June 2017

Amazigh towns threaten to withdraw recognition of Presidency Council - Source

June 30, 2017 - 18:29
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Written by: SafaAlharathy

A source from Jadu Municipality has revealed that the municipal councils of several Amazigh towns in the Western Mountain (Nafousa Mountain) are intending to withdraw their recognition of the Presidential Council (PC), installed by the UN Mission in Libya as per the Libyan Political Agreement.

Total blackout hits western region of Libya

June 30, 2017 - 17:58
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Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim

The western region plunged into total blackout on Friday, the General Electricity Company (GECOL) reported, adding that work is underway to restore the electric grid.

GECOL sources said the blackout affected the region from Sirte in central Libya to Ras Ajdir near the border with Tunisia. Fezzan region in southwestern Libya was also affected. 

The blackout started at 6:00 am. It ended at 4:00 pm in some cities, while power is yet to be restored to others.

Netherlands to send permanent envoy to Libya

June 30, 2017 - 16:52
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Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim

The Netherlands said on Thursday it will send a permanent envoy to Libya after three years of embassy closure in Tripoli due to security reasons.

The announcement was made following talks between Head of Presidency Council Fayaz Sirraj and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in The Hague.

Spokesperson of Dutch Foreign Ministry Chris Bakker said it was “too early to re-open the embassy in the Libyan capital.”

Summer double standards: Some Libyan cities in utter darkness, others enjoying electric power 24/7

June 29, 2017 - 23:28
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Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) pronounced Thursday that it is going through critical situations currently with the ever-rising temperatures in the country.

GECOL said on Facebook that despite all efforts to keep the general power network balanced, the sweat-urging heat waves and soaring degrees of humidity got the upper hand.

Senior leaders from Haftar's forces were spies against February revolution for Gaddafi

June 29, 2017 - 21:42
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Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Retired Libyan army General and current advisor to the UN-proposed government's Defense Minister, Sulaiman Al-Abedi, revealed that the personal secretary of Moamar Gaddafi Ahmed Ramadan told him that the prominent senior leader of Khalifa Haftar's forces in eastern Libya, Abdelsalam Al-Hassi, was in contact with Gaddafi and his intelligence to give away revolutionaries' movements during 2011 revolution.

Libyan embassy staffer in London denies links to Manchester attacker, vows to sue The Times

June 29, 2017 - 17:48
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Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan embassy staffer in London, Ismail Kamoka, denied Wednesday the news reported by The Times newspaper which says he is linked to the bomber of Manchester Arena, Salman Abedi.

In a statement, Kamoka said that the information published by the Times and other UK newspapers is untrue, adding that the sources of that information is Libyan parties that are maliciously trying to eliminate their political opponents from the Libyan political process.

Football stars take part in football match to show solidarity with kidnapped goalkeeper

June 29, 2017 - 16:49
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Written by: SafaAlharathy

A number of Libyan soccer stars participated in a solidarity match held by Ittehad Misrata FC in support for the abducted goalkeeper of Mahalla FC Mohammed Saydon.

Top players from Tripoli including Samir Abboud, Omar Mariemi, Ali Rahuma, Nadir Karra, Usama Al-Fazani, Khalifa Al-Kahwaji, Akram Al-Hummali took part in the match, which was held in Misrata.

The participants lifted up the player's photo in solidarity with his family and to send a message to his captors to release him.

UNSMIL personnel freed after hours of detention by gunmen in western Libya

June 28, 2017 - 21:47
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Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

A convoy of the UNSMIL that included four men and two women were released after being detained by an armed group for hours on Wednesday evening, security sources from Al-Zawiya city reported.

"The armed group was persuaded into letting the UN staffers go without any harm and any further escalation; and they are fine and will be flown back to Tripoli," the sources added.

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