online forums such as Facebook or Twitter, or sponsored by commercial organizations or photographers.
October 13, 2017 18:00 UTC
Some 600 migrants rescued at sea arrived on Friday in Sicily. SOS Mediterranee president Valeria Calandra told Sky TG24 the renewed instability in Libya has only increased the desire of migrants to escape the lawless North African country. The number of migrants dropped dramatically in July and August, before a surge from 3,914 in August to 6,288 in September. He noted that even the deal with Libyan forces to stanch the flow of migrants never fully stopped the smugglers' boats. Many migrants were found without clothing or shoes, had suffered injuries requiring urgent medical care or were severely traumatised and in need of psychological support, the refugee agency said.
October 13, 2017 14:15 UTC
The Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia has requested the Libyan charge d'affaires in the Consulate of Jeddah to hand over the Libyan citizen, Hussein Zayet. Tanasuh TV quoted a reliable source on Thursday as saying that the Saudi Foreign Ministry had summoned the Libyan charge d'affaires and requested him to hand over the Libyan citizen, Hussein Zayet, who had sought refuge in the Consulate earlier. The source added that the Foreign Ministry addressed the charge d'affaires in a strong worded encounter and demanded the Libyan citizen be handed over immediately. The source also pointed out that the Libyan charge d'affaires asked the Saudi Foreign Ministry to clarify the fate of the Libyan citizens who were arrested at Jeddah International Airport after performing Umrah in Mecca last Ramadan.
October 13, 2017 12:11 UTC
Clashes there left 3,000 Libyan families displaced and more than 10,000 refugees and migrants stranded and in need of urgent assistance. We are working with a local partner LibAid and the Sabratha Local Crisis Committee to provide support to internally displaced people and returnees. Today, UNHCR is delivering aid kits to local authorities coordinating the internally displaced people response. At the same time, some 10,000 refugees and migrants who were found stranded in Sabratha following the end of fighting last Friday are in desperate need of help. UNHCR teams have also identified individuals suffering from injuries, dehydration, scabies, asthma, diarrhoea and severe trauma due to the events lived over the past days.
October 13, 2017 12:00 UTC
Libyan Airlines has reported that it can no longer launch flights to Al-Abraq International Airport in east Libya. The acting director of Air Operations, Abdul-Raouf Al-Alam, told east-based Libyan News Agency that the decision was taken for the protection and safety of the airliners’ staff after “persons” - without identifying who they were- committed irresponsible acts against its crew. Al-Alam was quoted by the news agency as saying that those “persons” at Al-Abraq Airport have frequently insulted the Libyan Airlines’ crew and forced them to carry out acts contrary to the laws of aviation. He added that all of the company's aircrew refused to serve on flights leaving for Al-Abraq Airport as a result of those behaviors and abuses. Meanwhile, a letter from Abdul-Raouf Al-Alam to the Chairman of Board of Directors posted online has shown that those “persons” were “under the influence of alcohol and drugs”.
October 13, 2017 11:37 UTC
Migrants wait to disembark from the Aquarius ship of Sos Mediterranee upon its arrival in the Sicilian port of Palermo, southern Italy, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. About 600 migrants have been brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea in one of the biggest arrivals since the Italian government struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit departures. ANSA via AP Igor Petyx
October 13, 2017 10:55 UTC
Key figures217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)10,000 estimate of refugees and migrants in Sabratha and surrounding areas. Tomorrow, UNHCR and the Sabratha Local Crisis Committee will distribute 500 core relief item (CRI) kits to those displaced who are most in need. UNHCR’s responseToday, over 4,500 refugees and migrants will spend the night in the Dahman assembly point in Sabratha. Today, UNHCR teams distributed CRI kits (including clothing, hygiene kits, sleeping mats, mattresses and baby kits). A UNHCR tent was set-up yesterday to serve as a medical facility, with UNHCR medical interventions, and an anti-scabies campaign starting tomorrow.
October 12, 2017 20:48 UTC
And the US lacks a comprehensive strategy for pursuing its mission in Africa, military and intelligence experts told POLITICO. ""It is not that there is a good policy or bad policy," Shurkin said. "The level of danger to US troops had been on display even before the deadly ambush in Niger last week.Rep. “Is it going to win the war? No, because the war will never end.”
October 12, 2017 19:18 UTC
The Education Minister Othman Abdeljalil has stated that teachers will get bonuses on every class they give, explaining that primary school teachers will get 12 Libyan dinars and secondary school teachers will get 15 dinars starting next November. In a presser in Tripoli on Thursday after a meeting with the Head of Presidential Council and Minister of Finance, the Education Minister added that the health insurance program of teachers will soon be activated. "School year is starting as scheduled; on October 15 in all sections of primary and secondary schools." He remarked. In the meantime, no official comment (for or against) had been issued by any syndicate regarding the Education Minister's statement and bonuses.
October 12, 2017 19:07 UTC
The threat from the Islamic State (IS) or Dā’ish as they are commonly known as is looming large in the region. The recent accusation of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the Dā’ish has emerged in Afghanistan in the past three to four years under the watch of U.S. military and intelligence agencies is very ominous. President Hamid Karzai, who was once the darling of the Occident, especially the U.S. who had propped him as President for eight long years, later fell afoul of the his erstwhile benefactors and became their greatest critic. He had refused to endorse the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the U.S. enabling some NATO forces to remain in Afghanistan. Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had made a similar recommendation to Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani, to jointly target the miscreants on either side of the Durand Line.
October 12, 2017 17:15 UTC
---------------------------------------------------The head of the Dialogue Committee representing the House of Representatives (HoR), Abdel Salam Nassia, stated after a HoR session yesterday, that the HoR examined the results of the Dialogue Committee during the first round of the Tunis dialogue within three days. He also stressed that this should be under the condition that any decisions could only be made with the agreement of the HoR. ---------------------------------------------------The Presidential Council issued a decision to form a committee to investigate the structural damage to the city of Sabratha. ---------------------------------------------------The Illegal Immigration Agency in Tripoli announced that they had deported eighteen illegal immigrants from Ghana, who voluntarily returned to their country. The repatriation was carried out through Mitiga International Airport under the auspices and sponsorship of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
October 12, 2017 13:18 UTC
The Illegal Immigration Agency in Tripoli announced that they had deported eighteen illegal immigrants from Ghana, who voluntarily returned to their country. The repatriation was carried out through Mitiga International Airport under the auspices and sponsorship of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In a statement on their official Facebook page, the agency expressed their thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed to the return of these illegal migrants stranded in Libya.
October 12, 2017 13:18 UTC
Truck drivers in Gharyan have held a sit-in to protest against the deterioration of their conditions as well as the security situation in the areas where they travel through. The drivers demanded that their wages are raised and that they should be provided with cash and that their treatment at the border crossings of Ras AJdair and Dahaiba should be improved. Security and their protection from hijacking, looting and armed robbery on the roads is another demand for improvement by the drivers.
October 12, 2017 13:07 UTC