News Roundup - Sat, Jun 10, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sat, Jun 10, 2017

June 10, 2017 - 15:38
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The process of harvesting apricot fruit began at agricultural lands belonging to the investment projects of the Man Made River Water Investment Authority in Tarhuna. The director of the project said that the project management team had begun to contract with dealers to sell the production of the project a few days ago and the process of harvesting apricot fruit is continuing successfully. The total area of the apricot fruit orchards are 15 hectares, while the total area of the agricultural land is estimated at 1200 hectares, of which 400 hectares are for growing grain, 421 hectares are olive trees, and 100 hectares are peaches, grapes, almonds and pears.

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The Italian news agency AKI reported that the head of the Sabratha Military Council, AlTahir AlGharabli confirmed the monitoring of ISIS movements in the south and west of Libya. AlGharabli explained, "The force that was monitored was comprised of 15 armed vehicles attempting to assemble," Stressing that the monitoring process "Came from citizens and through patrols of the Sabratha Military Council". AlGharabli concluded that the tracked forces were moving between the city of Nesma in the west of the country and the city of Mizda in the south, stressing, "His forces are ready in the event of attack."

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A powerful explosion rocked the residential area surrounding a garment factory in the eastern city of Derna. Sources from the city said that the explosion occurred inside the factory resulting in material loss and no casualties. There were no reports so far as to the cause of the explosion, whether it was deliberate or accidental.

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A member of the Board of Directors of the General Company for Desalination and the director of the desalination plant in Tobruk, Fathallah Naas, warned that desalination plants in Libya would cease to operate after two months. Naas added that the lack of second choices would result in the company having no choice but to shut down all plants having a major effect on approximately one and a half million citizens dependent on desalinated water. Naas clarified that the desalination plants had entered this dangerous stage because a lack of the availability of necessary and essential chemicals that are added in the process of desalination, the amount of chemicals would only cover another two months.

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The deputy Foreign Minister of the eastern government in Libya discussed with Philippine Charge d'Affaires Mardomil Silomilikor options to open a Philippine consulate in Benghazi. The two sides discussed the importance of Filipino employment in Libya, especially in the medical field as most of the Filipino workforce in Libya works in the health sector.

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The deputy Transport Minister of the UN proposed government, Hisham AbuShkiwat, stated that the Ministry is in the process of resuming the process of building a passenger terminal for domestic flights covering nine thousand square meters, and another for international flights that will span twenty two thousand square meters at the airport by contracting specialized Italian companies. Abushkiwat added that the Ministry envisions the return of air traffic to the airport when construction of the internal and external passenger terminal and other facilities is completed.

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The Education Minister Othman AbdulJalil met with the Director of the British Council, Tony Calderbank, and afterwards the Ministry announced on its Facebook page that the meeting discussed the development of the curricula and the training of teachers to improve their efficiency. The post added that other points discussed was the evaluation of educational projects that are still under implementation by the Council as well as future cooperation, noting that these discussions come within a series of meetings by the Ministry of Education in an effort to raise the level and quality of education in Libya.

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The Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade announced that they have released more than thirty prisoners on Friday. According to a statement posted on their official Facebook page on Friday, the Public Prosecutor decided the inmates release after six years of detention. The Brigade included in its statement the names of six prominent military and security personnel during the reign of the former regime; they included Brigadier Naji Hareer who is one of the most prominent security leaders in the late Gaddafi’s era and also his relative. The prisoners were released after being arrested on various criminal charges.

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The Director of Bayda oil field, Fayez Furjani stated that oil production is gradually increasing after a complete halt for over three years. Furjani explained in a press statement that the production is expected to return to its previous output by the beginning of May next year 2018, and he felt that there is an ambition by the workers to reach the maximum production rates recorded. The oil field had been suspended for a long period of time due to security conditions that prompted the National Oil Corporation to impose the case of force majeure on twenty two fields, including the Bayda oil field.