News Roundup - Sun, Mar 19, 2017

News Roundup - Sun, Mar 19, 2017

March 19, 2017 - 15:47
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Tripoli-based Defense Ministry of UN-installed Presidency Council rejected on Sunday placing the military institution under General Khalifa Haftar, describing him "defeated prisoner of war,” a clear reference to Ouadi Doum war in 1987 during the Libyan-Chadian conflict in which Haftar and around 700 of his soldiers were captured as prisoners of war. In a statement, the ministry said the military rule will only bring injustice and humiliation, referring to the exhuming of bodies and killing of women and children during Benghazi war by forces of Khalifa Haftar. 

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The Libyan Football Federation has announced the date of the Super Cup match between Al-Ahli Tripoli and Al-Hilal. The match will be held on April 07, the Libyan Football Federation said. It also added that the Libyan Soccer League for this season will kick off on April 15.

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Misrata municipality condemned the Friday chants by the protesters in Tripoli saying they advocate for hatred, division and military rule. It also denounced the statement of the Presidential Council and blamed it for the current status quo in Libya because it did not apply the security preparations. It also condemned the attack on its office on Friday, saying it entirely rejects the military rule. 

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Study has been resumed on Sunday in Tripoli after the security situation in the capital has returned to normal, Ramadan Al-Ghadwi, the head of media office at the Education Ministry confirmed. Schools were shut down on last Wednesday and Thursday due to clashes.

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Two fighters from Brigade 604 Infantry were injured by a land mine explosion when they were combing through the research farm area in Sirte. The two fighters were wounded in the hand by the IS-planted land mine, sources said, adding that they were sent to Misrata Central Hospital.

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Fourth year of the Spring Carnival in Sokna town began on Friday under the slogan, "Unite to Express". About 20 civil societies from different Libyan districts partook in the carnival that is aimed at celebrating the coming of spring. The carnival will have some pottery works, jewels, gems, traditional food, popular medicines, hand-made objects and many more. The event will last for three days and will further include shows for horse-riding shows, popular sports activities and motorbike racing.

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218 TV channel said its media crewmembers were arrested on Friday and then released on Saturday, saying that it appreciates the efforts that helped its staffers be freed in the last 24 hours, extending thanks to "the faithful from Tripoli residents." The channel did not mention who arrested its staffers.

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Waha oilfield that feeds Essidra oil terminal has resumed production after 10 days of closure due to the clashes that took place at the oil crescent region. Waha Oil Company had to close the oilfield, which produces 75 thousand bpd due to the suspension of work at Essidra oil terminal.