News Roundup - Wed, Jan 18, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Wed, Jan 18, 2017

January 18, 2017 - 17:26
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

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Graveyards Service Office of the Public Services Company in Tripoli buried 81 unidentified bodies of illegal immigrants in Baer Al-Usta Milad Cemetery in Tajoura, after being washed ashore Tripoli beaches. The burial was supervised by Tripoli Medical Center after getting the go-ahead from Tripoli’s Public Prosecution. 

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The official at the Local Governing Ministry, Salah Fatah, said the crisis of power outages has become an issue presiding all over the country, including the capital. He added that the relevant authorities are holding meetings on a daily basis to try to solve the obstacles facing the power plants and how to find a quick and urgent way out.

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The member of the National Oil Corporation, Jadallah Al-Oakli, said Libya’s oil production has recovered despite all of the hindrances it has been facing lately, hitting 716.000 bpd in the last couple of days.

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The Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, had to cancel his visit to Tobruk city and the meetings he was intending to have with the House of Representatives as the Toburk authorities prohibited his flight from touching down in the city’s airport. Earlier, Kobler was prevented from entering the city by protesters so that he had to wait in the airport lounge until he went onboard his plane away from Tobruk.

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The Head of the media office of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) said the reason of Tuesday’s blackout lies in the growing capacity of the demand for power, which the general network couldn’t tackle. He added that the power has started to gradually return to the cities and the technicians are working on bringing back two units in Al-Ruwais power station and three units in southern Tripoli power station into work, besides working on activating Al-Khums, Misrata, and Al-Zawiya power plants.

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Head of the Blood Central Bank in Tripoli, Naji Jebril, said they will stop receiving donors starting next Thursday because of the shortage of the equipment and materials needed for blood analysis, calling on the Health Ministry and the medical supplies apparatus to provide the necessary equipment for the bank to be able to reopen.  

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The head of the gas and fuel crisis committee Milad Hajrasi said a security force was appointed at Al-Hani and Tripoli oil stocks to monitor the transfer of gas cylinders from there into the selling centers so that they can guarantee the cylinders reach the citizens. He added that over 30.000 gas cylinders are given to the two stocks every day.

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Afriqiyah Airways said it had started airfreight flights from Istanbul, Sharjah, and Misrata and the other way round. The step is meant to refresh the exportation and importation to and from Libya.

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A maintenance team in Ghadames power plant managed to thwart a robbery of power cables that feed the water plant on the Algeria road in the city after a tipoff from one of the city’s residents. This phenomenon has thrived lately in Libya as the thieves smuggle the cables outside Libya.