The head of the Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) Jamal Al-Shaibani, said that prices of flour in the market are exaggerated. In a press statement, Al-Shaibani explained that prices are currently controlled by a group of businessmen and that the quantities of wheat worth of 30 million dinars, allocated by the Presidential Council, is below the demand and will not be enough for more than a month and a half. He pointed out that the PSF was denied permission to supply flour since 2016 by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), demanding that the supply of wheat to be exclusive to the PSF in order to sell it to the mills at the same price. The prices of bread have witnessed an unprecedented spike in the past period after wheat flour reached more than LYD 250 dinars per quintal. Bakery owners started to sell a loaf of bread for half a dinar, attributing the crisis to the high price of flour in the market.
July 29, 2018 13:41 UTC
Zintan and Mashashiya tribes in western Libya have exchanged prisoners, who were abducted on identity, through a reconciliation committee, head of the Local Council of Mizda Abdul-Hakim Badran confirmed Saturday. In a press statement, Badran clarified that the reconciliation committee, which consists of tribal elders from the south region, had received the Zintani abductees to return them safe to their families, while Zintan in turn will hand over the abductees from Mashashiya to the same committee after an agreement between the two tribes providing for the release of abductees from both sides. The tribal tension started when Zintani gunmen arrested a tribesman from Mashashiya at Zintan airport accused of killing a man in Tripoli. Later Mashashiya gunmen abducted seven people from Zintan to demand the release of their tribe member. In return, Zintani gunmen abducted eleven people from Mashashiya, demanding the release of the seven abductees.
July 29, 2018 13:07 UTC
The World Food Program WFP delivered humanitarian assistance to low-income families and widows in Sirte, whose homes were destroyed as a result of the war. A shipment of food aid was distributed to around 750 families in the city through the Association of Ayadi Al-Khair Relief Charity, in coordination with the crisis committee in Sirte, according to a local source from the city. An official from the WFP explained that the assistance provided is adequate to meet the needs of the families for approximately 30 days, stressing that the WFP is seeking to gradually increase its assistant to cover about 1500 and then to 2000 families as soon as possible.
July 29, 2018 12:33 UTC
An official source from Khalij steam power plant in Sirte, confirmed the closure of the first turbine of the plant, due to periodic maintenance. The source explained in a press statement that the turbine is undergoing a routine maintenance, including the cleaning of filters and a regular general check-up. The first turbine of the Khalij steam power plant operates with a production capacity of two hundred and fifty megawatts, and was linked to the public electrical grid about two weeks ago to decrease the hours of load shedding.
July 29, 2018 10:07 UTC
The air valve of the Man-Made River control station in the Airport Road of Tripoli was subjected to sabotage, which led to a water leak, the Man-Made River Authority (MMRA) stated. Spokesman of the MMRA Tawfiq Al-Shuhaidi clarified in a press statement Saturday that the control room of Jufra Al-Hasawna water system was forced to reduce the pressure on the station, is the city's main water feeder, to enable the maintenance team to control the leakage in order to repump water back to the capital. In a similar incident, the water station No. 26 in the city of Gharyan was attacked by an unidentified group last Thursday, which led to the loss of large quantities of water and the halt of water flow to Buzayan reservoir, until the plant is maintained, according to the director of Al-Hasawna water system in Gharyan region Ali Habashi.
July 29, 2018 10:07 UTC
Here is a recap of Saturday’s news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acItaly launches new initiative to support agriculture in Libya http://lyo.ly/8h4Minister of Education announces end of (GCSE) examinations with success http://lyo.ly/8h5No elections before political consensus in Libya, Italian Prime Minister says to French President Macron http://lyo.ly/8h7EU Ambassador to Libya visits detention centres in Tripoli http://lyo.ly/8h8Ministry of Education suspends 384 students in Turkey for acts of aggression http://lyo.ly/8haIOM: 1500 migrants killed in Mediterranean this year http://lyo.ly/8heElders and dignitaries of Jaghbub denounce Egyptian attempts to usurp Libyan lands http://lyo.ly/8hdIOM opens tenders for rehabilitating public property in Benghazi http://lyo.ly/8hfHaftar orders Interim Government to tackle injured fighters of his forces http://lyo.ly/8hhLibyans take to streets in protest of miserable living conditions http://lyo.ly/8hiIn Photos: Benghazi Destruction http://lyo.ly/8h0Video: Libyan International Forum for Pharmaceutical Industries and Medical Services http://lyo.ly/8hg
July 28, 2018 19:30 UTC
Tripoli, among other cities in Libya, saw angry protesters taking to the streets on Friday in protest of the "awful living conditions" as well as the continuous power cuts and the hike in bread prices, let alone the shortage of cash in banks. In Tripoli, protesters went to the Martyrs Square speaking out anger over the long hours of power outages and high bread prices, blaming the Presidential Council and other political bodies for the miserable living conditions. They also demanded the official political figures to step down and called for speeding up holding elections. Protests, which started on Wednesday in Tripoli's Hay Al-Andalus, spread to burdened fellow citizens in Sabratha, Sorman, Zintan and others. People have been burdened since 2015 with troubling living conditions, including lack of cash in banks and high exchange rates in black market leading to a hike in prices.
