News Roundup - Sat, Jul 29, 2017

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News Roundup - Sat, Jul 29, 2017

July 29, 2017 - 15:37
Written by: HousamNajjair

The interim government in east Libya has announced the lifting of the legal safeguards imposed on the property of Libyans involved with the late Muammer Gaddafi since 2012, including his wife and children.

The Minister of Justice in the government which is based in Bayda, Munir Aser, said that the decision to lift the safeguards includes the wife and children of Gaddafi, adding that the government issued the decision after a convincing letter was received indicating that the law is unjust and unconstitutional.

In May 2012, the National Transitional Council (NTC) passed a law banning some 300 people from access to their property, including Gaddafi's wife, sons and any prominent figures of the old regime, placing them in the custody of the public guard.


The US State Department has welcomed the Paris meeting and subsequent agreement between the President of the Presidential Council of the UN proposed government, Fayez Sarraj and the leader of Dignity Operation, Khalifa Haftar.

The State Department said in a statement on Friday that the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) should lead the process of political reconciliation in the country.

The statement welcomed Ghassan Salama as head of the United Nations' support mission in Libya, to promote peace and stability in Libya, according to the statement.

The General Authority for Communications and Information warned that the harmful radiation has been detected in the mobile radio towers of the mobile operators.

In a statement published on its Facebook page, the authority said that a team from the Frequency Spectrum Monitoring Department measured the intensity of the radiation emanating from the wireless radio towers.

The towers which are used by fixed and mobile operators and some being located above school buildings were found to have a level of harmful radiation that is below the internationally recommended levels of the International Commission on Protection Against Harmful Radiation (ICNIRP).

The Secretary-General of the United Nations believes that the United Nations must be the leader in the search for a political solution in Libya.

The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salama said in an interview with the United Nations Radio on Friday that Libya has a prominent position in the interests of the international community, the United Nations and its Secretary-General, confirming that he is closely following the Libyan case.

Salama added that he is aware of the concerns and opinions of Libyans through hundreds of messages he has received. He stressed the importance of interaction and communication with Libyans, saying that the UN will do nothing that Libyans do not want and they will find the determination and invent ideas and solutions to help them.

The European Commission (EC) has announced that its Trust Fund for Africa has adopted a program to strengthen Libya's ability to manage its northern and southern border borders worth €46 million.

The money has been allocated to fund programs run by Italy in Libya to improve the efficiency of border and coast guards in controlling border crossings and addressing human smuggling issues to help stop the flow of illegal migration.

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: "Security and stability in Libya are key for the Libyans, the region and Europe, and they come also by better managing the borders and strengthening the resilience of the population”.

The High Council of State considered the Paris meeting and subsequent agreement another attempt to find common ground between opposing parties in Libya to eventually reach a stable state.

The High Council of State, in a statement published on its official Facebook page Thursday, said their partner in the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), the House of Representatives (HOR), should meet with them as soon as possible to start working together on the stipulations of the LPA and address the necessary and limited amendments to the political agreement.

The statement confirmed that the LPA is the only practical framework for this stage, which is ultimately aimed at holding elections in accordance with a permanent constitution that guarantees democracy, human rights and prevents the nightmare of military coups.


The Imam and Preacher of the Jabal Al-Rahma Mosque in the eastern city of Bayda, Sheikh Khalid Othman Seheib, was abducted on Wednesday

Local sources said gunmen loyal to Dignity Operation abducted him while leaving the mosque after the prayer. The kidnappers fired shots in the air in celebration of his abduction.

Sheikh Seheib managed to escape a previous kidnapping attempt in November 2014 from the same mosque. Since the beginning of the so-called Dignity operation, Bayda city witnessed numerous abductions of soldiers, employees, activists and sheikhs.

The fate of abductees remains unknown up to this moment.