News Roundup - Tue, Jul 18, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Tue, Jul 18, 2017

July 18, 2017 - 15:25
Written by: HousamNajjair

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A unit under Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos forces based in central Libya, destroyed over a ton and a half of redundant and unused ammunition including landmines. The munitions were gathered during a clean up mission in different neighbourhoods of Sirte after the war against ISIS which witnessed fierce fighting last year and ending in the liberation of the Libyan city.

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Media sources from the eastern city of Derna stated that the delay by the delegation of the High Council of National Reconciliation came as a result of a request by Khalifa Hafter, the leader of Dignity Operation forces. Hafter demanded that the delegation postponed their arrival in Derna until August and also suggested the formation of three committees, one representing Operation Dignity, the other representing Derna Shura Council and lastly, one representing the High Council of National Reconciliation. The source also confirmed that the three committees will sit at the negotiating table to discuss the resolution of the crisis between the parties that could possibly lead to war.

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Nineteen sports federations submitted a memorandum to the President of the Presidential Council Fayez Sarraj demanding financial support as soon as possible. The memorandum submitted last week, said that the sports federations have yet to receive any budget in nearly four years which has caused many difficulties. The memorandum noted that there will be severe consequences as a result of this neglect if the situation continues adding that the federations could not pay up their international contributions which has resulted in their withdrawal from most continental and Arab competitions. The demand for support was set for the end of July as a deadline or else the federations will freeze sports activities in total.

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Libyan football federation has picked Omar Al-Marimi as the assistant coach to Jalal Al-Damja, this came after AbdulAti Al-Qubi stepped down and apologized for being unable to continue his duties with the technical staff for private reasons. Al-Marimi will start his new duties at the next friendly match with Egypt which is set to bring the Libyan national team against their Egyptian counterpart in early August. Preparations for the Libyan team's first match in the African Cup qualifiers for local players is being held in Kenya for the match which will also see the Libyan team set against their Algerian counterpart on August 12 in Constantine.

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The Joint Security Room of Bani Walid has denied the existence of secret prisons inside their administrative area of the city all the way to the administrative border of the city of Sirte. The Joint Security Room in a statement said "There are no extremist groups controlling or running camps and prisons within the administrative area of the city of Bani Walid," adding "We follow the activities of any organisations within the administrative borders of our city". The Bani Walid Joint Security Room called on the media to contact them to verify any news regarding the security situation in the region before publicizing what could be false reports and stated their readiness to cooperate with the media in revealing the fate of the kidnapped journalists.

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The Minister of Health of the UN proposed government, Omar Al-Tahir, sent a letter to the Libyan ambassador in Iraq, who is responsible for managing the file of Libyans being treated in Jordan, in which he is required to pay US $ 500 per month for each patient whose treatment exceeds one month and whose payment should begin after the first thirty days.

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The President of the Interim Government of the Tobruk parliament, Abdullah Thani, has issued a controversial decision imposing a financial fee on every Libyan who marries a foreigner of 5,000 thousand Dinars and an estimated 3,000 Dinars for every Libyan woman who marries a foreigner. There is also to be a payment of fifty Dinars for each Libyan marrying another Libyan.

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The President of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj met with the head of the Central Bank of Libya and discussed proposals for economic reforms. The discussions included a program designed to face the repercussions of the current crisis within the country, decisions that needed to be addressed and procedures to help stall the crisis of political division, budget deficit and trade balance which is all draining the Libyan economy and adding to the state of security chaos causing extra suffering to the Libyan citizen in their everyday life.

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The spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, in the UN proposed government, Brigadier General Mohammed Gasri has confirmed that they have tracked movements by Bin Nayel's Dignity Operation militia forces south of the city of Misrata. Gasri also confirmed that their forces are ready to deal with them in the event of any steps by Dignity Operation against them. Gasri denied the presence of the two kidnapped Tunisian journalists, Nadir Qatari and Sufian Shuarbi in areas under the control of Bunyan Marsoos Operation.

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The European Union has decided to impose new sanctions on Libya, including a ban on the export of rubber boats and engines, as part of an effort to reduce the phenomenon of migrant smuggling. A statement issued by the 28 EU Foreign Ministers said that these restrictions do not include companies that use these boats in legitimate areas such as fishing. The EU Foreign Ministers also decided to extend the European Union Assistance Border mission in Libya (EUBAM) whose mission is to help Libya regain control of its Libya's southern border until the end of 2018.