News Roundup - Thu, Jan 4, 2018

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News Roundup - Thu, Jan 4, 2018

January 04, 2018 - 21:44
Written by: NewsDesk

242 people were killed and 395 others injured (160 severe and 235 minor) in Tripoli in 2017 due to traffic accidents, statics released by Tripoli Police Directorate show. According to the statics, the total number of accidents that caused death and injuries reached 631 ones, and the number of damaged vehicles amounted to 1007 ones with a financial loss of more than 1.494 million dinars.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Sarraj, hosted the Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday at the headquarters of the PC in Tripoli. According to the Information Office of Sarraj, the meeting discussed a number of issues for cooperation in addition to the illegal immigration file. Both sides agreed to strengthen ties through the African Union to address this phenomenon, stressing the importance of the decisions of the Euro-African Summit in Abidjan and joint action to dismantle human smuggling networks. The Nigerian Minister announced that his country would begin to repatriate its citizens to Nigeria using this visit as a start to the procedure.

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The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) has revealed a marked increase in women's registration for the elections, which will be held this year. According to the figures of the HNEC, the women's turnout in the electoral system is remarkable, which may indicate a rising proportion of their participation in the upcoming elections. A press statement by the head of the HNEC, Emad Sayah, said that the numbers may reflect a growth in the women's participation in the coming stages of the elections, which may create a good political ground for women and thus the possibility of new female politicians emerging on the political scene.

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The National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Wednesday that it had installed a number of solar power systems at four hospitals in Zintan and Rujban towns, which were carried out by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Libya. The NOC added that the project comes under the umbrella of the sustainable development programs of the NOC, and funded by the Spanish oil company Repsol. The NOC explained that the targeted hospitals are the Zintan General Hospital, Zintan Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Zintan Accident Hospital and Rujban General Hospital.

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The Municipality of Sirte has agreed with two cleaning and electricity companies to start on the maintenance of the Coastal Road in the city, beginning next week. This came during the meeting of the Mayor of Sirte, Mukhtar Al-Madani, with officials of the electricity, water, sanitation and cleaning companies on Wednesday at the Municipal Council’s HQs. The maintenance will begin with the cleaning work and then clean the rainwater drainage systems followed by installation of lighting poles for the entire road. The Coastal Road was opened in July 2017 after combing the areas, removing blockades and removing any mines or war remnants after the liberation of the city from ISIS.

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A number of displaced people from Jafara and Wershiffana regions, western Tripoli, held a protest on Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Presidential Council, demanding the Presidential Council to consider their dire situations and enable them to return to their homes. The protesters raised slogans demanding compensations, considering that the armed groups that displaced them and dispossessed their properties are the same groups which are present today in the region. The protesters also stressed that securing their areas and protection for them are at the forefront of their demands. It is worth noting that a number of families from these two regions have been displaced for the past two years after armed groups known as the “Tribal Army” returned to these regions as per an agreement reached with Misrata’s 301 Brigade, a.k.a Halboos Brigade, which granted them safe return.

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The United States Africa Command, AFRICOM, has expected a possible attack by ISIS in the coming period on the oil crescent, located in central Libya. Spokesman for AFRICOM Command, Robyn Mac, expected in a press statement on Wednesday that ISIS will maintain its current strategy focused on rebuilding its operational capacity to attempt to destabilize the country and block the political process in Libya, stressing that the United States stands with the Libyans and supports their efforts to combat terrorist threats.

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A member of the High Council of Amazigh in Libya, Hisham Hammadi, has called on the international community to intervene in the release of the Amazigh human rights activist, Rabea Jayash, who was arrested in Benghazi on December 27. Hammadi said that Dignity Operation forces arrested Jayash for speaking the Amazigh language in one of the city's cultural events. He described Dignity Operation forces as armed ethnic groups, adding that the leader of Dignity Operation, Khalifa Haftar is attempting to end the existence of non-Arab races in Libya, stressing that the Amazigh do not recognize him and will not fight in his ranks.

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The commander of the western military zone of the Presidential Council, Osama Joaili, has revealed that his forces are going to launch an anti-crime operation in west Libya. Joaili said in a televised statement Thursday that the operation will be in coordination with different security apparatuses in west Libya so that they can secure the whole region. "Our forces have already taken positions in Al-Jamil district and surrounding towns in order to control the administrative borders of the western region." He added.

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The Chief of the Misrata Security Directorate, Brigadier General Tariq Al-Faqih, has resigned from his post, citing negligence by the residents and the Presidential Council toward the security apparatuses in the city. "Threats, media campaigns, claims of betrayal and so on against the security apparatuses were all reasons behind my resignation." He said, warning that the city could reach a worse security situation if the security department is not well supported. Al-Faqih also accused the Presidential Council of abandoning the security directorate in a shameful way, disclosing that some PC members extorted the directorate in return of providing it with the funding it needed.