- Libya holds Africa's largest crude reserves, but years of conflict has hobbled production, exportsThe Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) reopened the country’s oilfields on Monday after suspending their strike. The move came one day after the PFG shut down oil facilities in the country in a dispute over pay. “The PFG members ended their protest after Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh fulfilled his promises,” PFG head Abdul Razzaq al-Khurmani told Anadolu. The PFG members demanded a pay raise for its members and the disbursement of bonuses similar to employees of the country's state-run National Oil Corporation. Libya holds Africa's largest crude reserves, but years of conflict and violence since the 2011 ouster of ruler Muammar Gaddafi have hobbled production and exports.
February 27, 2024 18:57 UTC
An Italian court has issued a ruling preventing the return of refugees and migrants to Libya in a significant development. The militias, reportedly aided by Libya’s Europe-backed coastguard, intercept refugees and migrants, holding them captive in coastal prisons where they face torture and abuse. Italy’s highest court recently upheld a ruling preventing Italian vessels from returning rescued refugees to Libya, signaling a divergence between the legal system and the political establishment’s support for Libyan militias. The court’s decision aligns with the longstanding assertion that Libya is not a safe place for refugees and migrants. However, the recent court ruling emphasizes the unsuitability of Libya as a safe disembarkation point for rescued individuals.
February 27, 2024 18:41 UTC
The same source he added, the meeting will try to approve the formation of a new government and then call elections eight months after the choice of the unified executive. This approach, however, is contrary to the official line of the President of the State Council, Mohammed Takala: “Elections should be done on the basis of laws agreed by all parties. First let's make the laws for the elections, then we can also agree on a government of national unity", Takala said in an interview granted to "Agenzia Nova" on February 22nd. In October, however, the Eastern House of Representatives ratified the electoral laws with some changes later rejected by the High Council. Read also other news on Nova NewsClick here and receive updates on WhatsAppFollow us on the social channels of Nova News on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Telegram
February 27, 2024 18:03 UTC
In a landmark ruling, Italy's highest court has declared it illegal to return sea migrants to Libya, shining a spotlight on the grave human rights abuses they endure. These groups, sometimes in collusion with the Libyan coastguard, have been implicated in a series of human rights violations, including torture, ransom demands, and sexual violence against migrants. Human rights organizations and charities have hailed the decision, emphasizing the need for a humane and lawful approach to migration that respects the dignity and rights of all individuals. Refugees and Migrants' Determination to Reach EuropeDespite the ruling, the dreams and determination of refugees and migrants in Tunisia remain undeterred. The recent court decision not only sheds light on the dire situation in Libya but also raises critical questions about the future of European migration policies.
February 27, 2024 17:46 UTC
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February 27, 2024 09:35 UTC
The active duty U.S. Air Force member who set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy has died of his injuries, the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Monday. Aaron Bushnell, 25, of Whitman, Massachusetts, lit himself on fire in front of the embassy on Sunday afternoon. Officials believe Bushnell started the stream, set his phone on the ground, poured liquid over himself, and lit himself on fire. “When a tragedy like this occurs, every member of the Air Force feels it,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Celina Noyes, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Wing commander. Protests against war in Gaza growIn December, a protester set themselves on fire in front of the Israeli consulate in Atlanta.
February 26, 2024 22:33 UTC
Libya’s state National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed in a very short statement today that its ‘‘operations are proceeding as usual across all offshore and inshore locations’’. The statement contradicts the claim made by the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) yesterday that they had closed several western Libyan based oilfields, pipes and installations. The PFG say they are demanding their legitimate rights as prescribed by a court ruling in 2007 – a ruling to which successive governments have not responded. Aldabaiba’s offer initially rejectedLate yesterday Aldabaiba issued a decree raising the PFG pay by linking it to a specific military payscale. Negotiations with the Tripoli based government are ongoing.
