News Roundup - Sun, Jan 01, 2017

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News Roundup - Sun, Jan 01, 2017

January 01, 2017 - 17:01
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Last Updated: 10:18pm

The spokesman of the Third Force that is appointed to secure the south, Mohammed Gliwan, confirmed that their fighters attacked Barak Al-Shatti airbase on Sunday dawn and laid a tightened siege around it, aiming at regaining control and securing it.

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The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) documented 296 civilian injuries in December 2016 across Libya including 76 deaths and 34 injuries due to violence and terror attacks.

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The Central Security Force in southern Tripoli executed Saturday afternoon two persons on charges of kidnap, theft and blackmailing without being sentenced by the court.

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The commission for fuel and gas crisis in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has declared that the congestion at filling stations in Tripoli is caused by the distribution of medium amounts of fuel to the stations in an attempt to balance out reserves for the Greater Tripoli area after a decline in fuel amounts in Tripoli oil depot.

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Libya's social media pages are awash with anger and insults to the member of Tobruk-based House of Representatives Ali Al-Tikbali after a sexy video of him went viral on Saturday.

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The head of the Prices Balancing Fund, Jamal Al-Shibani, said they might receive 300 million dinars from the emergency installments at the Central Bank of Libya in order to supply the country with 11 basic food commodities to be paid for citizens by the cost price through consumers’ commissions.  

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Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade mourned one of its fighters, Abu Jafar Ben Naser, who was found in Al-Zawiya Hospital’s morgue with marks of torture and gunshots that were believed to be the reason of death. The brigade said Ben Naser disappeared four days before his body was found Saturday in the hospital.

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The CEO of the GECOL, Mohammed Akika, urged the grants commission at the company to prepare quotations for importing mobile gas turbine units with specified standards that can be swiftly installed with the capacity of 500 megawatts, aiming at limiting the shortage of power at the general electricity network, which amounted to 1000 megawatts, especially in Tripoli.   

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The spokesman for the Third Force, Mohammed Gliwan, said their forces are ready to foil any attacks that target the southern region and will strongly fight any attempts to destabilize it. He added that their forces received military support lately to help them combat Dignity Operation forces, who are trying to plunge the south into turmoil and violence.

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Sabha residents organized a sit-in on Saturday to stress the need for a civilian state that is ruled by the laws of the constitution and the police as well as the army. They also called for an end to the conflicts and the protection of criminals. They urged for prevailing peace in their city, which has special civilizational and cultural significance in Libya, adding that all must renounce tribal and regional vendettas.  

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Hatif Libya telecom company said Libyana and Al-Madar Al-Jadeed mobile connections, as well as the internet connection experienced a shutdown in the areas after Benghazi eastward. It said on Facebook that the reason was behind a damage in the fiber cables 1.5 kilometers away from Al-Kwifiya post office.

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The head of the gas and fuel crisis, Milad Al-Hajrasi, said Anwar Al-Naser oil vessel docked into Tripoli port, which is laden with 31 million liters of fuel and will start unloading at 5:00pm on Sunday.

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Algeria’s Al-Fajr newspaper said a meeting will be held in Algeria on January 04 in the presence of the Head of the Presidential  Council, Fayez Al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar with representatives from Libya’s neighboring countries.