July 28, 2018 19:07 UTC
The commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, has ordered the Head of the Interim Government Abdullah Al-Thinni to include the General Authority for Injured fighters Affairs of the Armed Forces to the prime ministry so the troubles facing the injured from his “army” can be resolved. “We have done all we could to tackle the injured fighters’ treatment and so did the Interim Government so they can return to normal life routines, however; such an issue need medical committees working under the supervision of the Health Ministry.” Haftar said. “Previous committees had some problems and circumstances that deprived them from contacting specialized countries for the medical treatment of the injured fighters. Those countries have specialized centers for the injuries of our fighters and to do that we needed medical committees to obtain admissions of the patients then supervise them through the treatment. Tens of injured fighters from the self-styled army of Haftar took to the streets in Benghazi recently and blocked the roads in protest of negligence by Haftar toward their health issues.
July 28, 2018 16:52 UTC
Director of the Information Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Presidential Council Ahmed Al-Arbad said that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has opened tenders for the rehabilitation of schools and public parks that were destroyed by war in BenghaziIn a statement to the Russian News Agency Sputnik, Al-Arbad clarified that the IOM held last Monday a meeting to open tenders for the re-establishment of Benghazi Secondary School for boys and the Teacher's Public Park, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Municipality of Benghazi, pointing out that this will allow the return of displaced persons in the area to their homes. The secondary boys' school in Sidi Akhribesh has been home for internally displaced persons since 2014. More than 1,000 students were forced to look for other schools in neighbouring cities.
July 28, 2018 13:18 UTC
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that at least 1500 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, pointing out that the most dangerous route is the one between Libya and Italy. The IOM pointed out that Spain, which replaced Italy as a preferred destination for migrants, has recorded the entry of about 21 thousand immigrants since the beginning of this year, more than the total number of people last yearIt also added that about 55 thousand migrants arrived on the coast of Europe since the beginning of 2018, compared with more than 111,000 in the same period last year.
July 28, 2018 12:45 UTC
A number of elders and dignitaries of the tribes of Jaghbub region, eastern Libya, denounced what they described as "Egypt’s desperate actions and false claims" of declaring Libya’s Jaghbub region as an Egyptian territory. The elders confirmed in a statement Thursday that they will not give up an inch of Libyan lands, stressing that no one has the right to claim Jaghbub as an Egyptian territory. The statement also condemned what it called "the fraudulent campaign and frivolous claims by Egyptian media," which seeks to instigate strife and enrage sensibilities by claiming Jaghbub “a usurped Egyptian territory.”A number of Egyptian media outlets have recently circulated claims relating to the territorial rights to Egypt of some Libyan cities in the eastern region, since the Italian occupation to Libya, including Jaghbub Oasis.
July 28, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Ministry of Education issued a decision to suspend 384 foreign students (mostly Jordanians) from Libyan schools in Istanbul, Turkey, after they had verbally and physically assaulted the Monitoring Committee, including the use of white weapons, according to the statement of the ministry. The resolution provides that the concerned students will be considered as to have failed the exams in all subjects and will be banned from studying in any Libyan educational institution at home or abroad, according to the ministry's Facebook ThursdayThe decision also stipulates that the test results of the students punished should not be adopted nor any procedures relating to them, in accordance with the provisions of article 76 of the general education regulations.
July 28, 2018 11:26 UTC
The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has told the French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday that Italy will not support elections in Libya before the political consensus process is completed. In an interview with the Italian-based newspaper, Corriere della Sera, Conte explained that his government's priority in Libya is to reach a clear strategy with the ministers in the Libyan government on the elections. Conte added that he had made clear to the French president that Italy will not support the "forward escape", stressing that the reconciliation process should precede any elections. "The center of concern at this stage is Libya and North Africa," Conte insisted, explaining that it is an unstable region because of the misconceived strategic calculations of the West and for being a departure point for immigrants flowing to Europe.
July 28, 2018 10:55 UTC
The Italian Embassy announced that its government is to launch an initiative aimed at supporting the agricultural sector in Libya, in cooperation with the Presidential Council (PC), CIHEAM Bari an intergovernmental centre for post-graduate training, applied scientific research and international cooperation, and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. "The initiative will shape upcoming €3 million program by Italy in support of Fezzan's agriculture, licit economy and resilience of communities in southern Libya," the embassy explained via its Twitter account. The Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, discussed with the Italian Defence Minister, Elisabetta Trenta, several issues in the past two days, including supporting the industrial and agricultural sectors, especially in technical and advisory terms. The new Italian Government has commenced assistance to Libya in several areas, including the fight against illegal immigration, in addition to other sectoral areas such as health and education.
July 28, 2018 08:52 UTC
The Minister of Education, Othman Abdul Jalil, announced Thursday the completion of the first round examinations of the secondary certificate for the year 2017-2018. In a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office, Abdul Jalil praised the efforts made by all sectors involved, which contributed to the success of the exam process in the required format, stressing that throughout the examinations, no cases of leaking question papers were recorded, except for some cases of fraud, which were dealt with in a timely manner. For his part, Undersecretary Adel Juma said that over 52606 thousand students in 170 committees attended the exams, under the supervision of 640 observers. The number of faculty members and collaborators reached 4020, in addition to 570 people, including, social workers, educational inspectors, and psychologist and health counsellors. The number of follow-up committees mandated by the Ministry of Education was 560 committee, while the number of service committees included 1172 people, in addition to 1181 security personnel for securing the examinations.
July 28, 2018 08:48 UTC