CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned on Sunday that Arab countries, including Egypt, were vulnerable to imploding from within under what he described as a barrage of rumours aimed at spreading instability. Addressing a military academy graduation ceremony in Cairo, Sisi said that his government had detected 21,000 false rumours over a period of three months. Rumours, acts of terrorism, loss of hope and feeling of frustration, all these work in a grand network aimed at one objective, only one objective, and that is to move people to destroy their country,” Sisi said, speaking in Arabic. This is the first medal to be placed in the history of Youssef Siddiq,” Siddiq’s daughter, Laila, who received the medal, told Reuters. “What happened today was an act of justice to Youssef Siqqiq and his history, which had been deliberately suppressed,” she added.
July 22, 2018 15:33 UTC
The charity Proactiva Open Arms has filed a complaint on Saturday, including of involuntary manslaughter, with the Spanish police against a cargo ship. It said, managers of the cargo ship failed to help migrants adrift on a destroyed dinghy in the Mediterranean. The captain of the charity’s rescue boat said on Saturday he also plans to file a separate suit against the Libyan lifeguard. The boat took four days to arrive in the Spanish port of Palma after finding the migrants adrift about 80 miles or 130 km off Libya’s coast after being abandoned by the Libyan coast guard, the charity said. The charity said, the Libyan lifeguard had left the three to float amid the shattered remains of the raft after the two women and the boy had refused to board their patrol ship.
July 22, 2018 10:33 UTC
Time is running out to find a peaceful solution for LibyaHafed Al-GhwellLibya is, without question, farther than ever from the rosy ideals preached on the eve of the February 2011 civil war. The first is that Libya was never an independent country in any sense before 1951. We must recognize a civil war for what it is. The second fundamental part of the solution is the basic recognition that Libya is deeply fragmented along tribal and regional lines. Finally, all outside powers and interested parties must coordinate to have one voice when it comes to Libya.
July 21, 2018 17:48 UTC
Salloum crossing - File photoMARSA MATROUH - 21 July 2018: As many as 152 Egyptians returned home from Libya via Salloum crossing over the past 24 hours, Marsa Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Nasr said in a statement on Saturday.Out of all the returnees, 38 Egyptians had illegally traveled to Libya, he added.Meanwhile, travel procedures for 637 persons, including 37 Egyptians and 600 Libyans, have been finalized, Nasr noted.
July 21, 2018 15:00 UTC
The French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, plans to travel to the capital Tripoli on Monday for a visit that aims to bridge the gap between the conflicting Libyan parties and bring their views closer together in order to hold elections before the end of the year. According to government sources, Le Drian will hold talks with the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj, the President of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, and the Chairman of the High National Elections Commission, Emad Sayeh, in addition to representatives from Misrata in an attempt to convince them to adhere to Paris Agreement.
July 21, 2018 10:39 UTC
The Minister of Finance of the Presidential Council, Osama Saad Hammad, said that the ministry completed all financial arrangements for 2017 and worked to implement them despite all obstacles. Hammad added in a statement issued on Thursday that the Ministry of Finance did not differentiate between any Libyan regions and did not classify citizens according to their regions. The Minister of Finance called on all parties to give priority to the interests of the country and move forward in accordance with the Paris Agreement, stressing the importance of completing the elections. It is worth noting that member of the Presidential Council, Fathi Majbari, had withdrawn from the Presidential Council, calling on the Finance Minister, Osama Hammad, to also follow in his footsteps.
The residents of the city of Sirte called on the government of the Presidential Council and the General Electricity Company to complete suspended projects related to electric power, including the Gulf Power Plant. The residents of Sirte said in a statement issued on Thursday that they are dissatisfied with the continuation of electricity blackouts, which reach 12 hours a day. The statement also called on the General Electricity Company to reduce the load shedding and supply the city and its suburbs with electricity from the Gulf Power Plant.
World Bank economist in the Sustainable Development Department, Abdullah Sy, said Tunisia is losing an estimated 800 million dollars a year as a result of the Libyan crisis and poor investment between the two countries. Sy stated in a study prepared by the World Bank regarding Tunisia and Libya that smuggling of petrol from Libya to Tunisia led to the loss of 500 million litres annually, equivalent to 17% in the budget level in Libya and on the level of tax revenues in Tunisia. He stressed the need for Tunisia and Libya to work together in harmony and seek to agree on policies to control the risks resulting from unrest in both countries.
The heads of states and governments of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have condemned the destruction of facilities at the Libyan oil crescent, stressing their full support and recognition of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC). At the end of their 20th summit in Zambia on Friday, they stressed their support for the government of the Presidential Council in its efforts and war on terrorism and recognized it as the sole legitimate government of the country. The Libyan delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Mohamed Siyala.
