News Roundup - Sun, Jun 18, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sun, Jun 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 - 15:54
Written by: HousamNajjair

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Chairman of the Board of Directors of Assaray Trade and Investment Bank, Noman Al-Bouri, and the bank’s manager, Farouq Al-Obaidi, were abducted in Tripoli on Saturday. Sources said Al-Bouri and Al-Obaidi were abducted by gunmen after attending a celebration at Corinthia Hotel last night. Their whereabouts is still unknown. The bank’s employees went on strike on Sunday, demanding the immediate release of the two officials.

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The director of the General Electricity Company (GECOL), Abdul-Majeed Hamza, said Libya is about to demand 200 megawatts of electricity supply from Tunisia and Egypt to meet the increase of electric grid loads. Hamza disclosed during a press conference on Wednesday losses estimated at $ 15 billion between debt, looting and vandalism.

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Sources in the city of Surman said two people were killed in an armed dispute between two families which grew rapidly as both sides received reinforcements. The source explained that the reasons for the dispute was a shipment of fuel which resulted in the two parties using light and medium weapons against each other, which resulted in the burning of houses, property and cars belonging to one of the families, which in turn had to leave the area.

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A number of residents of the city of Zuwara demonstrated peacefully to demand the cessation of fuel smuggling operations that is damaging the economy of the country. The demonstrators also demanded the prevention of fuel trucks entering the city except for those carrying official papers, on their way to official stations and accompanied all the way to its destination.

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A representative of the Sudanese community in the city of Misrata, Moataz Abbas, said that eight Sudanese children will be repatriated after they became stuck in Libya following the death of their parents who joined ISIS in the city of Sirte in 2015. Abbas said that the children were transferred from Sirte to a reform center in Misrata. The plane taking them home to Sudan will leave from Tripoli.

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Social media sources have confirmed the kidnapping of the renowned activist Khalid Tabib. Tabib is a vocal supporter of the General National Congress and the Government of National Salvation, and sources have indicated that Tabib was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen, last Tuesday in the area of Zawiat Dahmani in Tripoli city center. No one has claimed responsibility for the disappearance of Tabib or declared where he is being held as of yet.

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The head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sannallah, expects Libya's oil production to rise to 1 million bpd by the end of next July after the resumption of oil production in a number of fields nationwide if production continues at its current pace without interruption. Sanallah’s expectations come after the declaration of the Bayda oil field’s return to operating after it was out of order for three years as a result of repeated acts of sabotage.

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The municipal council of Sirte in cooperation with the Scout Regiment, started distributing food baskets to needy families in a number of different residential neighborhoods in the city. The initiative distributed approximately three thousand food baskets which contained foodstuffs, baby milk and other various items to the neediest families in the city.

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Gharyan city council announced on its official Facebook page on Saturday that the director of the Gharayan Satellite Control Center which belongs to the Rascomstar Company, Abdul Raouf Hamza, said that the Libyan satellite Qaf 1 is still in the spacecraft specified for it and that it has been under the control of those responsible for its operation since its launch, denying that any country was responsible for hijacking the satellite. Hamza added that an Italian company was contracted to be a backup station in the event of any emergency and this decision is a result of random conflicts that break out in the western region but either way the satellite remains under direct supervision of Libyans.

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The spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of the UN proposed government, Mohammed Al-Ghassri, confirmed the announcement made by an operation room of the Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation to mobilize its forces in the city of Sirte and its environs. This decision comes in order to secure the city and increase the alertness of their forces for fear of any security breach during the days of Eid Al-Fitr. Al-Ghassri indicated that the forces are still at war and are prepared for any emergency required while he denied news of a deteriorated security situation in Sirte which was circulated on various social networking sites.