News Roundup - Sun, Jan 29, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sun, Jan 29, 2017

January 29, 2017 - 17:32
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

The unresolved crises in Libya that took gradual shape after the fall of the dictatorship of Muamar Gaddafi in 2011 have made the US folly in the Middle East so shiny, reported the US newspaper The National Interest last week.

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The steering committee of Al-Itihad sports club said it is trying to secure investment opportunities for the properties owned by the club so that it could guarantee alternative, fixed funding sources that can replace the current financial sources that all of the Libyan sports clubs receive from the Youths and Sports Ministry.

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The Chairman of the Prices Balancing Fund, Jamal Al-Shibani, confirmed that the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) agreed to cover the costs of some foods that the fund aims to import as part of “foods baskets” to be sold to citizens by affordable prices.

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Athens-based METKA EPC has signed a $380 million contract with east Libya-based the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energy of the Interim Government to construct a power plant in Tobruk.

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Afriqiyah Airways said it had opened a new flights route as part of its (Charter Flights) to Malta from Misrata and Labreg airports starting this February. Flights from Misrata will be on Sunday-Wednesday (two-ways) and from Labreg will be on Tuesday –Thursday (two-ways.) 

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Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee ordered the gas stations to prohibit people from filling fuel in gallons after a car was exploded at a gas station in Arada area in Tripoli on Saturday. This new order cancels previous ones that allowed the action to let people have fuel due to long hours of power outage over the last period.  

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Zliten hosted a meeting to discuss the reasons behind the outbreak of leishmaniosis in the city and its suburbs and eventually outlined a mechanism for fighting the disease on the local level with the cooperation of Zliten Public Services Company under the supervision of the environmental services office in the city. The training is done by the leishmaniosis combat committee of the national council for diseases control.   

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GECOL said three oil vessels laden with light fuel for Al-Khalij (Sirte) Al-Akhums, and Al-Zawiya power plants arrived Sunday aiming at reactivating those stations and hoping that it would help increase the network output to reach 5500 megawatts in the coming days and thus decreasing the hours of outage.

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Tarhouna businessmen said at the end of their gathering “Tarhouna Calls For You” that they will start forming an investment fund to support investment projects worth 100 million dinars. The gathering also recommended forming a committee to coordinate between the businessmen who want to invest into building Tarhouna airport and the city’s municipality.

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The journalist, Ali Al-Rajhi arrived in Tripoli on Saturday after eight months of detention by pro-Haftar armed groups, who arrested him in Al-Nafoura oilfield’s airport of Al-Khalij Al-Arabi Oil Company in eastern Libya on counts of terrorism. Al-Rajhi was a reporter for Al-Nabaa TV and Panorama TV in Benghazi in the last two years.

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The National Mobile Force leadership said on Saturday that it is not legally or morally responsible for any act that has been done in Tripoli or outside of it during 2016 and 2017, as it had never appointed anyone to conduct a security or a military action at that period, except for taking part in Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation in Sirte. Thus, the force disowns the acts done in tis name in Hay Al-Andalus, Ghout Al-Shaal and Al-Siyahiya in Tripoli.  

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The spokesman of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos, Mohammed Al-Ghasri, said the command of the operation will send a delegation to Algeria to inform the Algerian military command about the details of the liberation of Sirte from IS militants as well as about the identity of the operation and what it is made up from so that it wipes out any doubts about the operation harbored by Algeria. He said this would be a step before the operation asks Algeria to support it on all levels.

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Garabulli municipality called on the government authorities to interfere as fast as possible and order a probe into the deadly clashes that took place in the district Saturday night. At least nine people were killed and some others injured in violent clashes Saturday night between Grabulli residents and an armed group from Tarhouna security operation room.

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The commander of the Third Force that is securing the south, Jamal Al-Treiki, said the security situation in the region has improved adding that fuel is arriving consistently to the Sabha fuel depots. He said that Tamnahent airport is about to be reopened this week and electric power had returned in the entire southern region, saying the region is gearing up for stability.

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The Presidential Council-appointed CEO of the GECOL, Abdelmajid Hamza, said that the agreement with the Turkish company Anka has been resumed so that the company would resume work at Ubari gas power plant starting this February.