News Roundup – Wed, Jul 13, 2016

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News Roundup – Wed, Jul 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 - 17:00
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Last Updated: 10:00pm 

Libya’s Mufti said Wednesday on Tanasuh TV that Libya is now suffering ten times more than the period before accepting Skhirat draft, pointing out that all conflicting parties in Libya should reconcile and rally around the constants that put first Libya’s interest, discarding all the personal disagreements. He also called on Al-Zawiya elders and notables to open the blocked road and put a definite end to the bandits on that road.   

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Constitution Drafting Assembly member, Nadiya Omran, said the Supreme Court rejected the appeal made by the former Head of the CDA, Ali Al-Tarhouni, who challenged the verdict of Al-Bayd Appeals Court’s decision to stop appointing him as the Head of the CDA and the decision to be a member of it.

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The parallel National Oil corporation of Al-Thanni government issued a statement cancelling the deal it had signed with the Tripoli-based NOC in Tunisia in which the two, in Benghazi and Tripoli, agreed to merge and unify administrations.

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The so-called Omar AL-Mukhtar Operations Room of Dignity Operation’s militias blocked the road that connects Martuba and Al-Heela districts in eastern Derna as well as Al-Fatyeh district at the eastern entrance of Derna city.

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Defend Benghazi Brigades announced the areas starting from Sultan district in the  west of Benghazi until reaching Benghazi in the east as military operations zone.   

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Electricity Company in Derna said the airstrikes of Dignity Operation air force on Tuesday targeted the vicinity of Derna’s steam power plant causing a lot of damage to the transmitter cables as well as the plant’s offices, not to mention horrifying the civilians who reside next to the plant. The company warned that bombing it or its surrounding areas could cause an enormous disaster as it has gotten fuel depots.  

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Tripoli protests continue to take place and have now furnished more roads and neighborhoods such as Gurji, Hay Al-Andalus, Gergarish, Ghut Al-Shaal, Al-Siyahiya and others, all protesting the ordeal of power outage that is increasing day by day and has now hit 10 hours a day. These protests are also coupled with a traffic congestion and high level of outrage by citizens, who are angry that they undergo hours of blackouts in Tripoli, while other cities refuse to lose even one hour of electricity per day, leading to the current crisis.   

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Tripoli Appeals Court decided on Tuesday to adjourn the verdict on Saadi Gaddafi, son of Muamar Gaddafi, to October 02, in the case in which he is accused of murdering the footballer in Al-Itihad team, Basheer Al-Riyanni back in 2005. The adjournment came upon the call of the judge and in the presence of the defense lawyers of Saadi Gaddafi. 

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Sabratha Educational Hospita warned Tuesday of an imminent  health disaster in the city due to the decomposing bodies of migrants found very frequently on the shores everyday. The bodies are usually those of migrants who tirelessly try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe using Libyan shores as a jumping off point, especially with the coming of summer. 

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Fighters of Benghazi Shura Council have retaken the under-construction apartment buildings, locally known Siniya buildings, in Qanfouda neighbourhood, sources from the council said on Tuesday.

The sources indicated that council fighters forced Dignity Operation militias to retreat under heavy fire and gained 2 tanks during their advance.

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The military operations against the last hideouts of ISIS in Sirte are in high gear, the spokesperson of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos has declared, adding that the radical group is likely to collapse in the coming few days.