News Roundup - Sun, Mar 18, 2018

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News Roundup - Sun, Mar 18, 2018

March 18, 2018 - 22:04
Written by: SafaAlharathy

The five-member Union of Libyan World Heritage Municipalities has called for government measures to protect Libyan sites registered as World Heritage Centres, stressing the need for coordination and coherence between the relevant authorities in this matter. A member of the Union, Abu-ajaila Jaber, said the Union held its 3rd meeting in Sabratha, which included a scientific symposium and several working papers on the protection of archaeological sites presented by the Municipality of Shahhat, Tripoli Antiquities Office and Sabrata Antiquities Office, and in the presence of a number of specialists, professors, and other persons concerned. The Union is made up of municipalities of Al-Khums, Ghat, Ghadames, Shahat, and Sabratha. The archeological sites in these five cities have been placed in the UNESCO list of world heritage in danger since June 2016.

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Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense, Ouheida Abdullah, discussed during his meeting with the British Ambassador to Libya, Frank Baker, in Tripoli on Saturday the effective ways to support the military institution. Ouheida confirmed to Baker that the Ministry of Defense has a clear vision about the army and had developed a strategic plan on the military institution and its structure, according to the Information Office of the Ministry.

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The ministry of health of east-based interim government has rung alarm bells over the high incidents of death and poisoning that occurred from the use of fake black henna, warning of the dangerous chemical substances are being used in this product. The parallel Libyan News Agency reported that Marj Hospital received during February and March six cases in critical conditions as a result of using the black henna. The ministry pointed out that during the past years and until the beginning of March, the number of deaths due to using henna product has increased to 59 cases, in addition to 149 others in a state of intoxication and skin irritation, according to hospital statistics in a number of municipalities in the eastern region.

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The Commander of the Central Security Force in the western region, Hammadi Al-Dabbashi, said that his forces managed to free the security personnel and recover the cars that were seized during the tour of the President of the High Council of State, Abdul Rahman Al-Suweihli, to the Western (Nafousa) Mountain. In a statement Saturday, Al-Dabbashi said that the liberation process took place in cooperation with the Security Directorate of Thaher Al-Jabal just hours after the convoy was ambushed near Qawalish village. Al-Suweihli’s convoy came under fire while heading for Yefren in a visit that included several towns at Western (Nafousa) Mountain.

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Interior Minister, Abdel Salam Ashour, attended the international meeting on combating the smuggling of migrants, human trafficking, and related crimes, with the participation of the interior ministers of the countries of origin, transit and destination. The meeting, which was held in Niger's capital, Niamey on Friday, focused on identifying a common strategy to combat illegal immigration and smuggling networks, and to seek appropriate ways and means to combat this phenomenon effectively. Countries taking part in the meeting included the five Sahel states of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Libya, Algeria, Côte D'Ivoire, Guinea and Senegal, as well as France, Italy and Spain, in addition to representatives of the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations.

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Chairman of the Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee of Brega Oil Marketing Company, Milad Al-Hijrsi, confirmed Saturday that an armed group of fuel smugglers kidnapped two fuel truck drivers in Aqar town near Barak Al-Shati in south Libya, adding that their fate is still unknown. Al-Hijrsi pointed out that the head of Sabha's oil depots, Abdul Qadir Mai, was also attacked by armed groups and smuggling gangs. "Despite the risks, the Committee is determined to deliver fuel to the entire southern region up to the cities of Qatron and Ghat and Tgrhi in the far south," he noted, insisting that there are other trucks waiting to join the fuel transport convoy to the south, in spite of all challenges.

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