News Roundup - Mon, Aug 14, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Mon, Aug 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 - 16:51
Written by: SafaAlharathy

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Security sources affiliated to the units guarding the Sharara oil field in the southwest of the country confirmed the continuing of work and oil production in the field, denying any security breaches in the field or the surrounding area. A security officer in charge said that the oil field is "secure", accusing some media outlets of sedition and undermining destabilization. He also assured that the country’s only source of income is a “red line”. Earlier, field workers have confirmed the decline in production due to deteriorating security conditions in the vicinity of the field.

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Residents of the Al-Naqaza district, west of Al-Khums city, woke up to the tragic incident of the seven vacationers who drowned on the district’s beach, which is known as a tourist destination during the summer. Rescue teams and local citizens recovered four bodies, while the three other bodies were still being sought. Earlier, the Civil Safety Department warned holidaymakers of the current weather vagaries and high sea tides during this week.

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Derna's security official, Yahya Al-Assi Omar, said that the body of the pilot Adel Al- Jahani, was handed over to his family on Monday after an agreement between Derna Council of Elders and dignitaries from the eastern region. He added that the city's hospitals are suffering a shortage in medical supplies and some important drugs such as pressure, diabetic and liquidity medications, in addition to 80% of the city's bakeries are closed because of lack of fuel shipments due to the continued siege imposed on the city.

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The Crises and Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Health has called Brega Oil Marketing Company to cooperate with all health facilities to provide the fuel needed to run the generators operating the facilities. The committee demanded the company to expedite fuel delivery due to the frequent interruption of electricity that lasts for hours, in order to preserve the life of patients.

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Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an independent, medical humanitarian organization, has announced a freeze on its rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the head of the Italian section of the organization, Lauris de Felipe, the suspension came after threats by the Libyan Coast Guard and the policies adopted by the Italian government that impeded the function of the mission. He added that the Libyan authorities have called on the staff of international relief organizations to stand-off a distance of hundreds of kilometres away from their coasts despite that earlier activists were allowed to carry out search and rescue operations at 11 miles from the coast.

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The Libyan authorities has released 80 Tunisian citizens who had been held in a prison in the city of Al-Zawia on attempting illegal migration from the Libyan coast towards Italy. Human rights activist, Mustafa Abdelkabir, said in a press statement that negotiations were held with the Libyan authorities for four days for the release of the Tunisians before returning to their country through the Ras Ajdir border in a private bus on Friday.

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Sources close to the management of Tripoli’s Al-Ittihad FC confirmed that the club has made an official offer to the French coach Diego Garzitto to take over the substantive responsibility of the team ahead of the commencement of the Libyan Football League. The source added that the French coach tends to accept the offer and he will arrive in Libya in the coming days, especially after the tense relationship with his current Sudan team Al-Merikh, over his late dues for several months.