News Roundup - Wed, Aug 16, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Wed, Aug 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 - 15:13
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanallah, visited Tobruk on Tuesday evening to attend the 7th conference on oil refineries in Libya. Sources close to Sanallah stated that the visit is to begin work on activating oil investments in the city and researching plans to build an oil refinery in Tobruk estimated to add 300 thousand barrels per day for the Libyan economy.

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The spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Brigadier Ayoub Qasem, accused NGOs working to rescue illegal immigrants of infiltrating the sovereignty of the Libyan state. Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and CA have suspended their operations to rescue migrants off the coast of Libya, following the decision of the Libyan authorities to establish a search and rescue area in Libyan territorial waters. This action will prevent foreign ships from carrying out missions to save migrants, with the exception of being at the request of the Libyan authorities.

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The State Property Department called on the Municipal Guard to intervene and put a stop to the activities of some municipalities in collecting public funds, especially through collection of rents from markets, shops, tourist facilities and other state-owned properties. This illegal collection is in violation of the laws and regulations governing the law of the state's public funds.

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The head of the Presidential Council of the UN proposed government, Fayez Sarraj met yesterday at the headquarters of the council in Tripoli with a delegation from the city of Derna headed by the head of the Local Council Awad Airaj. Sarraj stated that he issued immediate instructions to provide all needs to the desalination plant in Derna and all the urgent requirements of the service facilities of the city. Sarraj also stated that he put in place a direct line of communication between the Local Council of Derna and the ministries of his government. According to the media office of the UN proposed government, Sarraj expressed deep sorrow for the suffering of the residents of the city of Derna stressing his government's efforts to lift the siege on the city and talked about the need to separate the provision of services to citizens from any conflict pointing out the need to open safe corridors for the delivery of medical equipment, medicines and food to the population. 

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The Municipal Council of Tarhuna reported that the electric power station known as Thirty was out of service on Tuesday morning as a result of the station's feeder cables burning out due to an overload. The director of Distribution Department of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) appealed to the city's residents to rationalize electricity consumption during the next two days until the station begins operating again.

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Approximately 210 illegal immigrants from the Kingdom of Morocco, including 30 women, have been on hunger strike for two days in a Tripoli housing center in protest against the Moroccan authorities' failure to cooperate with the illegal immigration Control Agency in Libya on deportation procedures that would return them to Morocco. Moroccan authorities sent a committee four months ago to take the fingerprints of the migrants and promised to return them to their country but there has been no correspondence since then.

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The Minister of Education in the UN proposed government Othman AbdelJalil, withdrew licenses of 107 private schools, preventing them from engaging in any educational activities. AbdelJalil also referred the schools officials to the Attorney General to be investigated, and prohibited any agencies of the ministry from dealing with these schools. AbdelJalil also said that a committee is formed that will submit a detailed report on this matter within a maximum period of fifteen days, in preparation for taking the necessary legal measures against any school breaking the law. This decision comes against the backdrop of manipulation of some of the schools that are being investigated being involved in the public examinations scandal.

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Ahli Tripoli is to play their match against Étoile Sportive du Sahel at the Tayyib Muhairi Stadium in Sfax instead of the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria. Ahli Tripoli will face their Tunisian counterpart in the quarter-finals of the African Champions League on September 15th after the Egyptian authorities refused to allow fans to enter the Burj Al Arab stadium. The Ahli administration in Tripoli is counting on the strong attendance of their fans to support their team in this important match.