News Roundup - Thu, Aug 17, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Thu, Aug 17, 2017

August 17, 2017 - 15:58
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The head of the Tuberculosis Department at the National Communicable Disease Control Centre in Tripoli, Mohammed al-Farjani, said that many patients suffering from tuberculosis infection were unable to obtain treatment due to the lack of the anti-tuberculosis vaccine, which had completely vanished for nearly two months. Farjani told Libya Channel that they only received 25% of the quantity needed during this week that was provided by some local suppliers and with the help of some benefactors, while about 2000 cases remained untreated. He explained that a shipment is expected to arrive next Wednesday, and if it arrives, it will be distributed immediately and on the same day to cases that are still pending, putting the blame on the bad administrative system and complications, which monopolizes the medicine supply claiming the fear of misuse of medicine. 

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Almadar Mobile Operator has successfully launched its evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) network in Libya. The state-run company said the new network will be available in Tripoli while other cities will be covered with HSPA+ service soon. Almadar offers the service in three plans; Net3, Net5 and Facebook. With Net3, customers can get 3 gigabyte per month at a cost of LYD 30 dinars. Net5 offers 5 gigabyte per month at a cost of LYD 45 dinars. With Facebook service subscription, customers can choose a weekly package of 1 gigabyte at a cost of LY 5 dinars or a monthly one of 3 gigabyte with LYD 15 dinars.

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The head of the Competitions Committee of the Libyan Football Federation, Hussein Morabet, announced that the Local Super Cup between Ahli Tripoli and Hilal, will be held on August 23. Morabet also explained that the Competition Committee is waiting for security approval in order for the audience to attend the match. The Libyan football league began on Tuesday with four matches after a break of more than two years.

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The Misrata Municipal Council said in a statement on Wednesday that one of their members, AbuBakr Harish and all members of the delegation representing Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos Operation represent only themselves in their recent visit to Qatar. The Council explained that the visit took place without prior coordination with them, describing the Municipal Council as the only legitimate representative of the city of Misrata .

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The head of the Sports Security Committee of the Security Directorate of Tripoli, AbdelBasit Tabal, stated that the directorate is able to secure matches in the Libyan league to reach as high an audience as 40 thousand spectators. Tabal added in a press statement that they are fully prepared to provide security for all local and international matches, particularly the Super Cup match between Ahli and Hilal, which will take place next week.

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The head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj said that the military is forbidden to conduct meetings at home and abroad without the prior approval of specialized bodies within the army. Sarraj demanded in a statement published on Wednesday as the supreme commander of the Libyan army, the need to open an investigation into the military personnel who carried out these acts by the judiciary of the army, explaining that the accused represent a serious breach and are in explicit violation of military law.

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The House of Representatives (HOR) expressed deep concern over what they described as an enforced disappearance of former Prime Minister Ali Zidane in the capital Tripoli. The HOR accused the forces of the Presidential Council on a raid that took place on Zidane's residence in the capital and his subsequent detention, demanding that the Presidential Council intervene to guarantee the release of former Prime Minister.

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A shipment of humanitarian aid from the Italian Development Cooperation Agency arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday for the Sabratha University Hospital aboard an Italian Air Force cargo plane. Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, stated on Italian news agency AKI that an Italian Air Force cargo plane transported 11 tons of aid to Sabratha University Hospital, 80 km west of Tripoli, on Wednesday morning.

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The Italian embassy in Libya stated through their official Twitter account the incorrectness of news circulated regarding the visit of an Italian military delegation to a military base near the city of Sirte. The Tweet stated "News about the visit of Italian military base near Sirte is invalid and incorrect". It is noteworthy that Libyan media reported that an Italian military delegation had visited the air base of Al-Kardabia and Sirte International Airport.

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Zliten Municipal Council approved the establishment of a fund to support educational facilities and another supporting health facilities. The Council announced through its official Facebook page that the two funds will be supported by the municipal council and a number of bodies operating within the municipality.

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During a meeting in Tripoli with German Ambassador to Libya Christian Buck, the head of the High Council of State AbdulRahman Suweihli discussed the political situation in the country. According to the Information Office of AbdulRahman Suweihli, Suwehli called on the German government through its ambassador to help Libya end negative foreign interventions in the internal affairs of Libya.