February 26, 2024 21:40 UTC
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February 26, 2024 21:35 UTC
Gen Al Burhan is visiting Libya for talks with National Unity Government Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. Sudan has more recently been plunged into civil conflict after a power struggle between Gen Al Burhan and his one-time ally Gen Mohamed Dagalo, who controls the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary, escalated into armed conflict. On his first official visit to Libya, Gen Al Burhan discussed regional and international issues with Mr Dbeibah and chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al Menfi, a statement from Mr Dbeibah’s press office said. Mr Al Menfi expressed his country's support for Gen Al Burhan's efforts to bring peace and stability to the people of Sudan in a joint press conference. Gen Al Burhan expressed his gratitude for Libya’s “honourable stances” regarding Sudan and his hopes for further economic, political and military co-operation between the two countries.
February 26, 2024 19:12 UTC
Flows of gas from Libya to Italy and production at Libya’s Wafa field resumed on Monday after being shut down last week by protesting Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) forces over non-payment of salaries. On Sunday, Libya's interim prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah approved a decision to increase salaries for PFG forces, responsible for the security of the country’s oil and gas facilities. The PFG gave the interim prime minister of LIbya’s UN-recognized Government of National Unity (GNU) 10 days to meet demands or face closure of oil facilities. They also shut down the El-Feel and Al-Wafa fields, and threatened to gradually terminate operations at Libya’s largest oilfield, Sharara. ADVERTISEMENTIn January, Libyan production was at 1.02 million barrels per day, according to the Platts OPEC Survey from S&P Global.
February 26, 2024 18:52 UTC
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February 26, 2024 18:42 UTC
El Burhan stressed that the government of Sudan agreed to negotiate in the Jeddah platform in order to end the suffering of the Sudanese people. During the meeting, El Burhan voiced appreciation "for the positive positions of Libya towards Sudan, calling for and supporting Sudan's unity, national security and stability, and rejecting negative foreign interference in the two brotherly countries". Al Menfi affirmed Libya's support for Sudan and its support for its unity, security, and territorial integrity, indicating that Sudan is an important country for Libya, and its stability and cohesion cannot be neglected. In his post, Hemedti expressed his thanks to Dbeibeh, and promised to meet him "in the near future". The RSF commander also expressed his thanks for the Libyan initiative and efforts in supporting stability and peace in Sudan.
February 26, 2024 18:07 UTC
NGO calls for public inquiry into death of five migrants during rescue operation in Maltese watersSAR Malta Network, an NGO, has called for a public inquiry into the death of five migrants during a rescue operation in Maltese waters last Friday. During a rescue operation carried out by the Armed Forces of Malta the boat capsized. The AFM rescued 29 people but five others lost their life with the Maltese government expressing “deep regret” over the loss of life. “We therefore demand that the Maltese authorities carry out a comprehensive and public inquiry in a timely manner under the Inquiries Act. We also demand that all survivors of this shipwreck are released from detention immediately so they may receive the appropriate support and care,” the NGO said.
February 26, 2024 17:31 UTC
April WTI crude oil (CLJ24) this morning is up +0.78 (+1.02%), and Apr RBOB gasoline (RBJ24) is up +3.92 (+1.56%). In addition, a jump in the crude crack spread today to a 5-month high is positive for crude prices. Strength in the crude crack spread supports crude prices as the crack spread today rose to a 5-month high. A decline in Russian crude oil exports is supportive of crude oil prices. OPEC Jan crude production fell -1.59 million bpd to 26.570 million bpd, a 2-1/2 year low.
February 26, 2024 17:05 UTC
After the resumption of civil air links between Rome e Tripoli, Italy could also restart flights with Benghazi, the capital of the eastern region of Cyrenaica. Akouri expressed Libya's hope to benefit from Italian experience in agriculture, in the restoration of antiquities and in cooperation at municipal and university levels. For his part, Alberini reiterated Italy's desire to strengthen bilateral relations in all sectors and to be a friend to all Libyans. The diplomat explained that a delegation from the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (Enac) recently visited Benina International Airport to assess the conditions of the airport in view of the opening of flights from Benghazi to Rome. Finally, Alberini announced Italy's intention to expand agricultural cooperation, initially concentrated on the southern regions, to other areas of the North African country.
February 26, 2024 15:02 UTC