July 21, 2018 09:56 UTC
The Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj, confirmed on Friday that Libya rejects EU plans to establish immigration centres on its territory to prevent asylum seekers from reaching European countries and that it will not succumb to financial temptations. “We totally reject establishment of centres to receive migrants whom the EU rejects to receive.” Sarraj stated to German Bild newspaper. He also rejected accusations against the Libyan Coast Guard on firing on aid workers trying to rescue migrants, stressing that the Coast Guard saves hundreds of lives off the coast of Libya every day. He added that Libya stands on its own when saving migrants from the Mediterranean and that it needs more technical and financial support.
July 21, 2018 09:56 UTC
Dozens of people took to the streets of Tripoli on Friday evening protesting living conditions in the country and the crises hitting the capital. The protesters strongly criticized the performance of the Presidential Council demanding its departure. They chanted slogans critical to the Chairman of the Presidential Council, holding him responsible for the tragic situation that the country has reached. The protesters also demanded urgent solutions to the crises including outages and cash shortage.
July 21, 2018 09:35 UTC
Libya’s oil disruptions would normally wreak havoc in Italy—one of Libya’s top oil consumers—but the United States is serving as a pinch hitter in the wake of civil unrest in the troubled African nation. In June, Italy imported a record 4.93 million barrels of crude oil from the United States, or 165,000 barrels per day, according to Kpler. That represents a noteworthy increase to the 3.3 million barrels shipped from the US to Italy in May and 1.9 million barrels in April. On the flip side, Libya’s shipments to Italy were 9.73 million barrels in May, followed by a drastic decrease in June to 3.45 million barrels. Related: Oil Investors Look To Utah For Long-Term RichesLibya’s short shipments of oil come at a particularly bad time for Italy, who has also had to dial back imports of Iranian oil; another of Italy’s top oil suppliers.
July 21, 2018 00:56 UTC
ExxonMobil’s Hebron oil platform is shown off the coast of Canada’s Newfoundland & Labrador, in this June 13, 2017 handout photo. Courtesy ExxonMobil Canada/Handout - REUTERSVIENNA/MOSCOW - 19 June 2018: Russia and Saudi Arabia are pushing OPEC and its allies to raise oil output steeply from July to meet growing demand and cover supply outages in Venezuela and Libya despite opposition from several members of the producer group including Iran.“Oil demand usually grows at the steepest pace in the third quarter ... We could face a deficit if we don’t take measures,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters. Iran faces renewed U.S. sanctions that will impact its oil industry and Iraq has production constraints.Two OPEC sources told Reuters that even Saudi Arabia’s Gulf allies Kuwait and Oman were against big, immediate increases in output.One OPEC source said the Saudi-Russian proposal of a 1.5-million-bpd increase was “just a tactic” aimed at persuading fellow members to compromise on a smaller rise of around 0.5-0.7 million bpd.Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have the capacity to raise output. This recalls the June 2011 meeting, when OPEC was unable to agree on an increase in production to compensate for the outages ... in Libya,” Fritsch said.“That meeting ended without any joint declaration. The then Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi described it as the worst OPEC meeting of all time.”Adding to the tensions, Iran and Venezuela continued to insist that OPEC on Friday debate U.S. sanctions against the two countries, but the organization’s secretariat has rejected their requests, according to letters seen by Reuters.
June 19, 2018 12:22 UTC
The Ministry of Education has denied the news circulated on social networking platforms about changing the dates of the final exams for the primary and upper secondary levels. The director of the information office in the ministry, Ramadan Ghudhwi, clarified that the exams will start next Wednesday in accordance with the timetable set and without any delays. He pointed out that during the past few hours, the information office tracked a number of fake Facebook pages, which claimed to be the official page of the Ministry and went on spreading misinformation about the change of exam dates and extending the holiday, warning to hold accountable the Fake pages responsible for such acts.
June 19, 2018 12:00 UTC
The Libya Office of World Health Organization has provided urgent medical and humanitarian assistance to the city of Derna. The head of WHO Libya, Dr. Jaffar Hussein, clarified in a press statement Monday that the organization managed to cover the primary healthcare needs for about 10,000 people for three months. Jaffar explained that the aid included medical treatment for emergency cases, patients with high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, some endocrine diseases, and respiratory diseases in addition to some mental health cases. Earlier, the World Health Organization provided humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Derna hospital, stressing that the city is suffering critical shortages of medical supplies.
June 19, 2018 12:00 UTC