April 2019

Warlord Haftar’s armed groups shower Tripoli neighbourhoods with indiscriminate rockets

April 17, 2019 - 12:01
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11 civilians have been killed 36 others wounded in a night of rocket attacks on Tripoli neighbourhoods.

Military sources said the capital came under intensive shelling for the third night in a row from Grad rocket launchers and howitzers launched by the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar stationed in Qaser Bin Ghashir and Wadi Al-Rabi areas, south of the capital.

According to eyewitnesses, rockets and missiles fell on the neighbourhoods of Abu Salim, Khallet al-Furjan, Saladin, and Saba'a.

Presidential Council, High Council of State Heads say Haftar won't be part of peace talks

April 16, 2019 - 23:19
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj said Khalifa Haftar has not been a true peace partner, saying he used to think Haftar was part of the Libyan aspiration for stability.

In a meeting on Tuesday with elders and shura councils' members of Sahil and Mountain districts in western Libya, Al-Sarraj said the attacks of Haftar's forces, which coincided with UN Secretary General's first visit to Libya, wouldn't have taken place if Haftar had not received support from some countries.

British resolution at UN Security Council calls for immediate ceasefire in Tripoli

April 16, 2019 - 21:34
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad
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The UK has drafted a resolution at the UN Security Council and presented it to member states calling on all Libyan sides to cease their fire in Tripoli.

Diplomatic sources said the UK resolution calls on all sides to cooperate with the UNSMIL and its Head Ghassan Salame to reach a ceasefire across Libya.

The resolution can only pass if 9 out of 15 approve it, provided that none of the five permanent member states votes it.

ICC Prosecutor: We're investigating new personal lawsuits in Libya

April 16, 2019 - 19:27
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has expressed concern about the escalation of violence in Libya, saying her office is investigating new personal lawsuits in Libya.

"I will not hesitate to expand my investigations and potential prosecutions to cover any new instances of crimes falling within the Court’s jurisdiction, with full respect for the principle of complementarity. No one should doubt my determination in this regard.” Bensouda said in a statement on Tuesday.

Libya's UAE-funded AL Marsad newspaper twists Alex Crawford's report on Tripoli war

April 16, 2019 - 15:01
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The British journalist Alex Crawford, who reported from Tripoli for Sky News on the current fighting, has rejected the manipulation of her report by the UAE-funded and pro-Haftar newspaper, AL Marsad (Observatory).

Crawford said on Twitter on Tuesday that she is furious at her Tripoli report being rewritten and twisted to give an entirely false account of what she and her crew in fact did.