News Roundup - Fri, Mar 17, 2017

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News Roundup - Fri, Mar 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 - 15:48
Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Calm prevailed in Tripoli on Friday after three days of tension and armed confrontations. Sources said a reached late on Wednesday is expected to go into effect this evening with reopening of closed roads and removal of sand barriers.

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Misrata Council of Elders said in a statement that Tripoli incidents and clashes are a plot against the 17th February revolution. The council added that the unilateral ceasefire agreement brokered by the UN-proposed Presidency Council on Wednesday will only add fuel to the fire and replaces armed brigades with other ones to ignite more clashes and tension in the capital.

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Ghaniewa armed brigade of UN-installed Presidency Council said on Thursday it totally rejects Khalifa Haftar-led Dignity Operation for the crimes it had committed in Benghazi against civilians and religious scholars.

In a statement, the brigade, led by Abdul-Ghani Al-Kikli (a.k.a Ghaniewa), added it also rejects the military rule and reiterated its support to the Libyan political agreement and the Presidency Council.

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Libyan Airlines launched its first flight from Mitiga Airport in Tripoli to Taminhint Airport in Sabha, south Libya, on Friday.

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An armed group broke into the National Anticorruption Commission (NAC) in Tripoli on Thursday, ransacked offices and stole important papers and files related to corruption, NAC has reported.

The NAC said it will file a complaint to the Attorney General to bring the attackers to justice.

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A sandstorm coupled with strong winds hit Ajdabiya and Brega towns in east Libya on Friday, disrupting traffic and forcing residents to stay at home. Visibility dropped to less than 500 meters.