Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah on Tuesday dismissed Libya's Ambassador to Belgium, Amal Al-Jarari after she was heard in an alleged leaked audio recording planning to fake government bills for self-interest. The PM media office said the procedures to suspend Al-Jarari have been referred to the Presidential Council as per the legislation in force. For his part, the Public Prosecutor ordered the pretrial detention of Ambassador Al-Jarari on charges of mismanagement and financial misuse. Al-Jarari faces charges of deliberately attempting to gain illegal benefits by seizing state funds and causing harm to the public interest. The charges stem from a leaked audio recording purportedly of Al-Jarari, where she requests her secretary's assistance to fabricate a massive bill for a supposed cancer patient, enabling her to access government funds in a manner that avoids legal prosecution.
October 04, 2023 09:56 UTC
Libya’s Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, said Tuesday there is no need for an international investigation into last month’s flood disaster in the eastern city of Derna, Anadolu Agency reports. Derna was hardest hit by the floods, causing the city’s dams to burst, washing away homes and people. The Libyan judiciary is capable of conducting an investigation into the Derna disasterSour told a press conference held in the capital, Tripoli. He said any official who proves to be involved in the flood disaster will be investigated. READ: WHO: 101 health workers killed in Libya’s Storm Daniel
October 03, 2023 20:21 UTC
Libya’s Parliament, on Tuesday, passed a law to establish an agency responsible for rebuilding flood-hit areas in the country, Anadolu Agency reports. The House of Representatives voted to pass a law to establish an agency for reconstructing areas affected by the floodsParliamentary spokesman, Abdullah Belhaq, said in a statement. The eastern government has called for holding a donor conference in October for rebuilding the flood-hit areas in Libya, before postponing the conference to November. On Monday, United Nations envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, voiced concern over the emergence of unilateral initiatives for the reconstruction of flood-affected areas in Libya. Last month, Libyans took to the streets in Derna to demand the rebuilding of their homes and bringing those responsible for the flood disaster to accountability.
October 03, 2023 20:21 UTC
This house is the house they lived in when the flash floods hit, killing thousands of people. He has scoured mud banks, asked every hospital, pored over photographs of the 4,000 bodies recovered so far. One person would tell you they were sitting in the garden when the wave hit, another would say 'no, I saw them elsewhere'. Libya is split between a government in Tripoli that is internationally recognized and one in the east that isn't. Analysts say in a fractured nation, reconstruction and the coordination required could fuel another tussle for power.
October 03, 2023 19:22 UTC
International humanitarian aid continues to arrive in Libya over 20 days after the 10 September Storm Daniel devastated Derna and to a lesser extent parts of the eastern region of Libya. On 26 September the Canadian Embassy in Libya (relocated to Tunis) announced that, working with the Canadian Red Cross, humanitarian supplies from Canada’s stockpiles were sent to Libya as the country continues to deal with the devastating effects of the flooding. Blankets, hygiene kits and kitchen sets will be provided to those in need. The Turkish embassy in Tripoli announced on 28 September ‘‘Our fourth aid plane just landed in Benghazi. Our specialist medical teams on the plane are on the way to join our desert hospitals and our active teams in Derna with humanitarian aid and medical supplies.
October 03, 2023 15:27 UTC
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October 03, 2023 13:56 UTC
Humanitarian aid efforts and reconstruction work in flood-devastated Libya are being seriously hampered as the country's two rival administrations remain bitterly at odds over three weeks after the disaster. The U.N. mission chief in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, stressed Monday that the competing efforts "are counterproductive, deepen the existing divisions in the country (and) impede reconstruction efforts." The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy backed his call for "a unified Libyan national mechanism" coordinated with international partners "to deliver transparent and accountable relief." "There are already signs of turf wars (and corresponding disinformation campaigns) between the rivals over who should take charge of reconstruction efforts," she warned. "We urge Libyan authorities now to form such unified structures – rather than launching separate efforts – that represent the Libyan people without delay."
October 03, 2023 13:22 UTC
VALLETTA : A supporter of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi who was involved in the hijacking of an aircraft to Malta in 2016 has been jailed for 10 years by a Maltese court after he pleaded guilty. Ali Ahmed Lano Saleh was one of two men who hijacked an Afriqiyah Airlines Airbus A320 to Malta on Dec. 23, 2016. The plane had been on an internal flight in Libya when the two hijackers ordered the pilot to divert to Rome. The hijackers had threatened to blow up the plane, but their weapons later turned out to be fake and the 109 passengers were released unharmed. The hijack mastermind, Soko Moussa Shaha Ali, was jailed for 25 years in 2020.
