News Roundup - Sun, May 14, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Sun, May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017 - 14:58
Written by: HousamNajjair

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Security authorities in Janzur arrested a gang of foreigners and Libyans today in connection with forging personal documents of Libyan Nationals and selling them on to foreigners. The security branch stated that they had taken legal action against the detainees and referred them to the relevant authorities.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sent a humanitarian aid convoy to families living in the Number 1 residential neighborhood in Sirte under the auspices of the crisis committee in the city. The head of the crisis committee, Fawzi al-Shukrbi, said that the humanitarian aid consisted of furniture, foodstuffs, cleaning materials, blankets and baby diapers. The Youth of Misrata branch and Crisis Committee in Sirte oversaw the distribution that benefitted 620 families directly from the aid. 

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Sources from the central region have stated that widespread fears are growing of impending water shortages that could affect the area between the city of Sirte and Ajdabiya, due to a large leak in the system. There has been no way to control the leak, which was caused by the attack on the air valve of the man-made river system near the area of "Alwat Hada ".

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One person was killed and three others were wounded by gunfire targeting a security checkpoint west of Sabratha. The security department of Sabratha said that the checkpoint, which was fired upon with live bullets, is a joint checkpoint located at a roundabout near the Tawila area, west of the city. The police said that gunmen traveled in a car and opened fire towards the checkpoint, then sped away killing one police officer and wounding three others.

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The General Electricity Company announced that their maintenance teams were able to return electricity to the areas of Fassanu, Taba, Qurayat and Abu Gharb after a power cut, which lasted more than 6 days due to vandalism and thievery, which caused an interruption in power on electrical wires and insulation towers.

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Members of Dignity Operation arrested a number of relatives of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos fighters from the city of Zillah, a town situated in north-central Libya, sources said. The campaign targeted about 30 people, including children and elderly people, according to the relatives of one of the detainees.

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Head of Presidential Council Fayaz Sirraj held talks in Tripoli on Friday with the Tunisian Foreign Minister over relations between both countries and ways of enhancing them. Libya’s political deadlock was also addressed during the talks.

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A delegation from Bani Walid town, some 180 southeast of Tripoli, met in Tripoli on Saturday with Head of Presidential Council Fayaz Sirraj. The delegation demanded Sirraj to solve the town’s problems and hold municipal elections. The delegation also demanded Sirraj’s government to resume development projects in the town.

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Chairman of National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanallah, accompanied by senior oil officials, paid a visit to the mountain town of Zintan on Saturday and met with the council of elders. No further details were given, but sources indicated that the visit discussed the frequent closure of Rayayna oil pipeline by Zintani militia groups and how to stop such acts in future.

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Al-Madar Mobile Company has developed an Android application to recharge balance quickly and easily by scaning a QR code.

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The Tripoli-based Ministry of Education has decided to hold the final exams for primary, preparatory and secondary school students earlier than scheduled. The ministry said in a letter to education offices that the exams are to start on Tuesday, May 16 instead of the previous time, which was set for the end of May.

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The National Oil Corporation has refuted claims made by the General Electricity Company (GECOL) that lack of gas and liquid fuel supplies to power plants was behind Friday outages.

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An armed group has attacked a police department in Benghazi leaving one officer dead, local sources reported.