News Roundup - Sun, Jun 4, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sun, Jun 4, 2017

June 04, 2017 - 15:47
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The Libyan Scholars Association has denounced - in a statement on Sunday - linking the Libyan cleric Abdelbasit Ghweila, with the Manchester Arena attack that took place on May 22. The association said that it decries the radicalism and terrorism accusations directed at Ghweila, who himself is part of many organizations that advocate for peace and tolerance and renounce radicalism and extremism. It also called on media outlets and news operators to be professional and honest when they publicize any story.

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The President of the Tunisian, Private Clinics Group, Khaled Al-Nabli said in a press statement that the Libyan authorities pledged to pay the first installment of the accumulated debts owed by the Libyan state on the 2 May, but did not fulfill their obligation. He added that the amount that was supposed to be paid only represented approximately 15% of the amount owed to private clinics in Tunisia, starting from 2011 to the end of 2016, which in total amounted to 230 million Tunisian dinars across 55 different clinics.

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The Presidential Council of the UN proposed Government issued an explanatory memorandum on its decision to establish military zones. The Council said in their memo that the decision does not include areas which have unique circumstances, taking for example the oil crescent starting from Sidra port from the east to Zwaitina port to the west. The oil crescent falls under the jurisdiction of the Petroleum Facilities Guard and is immune from resolution 31, which covers most other areas of land.

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The House of Representatives, based in the eastern city of Tobruk denounced the decision made by the President of the Presidential Council of the UN proposed government regarding the division of Libya into seven military areas. The reason given for their rejection was on the pretext that it is unconstitutional and contrary to the initial adoption of the House of Representatives in the political agreement. On Saturday evening, the House of Representatives stated, "This decision and all decisions of the Presidential Council are invalid and unconstitutional in accordance with the constitutional declaration and the provisions of the Libyan judiciary."

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The Italian embassy denied rumors spread on social media networks relating to the relationship between Libyan families and the Israeli intelligence service known as Mossad. "The Facebook post attributed to La Stampa newspaper referring to Libyan families working with Mossad is fake." the embassy said in a statement on their Twitter account, adding a call for a halt to what it labeled "Dishonest media campaigns."

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The member of the Municipal Council of Jalu, Abdullah Abu Zeid was released after his abduction seven months ago in the city of Benghazi according to media sources from the area.

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Dignity Operation air forces targeted the Sabri and Alhout market areas with a chain of heavy airstrikes in the center of Benghazi on Saturday evening. Sixteen airstrikes were made according to a Dignity Operation military commander adding that the raids caused great damage in the two areas, yet casualties could not be independently confirmed.

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According to the International Organization for Migration, 44 migrants died from dehydration in the vast expanses of the Sahara after their vehicle broke down while traveling from Niger to Libya. UNICEF spokesperson Leonard Doyle said the victims included woman and children who were trying to reach Europe through Libya. Six people from among the group of immigrants survived the ordeal.

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The head of Sabha Municipal Council Hamed Al-Khayali said that the fuel crisis in the southern region is continuing because truck drivers are demanding security guarantees when transporting fuel from the Misrata depot to the south. Al-Khayali added that the quantities that arrive from the Zawiya depot are insufficient to meet the fuel needs of the region.