October 03, 2023 13:15 UTC
More than three weeks after Libya's deadly flood disaster, the divided country's two rival administrations remain bitterly at odds on how to manage the massive aid and reconstruction effort. The UN mission chief in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, stressed Monday that the competing efforts "are counterproductive, deepen the existing divisions in the country (and) impede reconstruction efforts". The United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy backed his call for "a unified Libyan national mechanism" coordinated with international partners "to deliver transparent and accountable relief". "There are already signs of turf wars (and corresponding disinformation campaigns) between the rivals over who should take charge of reconstruction efforts," she warned. "We urge Libyan authorities now to form such unified structures -– rather than launching separate efforts -– that represent the Libyan people without delay."
October 03, 2023 12:20 UTC
ALBAWABA - Flights between Libya and Italy have resumed today, Saturday, after a hiatus of nearly 10 years, despite the European ban on Libyan airlines, according to journalists from "France Press" and Libyan authorities. The company, which began operations in 2022, will provide two weekly flights to Rome on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The government based in Tripoli, recognized by the United Nations, stated on its Facebook page that the resumption of flights is part of "intensive government efforts to lift the European ban imposed on Libyan civil aviation." With this development, Italy becomes the second European country, after Malta, to have a direct air link with Libya, despite Libyan airlines being blacklisted since 2014 from flying over European Union airspace. Since then, European countries suspended their flights to Libya, banned Libyan planes from landing, and closed their airspace to Libyan airlines for security reasons.
October 03, 2023 12:10 UTC
By Ayman al-WarfaliDERNA, Libya (Reuters) – Since a huge flood swept away whole neighbourhoods of Libya’s city of Derna last month, Abdulsalam al-Kadi has been searching for his father and brother. Those were really tough days. They still are really tough days,” said the 43-year-old who spent two days travelling to Derna from his new home in the United States. “It drove me crazy.”COMPLICATED RECONSTRUCTIONDerna, a coastal city in eastern Libya known as a cultural centre, was built on a seasonal river that ran from a mountain range into the sea. For Kadi, the priority remains finding his lost family members – a daunting task for him and thousands of others.
October 03, 2023 11:38 UTC
While the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes have helped curb inflation, factors like oil supply dynamics are outside their control. Rising oil prices put the Fed’s attempts to engineer a soft landing for the economy in jeopardy. U.S. oil production fell 3 million barrels per day in response. This imbalance sparked a climb in oil prices that would last for the next two years. ConclusionIn summary, OPEC+ supply reductions are the primary accelerator behind renewed oil price momentum nearing $100 per barrel.
October 03, 2023 11:37 UTC
The internationally not recognised eastern Libyan government announced yesterday that it is discussing with China the localisation of solar energy in eastern Libya. It reported that the head of the Solar Energy Localisation Committee in Libya at the (eastern) Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Salem Al-Obaidi, toured regional sites accompanied by the Middle East Regional Representative of PowerChina, Ji Jianfu. The eastern Libyan government said the PowerChina visit is in continuation of the memorandum of understanding signed last June to localize 1,500 megawatts of solar energy in Libya. The visit included the sites of renewable energy stations in the Al-Mukhaili area, and several stations damaged by Storm Daniel in the area were also visited. China ready to implement solar projects and help in post-Storm Daniel reconstructionThe visit included a series of meetings with municipal officials in the eastern region, during which China expressed its readiness to cooperate with the Libyan government and work to implement energy plants in the region and contribute to the reconstruction of the cities affected by the Daniel disaster.
October 03, 2023 11:27 UTC
The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Monday said it had arrested two persons, Babatunde Oluwasola and Dada Fowowe, for their alleged involvement in human trafficking. He said they were allegedly involved in recruiting three young girls to travel to Libya in April this year. Aidamenbor said, “Babatunde Oluwasola a.k.a Osanle, 56 years, a carpenter from Osun State but resides in Akure recruited three girls from Akure to Libya sometime around April 2023. “He got one of them with the help of Dada Fowowe a.k.a Iya Alaso, 47, a trader from Ondo State. The victims who travelled through the desert to Libya called Babatunde through the agent that received them two weeks after they departed from Akure, Ondo State to inform him of their arrival in Libya.
October 03, 2023 11:24 UTC
What is striking about Langley’s trip to Libya is that, after visiting Tripoli, he had meetings with Haftar in Benghazi. The other development was Yevkurov’s Benghazi visit shortly before the death of the PMC’s leader, Evgeny Prigozhin. The visits mentioned above indicate that a new competition and power struggle between the US and Russia is emerging in Libya. A New ‘Cold War’The emerging picture suggests that competition between the two superpowers in Libya resembles a new “Cold War” order. However, the conflicting interests of the United States and Russia suggest that this strategy may not be long-lasting for Haftar.
October 03, 2023 11:02 UTC