News Roundup - Sat, Aug 19, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sat, Aug 19, 2017

August 19, 2017 - 13:04
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The manager of Sabha Civil Airport, Mohammed Oheida, has been quoted as saying "The airport is ready to receive any aircraft after the installation of all necessary technical and security equipment." Oheida added that a technical and security report was sent on Thursday to the Aviation Authority in Tripoli, stating that the airport is ready to resume work. The Hajjis from southern region need to take a domestic flight to Tripoli which needs an approval from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry for transport. Pilgrims are set to leave for Jeddah on Monday from Matiga International Airport but the flight from Sabha to Matiga has not yet been fully coordinated.

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The Municipal Council of Ubari has stated that a German expert who works for Siemens AG arrived at Ubari Airport on Friday. The Council said in a brief statement posted on its Facebook page that the arrival of the German expert comes in preparation for the arrival of remaining engineers and operating technicians of the Ubari gas operated electricity station next week. The General Electricity Company of Libya said in a statement on Thursday that a German expert will arrive in Ubari to conduct operational tests on the first turbines of located at the new station.

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The head of the Italian Red Cross, Francesco Rocca, has called on the United Nations to stop the Libyan Navy from preventing non-governmental organizations from rescuing migrants off the coast of Libya. During his meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, Rocca criticized the ban on NGOs helping migrants in search areas and the rescue set up by the Libyan authorities. Rocca added that the European Union's reaction on this issue is slow, describing it as defeat. Rocca concluded by saying "We are talking about the dignity and lives of tens of thousands of people and the Geneva Convention on Refugees".

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The Deputy Minister of Defense of the UN proposed government, Oheida Najem, denounced the UN and international bodies' lack of support of the Libyan army. Najem stated on the Ministry of Defenses official Facebook page that numerous meetings have taken place with international bodies, but there has not been any progress in supporting the military establishment in Libya.

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Sources close to what is known as the Operations Room of Omar Mukhtar, an armed militia working for Khalifa Hefter's Dignity Operation, which is laying the city of Derna under siege have said that they have agreed to open the Matrouba road, east of Derna. The opening of the road is to allow cooking gas, food and medicines to enter the city, it has also been decided that any critical health cases, students studying outside the city of Derna and pilgrims from the city Derna will be allowed to exit via the Matrouba road, but only during daylight hours.

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The Illegal Immigration Agency in Tripoli announced that 135 illegal immigrants of Nigerian origin, including women and children, have been deported to their country via Matiga International Airport after the Libyan Navy captured them while trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe. The deportation was part of the voluntary repatriation program sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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The ICRC has provided medical supplies, health supplies and medicines to a number of health centers and hospitals in several Libyan cities and regions. Supplies included surgical materials, diabetes medicines, and medicines for other diseases. The shipments were distributed at Ajailat Clinic, Misrata Diabetes Center, Benghazi Medical Center and Sabha Medical Center. These shipments came as an emergency medical response for people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes after the deterioration and disruption of health care services and a lack of medical supplies and essential medicines, as a result of armed clashes and security conditions.

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The Media Office of the Libyan Ministry of Transport announced on Friday that the tanker named Libya, which is owned by the Libyan state and operated by the company Be Ship, was subject to a piracy operation in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait which is considered one of the most dangerous areas. The Media Office confirmed that security personnel on board the oil tanker were able to control the situation and return the tanker to its previous planned journey safely.

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A member of the High Council of State, AbulQasim Qazit, stated that the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Sadiq Kabir, is running the largest corruption scandal in Libyan history. Qazit said in a television statement that Kabir is the main obstacle to any political solution by literally starving Libyans, and all for the benefit of what he called corrupt businessmen. Qazit added that the responsibility to fix this matter falls on the Parliament in the east and the Council of State, and stressed the necessity of the international community to intervene and not stand by and watch as a policy of starvation of the Libyan people is pursued by Kabir and his cohorts saying " Kabir should not escape investigation, accountability or even punishment if necessary".