News Roundup - Mon, Jan 23, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Mon, Jan 23, 2017

January 23, 2017 - 17:16
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

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The Spokesman of the UN-proposed government’s Defense Ministry, Mohammed Al-Ghasri, disclosed that US warplanes air attacked Monday IS positions in Al-Garza checkpoint, 50 km to the south of Saddada bridge, adding that the defense ministry forces recognized the movement of some IS radicals, who fled Sirte battles and those who pulled out of Benghazi recently,  around Garza checkpoint and Bai Valley days ago.

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Reliable sources said that a tripartite meeting for Khalifa Haftar, Fayez Al-Sirraj and Aqilah Saleh is expected to take place this week in Cairo, Egypt as part of the Tunisian-Algerian-Egyptian initiative aimed at resolving Libya’s crisis. The meeting is going to discuss decreasing the number of the Presidential Council’s members, adding the position of the President to the agreement and announcing Haftar as the head of a new military council for the whole country.

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The Financial Ministry of the UN-proposed government said it had received the budget allocated for the first quarter of 2017 from the Central Bank of Libya. The budget is worth 4.8 million dinars. It added that it told the relevant authorities at the ministry to issue the needed authorizations for all of the government sectors in no more than a week.

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Libya’s Archaeology Authority has met with delegates from Durham University in Tunisia’s capital, where they agreed to work on developing the researchers in the archaeological fields, documentation and field surveys. They also agreed on creating training programs – both local and international – as well as documenting the Libyan archaeological sites using state-of-the-art equipment.

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Tripoli Central Blood Bank has resumed work and opened its doors for the donors after the needed materials for blood analysis have been provided and the laboratory has been reopened. The banks suspended work last Thursday and extended a cry for help to the ministry of health and the medical supplies apparatus.

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Benghazi Shura Council fighters and Haftar’s Dignity Operation forces renewed clashes using medium and heavy arms this morning as the latter tried to storm into the besieged Ganfouda district. Haftar’s forces are trying to storm into the district from different frontlines with random shelling.

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The administration of Abu Al-Tafel oilfield in southern Jalu city said it had started servicing the oilfield’s runway after three years of closure, saying the maintenance will take up to five months after which the field’s airport will be able to provide flight services to many cities and other oilfields for the employees and the neighboring residents.

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The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya called for reconsidering the policies and actions of the Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Authority in eastern Libya, commenting on the confiscating of books in Al-Marj on Sunday. It said it refuses this terrifying style used against writers, thinkers, and journalists amid the collapse of civil, democratic state institutions, which will lead to silencing the freedom of thought.