News Roundup - Mon, Feb 12, 2018

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News Roundup - Mon, Feb 12, 2018

February 12, 2018 - 22:02
Written by: NewsDesk

The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) held talks on Sunday the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya, Roberto Mignone, over the migrants and refugees’ files and their humanitarian conditions in the detention shelters throughout the country.

The two sides discussed ways to address the common humanitarian issues, according to a statement issued by the NCHRL.

They insisted on the need to formalize the (UNHCR) work in Libya through a memorandum of understanding that allows it to exercise its functions, which include determining who is entitled to seek asylum and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to needy groups in Libya.

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The Minister of Health, Omar Al-Taher, said that the ministry will provide urgent support to the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Tripoli Medical Center.

The statement was made during his visit to the Department where he got a brief on the level of medical services that the children receive there.

Al-Tahir explained that the support will include drugs for tumour treatment and other medical supplies, in addition to finding quick solutions to the shortage of nursing staff.

The Department of Pediatric Oncology provides treatment services for over 70% of the child tumour cases in Libya.

Libya's hospitals have been suffering from shortages of medicines and medical equipment for almost two years, in addition to the departure of foreign medical assistants due to the faltering economic and security situation as well as the political and administrative division in the country.

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The Chief of the Presidential Guard of Presidential Council, Maj. Gen. Najmi Al-Nakua, arrived Saturday in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on an official visit accompanied by a military delegation.

The visit aims to discuss aspects of joint security cooperation between the two countries, according to a press statement by the Director of Information Office of the Presidential Guard, Mohammad Ali.

The Libyan delegation was received by a number of Sudanese military and security leaders, along with the Libyan diplomatic mission in Khartoum.

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Spokesman of the Municipal Council of Gharyan, Hamid Al-Nuweisri, has denied news reports circulated in some media outlets of allocating large sums of money to celebrate the 17th of February revolution.

In a press statement, Al-Nuweisri said that the amount allocated by the municipality does not exceed 3 thousand dinars in cheques because of the lack of cash.

He added that the celebrations will be funded by civil society activists and institutions in the city to arrange a simple symbolic ceremony.

Social networking pages and television channels reported that the Municipal Council of Gharyan allocated 28 million dinars for the celebrations this year.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayaz Al-Sarraj, held a meeting on Sunday with the Chief of the Military Intelligence Agency, in the presence of the Assistant Director of the Agency and a number of officers.

The meeting discussed ways of reactivating offices of the Agency in the western and southern regions and border crossings, according to the Information Office of Presidential Council.

The Information Office added that an agreement was reached to prepare training programs for the employees of the Agency and the armed forces of various branches.

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The Ministry of Local Government in Tripoli said on Sunday that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) had provided 23 million dinars to a number of micro projects in several municipalities. 

This came during a meeting with the UNDP which was attended by officials from the ministry, representatives of other related ministries and parties, and the UNDP capacity project coordinator in Libya, Saleh al-Shaibani.

The meeting discussed the funding scheme presented by the UNDP for a range of microenterprises in some municipalities.

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Libya's Presidential Council (PC) member Ahmed Mitig met with the ambassador of The Netherlands to the country, Eric Starting, in Tripoli on Monday and discussed issues of mutual interest.

According to the media office of the PC, Mitig urged Holland to cooperate with Libya in economic and health projects, adding that 2018 will see resumption of suspended projects.

Starting, however; announced opening a diplomatic office in Tripoli to pave the way for the return of Holland's embassy to Libya, pointing out his country's willingness to help Libyans overcome the current multifarious dilemma.

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Libya's oil production topped 1.038.000 bpd of crude oil and 1.133.000 of total liquids in January 2018, the highest in nearly 5 years, energy-data provider Genscape firm reported.

The firm stated that these figures are the same recorded in July 2013, attributing the matter to the relatively stable situation in the majority of oil fields in January, without a steep fall in production levels due to weather conditions or armed attacks.

Libya's crude oil production reached 962,000 bpd last December, OPEC said.

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So-called Omar Mukhtar Operation Room of Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army has resumed its shelling on the city of Derna.

The media coordinator of the room, Abdul Karim Sabra, stated that the bombing targeted what he called "the armed group's dens" positioned in Al-Dahir Al-Humor district.

An uneasy calm prevailed in Derna on Saturday after a day of intermittent clashes. Dignity Operation has been preparing to invade the city after declaring the surrounded areas as restricted military zones, prohibiting any movement of goods, people, or essential relief supplies.

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Libya’s Al-Tahadi won 1-0 over Ghana’s Aduana Stars at the first leg match of CAF Champions League on Sunday at Petro Sport Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, since Libya is banned from holding matches on its land over security reasons.

Mahmoud Ali scored the winner for Al-Tahadi at the minute 35, with both teams playing carefully in order to take the game to each to its own benefit.

The game as open and in the two halves Al-Tahadi tried to play in an open and carefully manner as they know the opponent’s strength points. Ghana’s champion tried to score more than once but Al-Tahadi’s defense was firm.

The second leg match will be held in Ghana’s capital Accra on February 19.

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Benghazi University's Council issued a statement Monday containing the of the entire staff, according to the parallel Libyan News Agency (LANA).

The statement attributed the group resignation of the staff to the interference of the assignee of the Interim Government's Education Ministry in the domestic affairs of Benghazi University.