News Roundup - Sun, Apr 2, 2017

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News Roundup - Sun, Apr 2, 2017

April 02, 2017 - 16:21
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

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Head of elders council in Al-Jufra, Ahmed Abu Taleb, said their district is against the military mobilization that is being conducted by Dignity Operation, adding that Al-Jufra is not with the choice of war or with one side over the other in the current conflict. He also said that Al-Jufra should be a place of dialogue among all parties, saying their armed groups won't be a part of any Libyan-Libyan fight and they only fought IS militants alongside Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos in Sirte.

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Fifth meeting for the Libyan experts in development forum has ended after discussing placing a national framework for social security to limit the poverty in Libyan, with constant assistance to the poor and the weak in Libya. The discussions were attended by experts from UNICEF and World Bank. 

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National Safety Authority warned people of using non-original gas cylinders after reports about fires caused by them in different areas, with some incidents leading to deaths and serious burns, adding that the latest incident was when one cylinder exploded in a house in Zliten and killed the whole family.

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Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos said it had reopened the coastal road in Sirte from the western to the eastern entries of the city. The reopening came after finishing demining works and cleaning campaigns, leaving the roads ready to receive the displaced families to their houses.

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UNSMIL has said that 20 civilians were killed and 4 others were wounded in last March due to hostilities across Libya, breaking the numbers into 9 men, 6 women, and 3 children, failing to specify the gender of remaining two. It added that 11 were killed in shootings, four in airstrikes, three in shelling, and two others were killed in a warplane crash. It also said that on March 17, thirteen bodies for African nationals were found in Teleel wood near Sabratha city.

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Local sources confirmed that social efforts stopped the clashes that broke out between pro-Haftar armed groups in Wirshiffana on Sunday. Aziziya district saw fierce clashes between tribal armed groups, without reports about damages or fatalities. Days ago, the same armed group were engaged in clashes before they stopped upon a ceasefire agreement. 

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An explosion was heard Sunday morning in Benghazi. Locals said it could be airstrikes conducted by Dignity Operation on locations for Benghazi Shura Council, which confirmed that Al-Lathama bridge in eastern Al-Sabri has fallen after the explosion. It added that the explosion could be due to the heavy air attacks on the location along with artillery shelling in the early morning today.

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Agence France-Presse said its photographer in Benghazi Abdullah Duma was arrested again by security authorities just after two days of his release. He first was arrested on last Tuesday for shooting celebration of Earth Hour upon having no permission for the celebration. Reasons of the new arrest are still unknown.