News Roundup - Sat, Mar 04, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sat, Mar 04, 2017

March 04, 2017 - 16:43
Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim

The Ugandan government has Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), the country’s national fixed line, mobile and internet provider, in which Libya a majority shareholder.

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Brega Oil Marketing Company reported Saturday that work at Ras Lanuf oil terminal is normal and that no damage has been done to equipment and infrastructure, a day after the oil terminal was captured by Benghazi Defence Brigades.

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Dignity Operation air force conducted Saturday an airstrike near Sidra port with no casualties reported.

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Benghazi Defence Brigades have called state authorities to take over Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil ports, hours after defeating Dignity Operation forces from most of the oil crescent region.

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Dignity Operation air force conducted last night an airstrike on Ras Lanuf Medical Center, leaving one patient dead and causing considerable damage to its infrastructure.

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Khalifa Haftar’s armed groups in western Libya, mainly from Zintan, have declared a state of emergency and said they are ready to intervene in the battle for the control of oil ports.

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35 members from the House of Representatives have renounced Libya’s political dialogue and demanded Presidency Council members Omer Al-Aswad, Ali Al-Gotrani and Fathi Al-Mijibri to quit the council in protest against the takeover of oil ports by Benghazi Defence Brigades.  

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Spokesperson of Dignity Operation Ahmed Al-Mismari announced on Friday a new military operation called “lightning” to recapture oil ports, after admitting losing them to Benghazi Defence Brigades.

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Tripoli-based Al-Ahli Sporting Club has signed a one-year sponsorship agreement with Dubai-based US Steel General Trading. The deal is worth LYD 4 million.    

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Fighters of Derna Shura Council launched early on Saturday a surprise offensive on Dignity Operation militants in Al-Hila, southern Derna, leaving a number of them dead and wounded.

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17 Libyan mayors held in Italy on Thursday with Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone, and representatives from the Italian government, the UN, and the National Association of Italian Municipalities on the current political crisis and cooperation between Libya and Italy, in addition to the dilemma of illegal immigration and fuel smuggling.

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Zuwara Mayor Hafed Ben Sasi held talks in Rome on Friday with several Italian officials, including Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone and representative from the Italian government, on pollution caused by Mellitah Oil and Gas Compound. He called the Italian side to calibrate the system in the oil compound in accordance to international environmental standards. He also demanded health support for the locals of the region to combat diseases caused by the pollution.

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Representative from House of Representatives, Libyan dialogue committee and Misrata and Zintan municipalities met in Tunisia to discuss the political stalemate and bridge the gap between rival groups.

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Tripoli-based Salvation Government has urged all parties to avoid endangering Libya’s oil resources and calls for a national Libyan dialogue to resolve differences.

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Libya’s Reconciliation Council has called for an immediate establishment of a national peacekeeping force from all regions of the country to preserve peace and protect civilians.

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Afriqiyah Airways has launched its first cargo flight to Jordan today, to be the second cargo route after Turkey. Both Jordan and Turkey are top destinations for Libyan businessmen to import goods into the local market.

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Four liquid gas tank trucks arrived in the eastern city of Tobruk from Turkey to join fleet of Brega Oil Marketing Company.