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May 17, 2020 14:48 UTC
Libyan Airlines is to operate a flight next Monday, to the Czech Republic and another to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday to bring back the Libyans stranded abroad in these countries. On its daily update on Facebook, the Libyan Airlines confirmed that it had conducted two flights yesterday, one to Tunisia and another to Turkey as part of its operation to bring back stranded Libyans back home. Another two flights are also expected to land in Misurata Airport later today, carrying passengers from Berlin. The route of the emergency flights operated to bring back Libyans abroad was changed from Mitiga Airport to Misurata, due to the continuous attacks by Haftar's militias on the airport, where several civilian aircraft were severely damaged, including A320 plane that was hit while preparing to take off to Madrid to bring back those stranded in Spain.
May 17, 2020 13:18 UTC
By | Published: 4:30 pmCairo: Bombs hit a shelter for displaced people in Libya’s capital Tripoli, killing at least seven people including a 5-year-old child from Bangladesh, health authorities said on Sunday. A fire broke out in parts of the shelter housing people displaced by previous clashes in Tripoli, Merset said. The Tripoli-allied militias are aided by Turkey, which deployed troops and mercenaries to help shore up their allies earlier this year, as well as by Italy and Qatar. The Tripoli-allied militias claimed they destroyed a Russian-made anti-aircraft system, a claim dismissed by the LAAF. The Tripoli fighting has threatened to push Libya into a major conflagration on the scale of the 2011 civil war.
May 17, 2020 10:07 UTC
Smoke fumes rise above buildings in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, during shelling on May 9, 2020. (AFP Photo)CAIRO – 16 May 2020: Turkey has announced it intents to begin oil and gas exploration in an unspecified area off Libya’s coast, exposing Erdogan’s real intentions behind an illegal intervention in the country through terrorists and mercenaries.State-run oil firm Turkish Petroleum has submitted an application to the Tripoli government to start drilling in parts of the Eastern Mediterranean, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on Thursday.“Exploration will begin as soon as the process is completed,” he was quoted as saying.According to experts, Ankara, which is facing serious economic pressure, is trying to assert control over natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, taking advantage of the current coronavirus pandemic and countries’ preoccupation with fighting it.Experts further added that Ankara is also seeking to use its influence over the Sarraj government to expand the scope of its drilling activities in the Mediterranean.For their part, foreign ministers of the UAE, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and France called on Turkey to “fully respect the sovereignty and the sovereign rights of all states in their maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean.”The ministers condemned “the illegal Turkish moves” in the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus, which they said represent “a violation of international law according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”In earlier remarks, Leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar has vowed to defeat militias and put a stop to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans in the country.LNA spokesman Major General Ahmed al-Mismari has announced that the Army will not stop until liberating Tripoli and defeating extremists, criminal militias, mercenaries, foreign fighters, and Turkish invaders.He also warned foreign troops that they are running low on time and the army will not stop until Erdogan’s devious scheme is terminated.
May 16, 2020 16:18 UTC
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mavlut Cavusoglu has stressed the need for stopping Khalifa Haftar and his supporters from attacking civilians in the coming period of time, urging NATO to play an important role in this phase. Cavusoglu told reporters on Friday that Haftar and his supporters had become more violent and hostile as they continued their attacks on civilians following their losses on the ground. Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Minister reiterated that the Government of National Accord had been achieving military victories and advancing on more positions on the ground, while Haftar was carrying out retaliatory attacks on civilians. "Turkey believes that only political solutions can end the Libyan conflict and is working to achieve a ceasefire in the country." Cavusoglu added.
May 16, 2020 15:22 UTC
Turkey’s intervention in Libya promises to prevent further losses by the Brotherhood in the region. The Brotherhood-backed Justice and Construction Party in Libya, whose name closely resembles that of Erdogan’s own Islamist Justice and Development Party, maintains a strong position within the Government of National Accord. Under the “shore to shore” accord, Turkey and the Government of National Accord have delimited a large swath of the eastern Mediterranean as their exclusive economic zones. The demarcation agreement with the Government of National Accord also strengthens Erdogan’s hand against domestic critics who have criticized Turkey’s military engagement in Libya. It has, however, thrown in its lot with the Government of National Accord for reasons that have more to do with its own interests than Libya’s.
May 15, 2020 22:18 UTC
Thank you for your reading and interest in the news EU mission launches French and Greek vessels to enforce Libya embargo and now with detailsHind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The Greek frigate Hydra is to join two French vessels in patrols as part of the EU’s Operation Irini, the bloc’s naval mission aimed at enforcing Libya’s long-flouted arms embargo. The EU’s naval mission, which became operational at the end of March and was agreed to in February, to enforce the 2011 UN’s weapons embargo on Libya. A full launch of the EU mission has been prevented by disagreements among EU members and delays. Italy, the EU member leading the naval mission, is still considering its own contribution. Among the assets secured for Operation Irini is a German P3C-Orion patrol aircraft as well as personnel staff.
May 15, 2020 19:18 UTC
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo reiterated Malta's call for more EU support and aid to reach Libya during a Foreign Affairs Council meeting, with a particular focus on healthcare and COVID-19 medical supplies. Operation Irini, the EU naval mission tasked to enforce an arms embargo in Libya, was launched months ago, however Malta announced it would withdraw participation. Minister Bartolo detailed how the last two nights have been very difficult for Libya, which has become a veritable humanitarian crisis on our doorstep. "My appeal for funding to assist Libya through the United Nations, as voiced at our last Foreign Affairs Council Meeting, is even more relevant today than last month, and the needs are much more acute. Minister Bartolo underlined that the EU needs to talk more to our partners in the Middle East, not about them.
