News Roundup - Thu, Sep 21, 2017

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News Roundup - Thu, Sep 21, 2017

September 21, 2017 - 15:13
Written by: HousamNajjair

A Libyan Airlines aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Benghazi’s Benina Airport on Wednesday due to a broken window. The aircraft took off from Mitiga Airport in Tripoli en route to Tobruk Airport when the cockpit side window cracked over Benghazi. Around 90 passengers were on board the Bombardier CRJ900. No one was hurt.

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Al-Akhdar Club from Bayda city confirmed to the Libyan Football Federation on Wednesday that its football team refuses to play against Khalij Sirte at the Sirte Stadium. In a post on their official Facebook page, the club attributed the reason for absence of security and logistical conditions in Sirte, but added that any other stadium outside Sirte would be suitable. The match between Al-Akhdar and Khalij Sirte comes within the fourth week of the Libyan Football League.

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Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, reaffirmed his country's continued commitment to supporting the Libyan issue. During his meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Sayala, in New York on the sidelines of the EU foreign ministers' meeting on Libya, Alfano expressed his satisfaction at the effective cooperation between Rome and Tripoli on managing migration flows.  He added that the decline in illegal immigration during the last two months has been encouraging.

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Medical services have been stopped at Murzuk General Hospital due to lack of medical supplies and equipment.  The hospital has long been suffering from poor conditions, services and lack of medical staff, and a closure of some of the sections due to maintenance, which began in 2010 yet is still to be completed.  The hospital management appealed to the Ministry of Health to provide the necessary capabilities and requirements so that the hospital could continue to work and provide services to citizens of the town, located in southwest Libya.

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Gunmen from so-called the Anti-Terrorism Battalion of Dignity Operation forcibly arrested a patient from one of Tobruk's hospitals on Tuesday, a source from the city confirmed. The source said that the patient, Abdullah Al-Masmari, was one of the many who were displaced from the city of Benghazi to Tobruk and was receiving treatment in the hospital. Al-Masmari was taken by members of the armed group despite his poor health condition to an unknown destination.  The source pointed out that the militants justified their actions to hospital staff by saying that “the patient has links to Benghazi Shura Council”.

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The telecommunications company, Hatif Libya, has announced the return of telecommunication services to the western mountain region after a three-day interruption.  The company stated on their official Facebook page that its engineers completed maintenance work on the damaged fibre optic cable, which caused interruption in all telephone and internet services, in addition to bank systems.

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Misrata Municipal Council, the Union of Municipalities of the South and the Arab Society for the Transport of Oil and its Derivatives, stated on Wednesday that they adopted an insurance plan to transport fuel and gas from Misrata fuel depots to Jufra and Sebha oil reservoir.  They demanded that security and military authorities should shoulder their responsibilities in ensuring that fuel reach its destination to alleviate the suffering of people in the southern region.

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Military officers of the Military Zone of Tobruk have set up a new security center approximately 150 km south of the city on the main Tobruk- Jaghbub road to tackle smuggling operations.  The new center was set up after calls from local residents to the Military Zone of Tobruk to end smugglers and human traffickers’ operations in Tobruk- Jaghbub road.

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