News Roundup - Thu, Dec 29, 2016

News In Brief

News Roundup - Thu, Dec 29, 2016

December 29, 2016 - 16:48
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) has expressed deep concern over the media statements issued by military leaders of east Libya and their military deployment in the western region on the pretext of Tripoli liberation. In a statement on Thursday, the NCHRL said the statements of senior Dignity Operation leaders are regarded as "incitement to violence and civil war and a blow to peace and reconciliation efforts in the western region."

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The 22nd edition of Ghat International Tourism Festival wrapped up on Wednesday under the theme "Ghat, Treasures of Nature and Resources of Heritage." During the three-day event, a market for folk and traditional items was held, which reflected the old days of the town and its residents' way of living.

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The Director of Foreign Media Department in the Salvation Government has accused UN-proposed Presidency Council (PC) of being behind his abduction and torture. Jamal Zubia said on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit in a local court against the PC, indicating that he seeks to file another one against it in the International Criminal Court on charges of forced disappearance and torture.

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Work at courthouses in Tripoli’s Saidi Street has been resumed on Wednesday after 2 days of closure due to the skirmishes that closed the main roads leading to the courthouses.

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The Media Office of Misrata Airport said the normal operations of flights at the airport would start next week despite the suspension of strike by handling and ground services workers today. It added that Afriqiya Airways and Libyan Airlines had both diverted their flights to Tripoli-based Mitiga Airport and they are expected to re-launch their flights from Misrata next Saturday.

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The Libyan Red Crescent has recovered 11 bodies of illegal immigrants from the coast of Tripoli’s Hai Andouls and Rigata beach, in addition to Sayad town to the west of Tripoli.

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Doctors and nurses at Misrata Centre for Tumors have embarked on an indefinite strike until their colleague Dr. Monsif Al-Hotai, who was abducted by an armed group during working hours, be released.
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A 16-member Libyan delegation from 9 municipalities in the western region and the Supreme Council of Reconciliation has arrived in the Tunisian city of Ben Guerdane to try to find a solution to the closed border of Ras Ajdir. Local sources said the delegation has met with officials from Ben Guerdane municipality and representatives from the Tunisian protesters who are closing the roads to the borders.

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The spokesperson of Education Ministry said the green light has been given to all educational offices in Libya to allow children of Libyan married women to foreigners to study at government schools without fees.
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10 HIV-infected people including 4 women between the ages of 18-19 have died in Benghazi due to lack of medicine, the World Health Organization has reported, adding their death has caused anger among the local. 
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Schools in the eastern city of Bayda have been closed on Thursday due to the bad weather conditions and cold wave.

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Workers at Sabha Medical Center in south Libya staged a protest on Thursday to against the deteriorating security situations and assaults on the medical staff. Local sources said the medical staff always come under verbal attacks and gun threats from relatives of the patients, causing panic and chaos in the center.