News Roundup - Sat, Jul 16, 2016

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News Roundup - Sat, Jul 16, 2016

July 16, 2016 - 16:57
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Last Updated: 10:00pm

The Administration of Health Services of Libyan Ministry of Martyrs and Missing Persons Affairs said it had opened a special department in Mitiga Hospital in order to receive the injured fighters of Al-Bunyan AL-Marsoos.

The Hospital administration confirmed that the department will be specialized in surgery and intensive care and has been opened in cooperation with the Crisis Team in Tripoli aiming at alleviating the burden that Misrata Central Hospital is shouldering along with the field hospitals, which host the wounded fighters of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos.  

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The media bureau of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos military operation said Friday it had advanced into Ouagadougou Conference Halls, Ibn Sina Hospital, and Al-Jeeza Military Zone in Sirte, where Is militants are holing up as their last hideouts in the city, pointing out that the Misrata-led forces did not position themselves in those locations as there is still some resistance and because they remain a clear target for IS snipers.

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Sources close to the Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB) said their forces claimed control of Karkoura District on Saturday, which is situated about 60 km western Benghazi after they took hold of Al-Magroun district, 70 km western Benghazi, on Friday.

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Libya's Fatwa House issued a statement Saturday decrying the failed coup attempt in Turkey, which it said was carried out by a number of oppressing coup plotters, who were backed up by a number of misleading media outlets (such as Saudi Arabia-based Al-Arabiya TV). The Libyan Fatwa House congratulated the Muslim Turkish government and people, who are true supporters of justice and freedom in all Muslim countries, for thwarting such an attempt. 

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The member of the political dialogue, Nouri Al-Abbar, said on Facebook that the statement made by the UN envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, rewarding the formation of three military councils is no more than a stark intention to split the country, which won’t pass unnoticed and unprotested.
 
When in Cairo last week, Kobler dropped a hint at possible decentralization of the Libyan army to make it under the leadership of three separate military councils in an attempt to make Khalifa Haftar content as he suggested that Haftar should remain as a symbolic commander for the proposed three armies.
 
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First Deputy Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Emhemed Shuwaib, said he expects the political dialogue round that kicks off Saturday will tackle all issues including the draft agreement, pointing out that there is no specified schedule until today.
 
On Friday, the UNSMIL announced that the parties of the political dialogue will hold a discussions meeting in Tunisia’s capital on Saturday and Sunday to stand on the obstacles hindering the implementation of the Libyan political agreement.
 
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Misrata-led forces have so far taken control of Al-Dollar neighborhood in Sirte after a heavy exchange of fire inside ISIS-stronghold of Ouagadougou Conference Hall. Sources from the Misrata Central Hospital reported that the death toll of Friday clashes against ISIS had risen to 22.

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The Chairman of Tripoli-based Libyan Investment Authority has hailed the recent to unify the country's two rival oil administrations. Abdul-Magid Breish said the reunification is a positive step towards returning Libya’s crude oil production to its maximum level.