News Roundup - Sun, Jun 11, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sun, Jun 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 - 14:54
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) welcomed the release of a number of detainees and political prisoners who were held in the Hadba prison based on a decision by the Public Prosecution on Saturday. In a statement, the NCHRL called on the High Council of Judicial Authorities and the Attorney General to execute the general amnesty issued by the House of Representatives in Tobruk, adding that the general amnesty law would work to heal the social rift and contribute to the achievement of a comprehensive national reconciliation, peace and stability in Libya.

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Amna Amtair, a current member of the High Council of State, stated that the list issued by the National Defense and Security Committee of the House of Representatives (HOR) regarding the classification of certain personalities and entities under the category of terrorism is a blatant attempt by the HOR to cover up the war crimes committed by the forces of dignity operation and its leader Khalifa Hafter. Amtair added that the HOR issued the list to settle political accounts with those who went against the direction of the Dignity Operation. Amtair stressed that there is no evidence or proof of these allegations.

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The Ministry of Health of the UN proposed government announced that it had paid all financial debts in full to the Jordanian hospitals that Libyans had been treated in. The ministry confirmed, through its Facebook page, that the crisis that hit patients in the oncology department of some of Jordan’s hospitals is over, after all financial obligations were paid. The ministry also thanked the financial controllers and those who worked on the file regarding the Jordanian oncology department.

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Mustafa AbuShagoor, who is a member of the House of Representatives has stated that the United Nations report on the provision of arms by the UAE to Hafter is “Clear evidence of the interference by the UAE in the internal affairs of Libya," adding that these weapons are being used to "kill Libyans."  AbuShagoor concluded by saying, "Weapons provided by the UAE to Heftar’s Dignity forces are increasing the Libyan crisis," citing information released in the UN report, such as the UAE supplying Heftar with MI-24B attack helicopters made in Belorussia, 195 tactical armed vehicles and Air Tractor aircraft.

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The Information Office of the Vatican has stated that Pope Francis has appointed a new ambassador (Apostolic Nuncio) to Libya from the Vatican in Tripoli to run the affairs of the Catholic community in Libya. The pope added that Monsignor Alessandro D’Errico, who is currently working in Malta, has been assigned to represent the Vatican in Libya; succeeding Monsignor Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, who submitted his resignation to the Pope on 5 February.

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Al-Buraq Airlines have suspended their flights to Tunisia temporarily. The airline justified their decision by what they described as a "weak demand during the holy month of Ramadan." The airline added in a press briefing that it hoped passengers with tickets issued before the decision was made would rebook their flights with their offices and schedule their new travel. Flights are scheduled and expected to return to normal after the holy month.

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The Director of the Transport Department for the Arabian Gulf Oil Company announced that flights from Benina International Airport to the oil fields of the company were to resume in the very near future. The Director added that flights from Benina International Airport to the fields would resume on Sunday 18 June after being halted for more than three years as a result of the war in Benghazi.

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The Minister for Education of the UN proposed government, Othman AbdulJalil has denied widespread rumors regarding an alleged coordination between the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Education to cut Internet and communications during the period of exams held for high school secondary exams as a supposed deterrent of fraud and leaked information on questions. AbdulJalil added that his Ministry is taking all measures to prevent fraud and that his ministry has involved Municipal Councils and security bodies to supervise the conduct of examinations in the regions.