May 15, 2020 18:22 UTC
A poster from the Fascist era advertising the Tripoli Grand Prix in Italian Libya on March 7, 1933 -Year eleven of the Fascist dictatorship. And Italy was the colonialpower in Eritrea and Libya. Fascist Italy then merged the three regions and annexed them as Africa Senttentrionale Italiana, or ASI. Italo Balbo – Fascist Governor of Italian Libya and was considered Mussolini’s heir apparent. In 1940 the Libyan Italians were nearly 110,000, or 12% of the total population of Libya.
May 15, 2020 17:14 UTC
FILE: The video also affirmed the sending of mercenaries to Libya, through coordination with terrorist groups and organizations. CAIRO – 15 May 2020: The Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights has prepared a report that affirms Turkey’s insistence on interfering in the internal affairs of Libya.The report added that Turkey has dispatched the dangerous terrorist and military official of the Libyan fighting group loyal to al-Qaeda Khaled al-Sharif to oversee military operations in the capital, Tripoli, and implement Erdogan's plans in Libya.The report indicated that al-Sharif, AKA Abu Hazim al-Libi, has recently returned to the capital Tripoli from Turkey and entered through Misurata Airport, through Turkish planning.The foundation has also prepared a video report that reveals Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s and Erdogan’s destructive role in the region.The video also affirmed the sending of mercenaries to Libya, through coordination with terrorist groups and organizations.The Russian Federal Agency confirmed that Ankara sent terrorists to Libya, adding that both Erdogan and Tamim have intensified their efforts recently to spread terrorism in Libya, via supporting Al-Wefaq forces with money and weapons, leading to the further suffering of Libyans, according to the report.Moreover, Maat pointed out that the weapons sent by Turkey to Libya were purchased with Qatari money, and the process of transferring fighters from Syria to Libya was carried out via the Turkish security company ‘SADAT’.In addition to the financial support provided by Tamim to Erdogan in order to carry out his operations in Tripoli.The report also pointed out that the Qatari funding has become clear in both Syria and Libya, stressing that Qatar and Turkey play a major role in all countries that suffer from chaos, especially Libya, which is still suffering from the continued support of Tamim and Erdogan to fighters in Tripoli.Earlier, UN sources told Sky News Arabia that 3,000 Syrian militants have been deployed in the areas of Al-Wefaq government led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, in western Libya.
May 15, 2020 15:45 UTC
On Wednesday, four senior World Health Organisation officials were expelled, with unnamed government officials citing “interference” in the country’s management of the pandemic. This year, the annual meeting of the members of the World Health Organisation will tackle a “de minimis” agenda: COVID-19 and not much else. Women and girls, and COVID-19 fundingExperts and researchers say it’s time to put more money towards women and girls in the COVID-19 response. Over half is owed by the United States, according to a report released this month. Under UN rules, the United States is obliged to pay about 27 percent of peacekeeping costs and 22 percent of the regular budget.
May 15, 2020 15:33 UTC
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here on Friday summoned former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Yousaf Raza Gilani and former president Asif Ali Zardari on May 29 in the Toshakhana (national depository) case for retaining vehicles received as gifts from foreign leaders. According to NAB, Zardari had only paid 15 per cent of the total cost of the cars through fake accounts. NAB further said that Nawaz was not holding any public office in 2008 but was given a vehicle without any justification. “Abdul Ghani Majeed paid for the vehicles through fake accounts whereas Anwar Majeed made more than 20 million illegal transactions using Ansari Sugar Mills accounts,” NAB added. Former president Asif Zardari is alleged to have set a record within a year of assuming office by taking one-third of all expensive gifts presented to all former presidents and prime ministers.
May 15, 2020 15:11 UTC
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a reliable source said that Dagalo, known as Hemedti, promised to meet the UAE request despite internal opposition, after threats from the UAE rulers to cut off financial aid. Hemedti has already started sending his fighters to Libya via Eritrea to avoid direct confrontation with opposition officers. The source cited Sudanese army officers as saying that Hemedti is losing control over the deployed fighters in Libya after many of them have died. Hundreds of RSF fighters have been already deployed in Sirte to join fighting in Abu Grein frontline. RSF fighters have been also deployed in the oil crescent region to protect oil terminals while hundreds others were deployed in southern Tripoli fronts.
May 15, 2020 14:03 UTC
Captain Morgan’s Atlantis has replaced the Bahari in holding migrants being kept offshore just outside territorial waters. Industry sources told MaltaToday the Atlantis is better equipped to house migrants, due to its larger size and onboard resources. On 7 May, a second boat operated by Captain Morgan, the Bahari, was dispatched to house a further 105 migrants rescued by the AFM. READ ALSO: Malta rescues 123 migrants, to be transferred to second Captain Morgan vesselThe ships are costing the government €3,000 each per day. It is understood that the European Commission has asked for the names, sex, date of birth and country of origin of the offshore migrants.
May 15, 2020 12:56 UTC
Young Libya entrepreneurs’ online educational App thrives during COVID-19 pandemicBy UNDP Libya. In TEC, entrepreneurs can join various programs including business incubators, joint workspaces, Business and Technology trainings, and access to startup funding across all regions of Libya. With this support, the App “School Connect” became “Panda” and nowadays counts nearly 10 thousand students and parents of 30 schools registered. Mr. Mustafa Belhassan, Head of one school in Libya, was however one of the first supporters of Panda. Entering the World of Entrepreneurship: Great Challenges AheadThe idea of an electronic application is new to the educational system in Libya.
May 15, 2020 10:52 UTC