News Roundup - Tue, Aug 22, 2017

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News Roundup - Tue, Aug 22, 2017

August 22, 2017 - 16:05
Written by: NewsDesk

Amnesty International has issued a report criticizing the slow implementation of the agreement between Misrata and Tawegha that says Tawergha internally displaced persons (IDPS) can return to their city.

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The inhabitants of Suluq town have been suffering from the continued flow of sewage water on the streets for many years, especially in the center of the city known as the " the market centre" where residents find themselves subjected to unpleasant smells and mosquito bites.

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Several military officers urged Monday in Misrata the Presidential Council of the UN-proposed government to act upon its promises as per the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), demanding an urgent appointment of a Chief of Staff for the Libyan army.

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Flights at Benina Airport of Benghazi were suspended on Monday following a strike by workers of the Libyan Ground Handling Company. Sources said the workers are demanding their unpaid salaries, which they haven’t received for more than 16 months. “The workers are complaining about the negligence of government officials to their demands”, the sources indicated, adding that there are no solutions in sight. 
Emergency meetings are being held to meet the workers’ demands. 

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The car of the controller of Gharyan Education Office has been targeted with a shower of bullets, local sources reported. Omer Shingaro was in his office in the mountain city of Gharyan, western Libya, on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at his car and escaped. Security forces set up a probe into the shooting incident, which some sources regarded as a warning to Shingaro.

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Four Dignity Operation militants have been killed and 39 other were wounded in Benghazi clashes during the last 20 days, medical sources from Al-Jalah Hospital reported. Fierce fighting between Dignity Operation and Benghazi Shura Council is still raging in Sidi Khreibesh neighborhood despite the announcement of full liberation of the city by Dignity Operation commander Khalifa Haftar. 

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Derna Local Council and civil society institutions have reiterated their call to state officials and all local and international human rights organizations to intervene and save their besieged city. The council said in a statement that the siege of the city imposed by Dignity Operation militants is still in force despite their announcement of partial lifting of the blockade. “Dignity Operation forces are still banning access of food, fuel and medical supplies to the city”, read the statement.

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Minister of Education, Ottoman Abdul-Jalil, has declared that his ministry had taken serious steps to renovate more than 62 schools in war-torn Sirte. According to the ministry’s website, Abdul-Jalil confirmed during his recent visit to Sirte that construction companies have already received orders to start renovation works. “We might set up makeshift temporary classrooms to allow students start their school year on time”, the minister said.

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More than 80 army officers across the county met in Misrata on Monday to push for unification of Libyan National Army. Under the theme “the National Military Initiative to Unify the Libyan National Army”, the officers discussed the possible ways to establish an army that represents all Libya, demanding the Presidential Council to assume its responsibility by appointing a chief of staff for the Libyan National Army.

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Deputy Health Minister for Hospitals Affairs, Ali Al-Zanati, said Monday that the Presidential Council allocated 9 million dinars for the ministry for the treatment of the amputated persons due to war in Libya, adding that a committee will be formed to tackle the issue. 

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The military spokesman of the Egyptian armed forces, Tamer Rifaye, said the Egyptian air force destroyed nine cars laden with ammunition and weapons on Monday on the border with Libya. He added on his Facebook page that the Egyptian air force targeted criminals before they had infiltrated into Egypt. 

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The International Organization for Migration said it had distributed food aids for 343 illegal migrants outside migrants’ centers in Tripoli in coordination with the European Union. 

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The High Committee of Endurance Races at the Libyan Equestrian Federation met with Tarhuna Equestrian School to coordinate launching an endurance race by the end of September. They discussed the needed measures for holding the race on 29-30 September.

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The officer at anti-drug and smuggling office in Al-Khums, Abdullah Al-Agha survived a murder attempt on Monday after he came under fire while his car passed through a farm in eastern the city. No party claimed the attempt and no officials commented from Al-Khums. Al-Agha is now in Misrata Central Hospital and is in good conditions. 

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The Foreign Minister of the UN-proposed government, Mohammed Sayala, discussed with experts from the Archeology Authority the needed measures to return the stolen and looted antiquities and artifacts from abroad. They agreed to specify the parties that smuggled 11 artifacts that were looted from Soussa and Shahat in Libya, besides the parties that bought them. The pieces were stolen five years ago.