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
UNHCR distributes emergency aid in Tripoli to assist vulnerable people during Ramadan, and as war and COVID-19 present new threats. © UNHCR/Mohamed AlalemAmidst deteriorating security conditions, as well as restrictions on movement due to COVID-19, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has provided emergency assistance to some 3,500 refugees and internally displaced Libyans during the last two weeks. Meanwhile, UNHCR is continuing to provide support to the Libyan authorities and displaced Libyans during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNHCR and partners have also provided generators, ambulances, prefab-containers and tented clinics in support of local healthcare services across the country. UNHCR also calls on the international community to come forward with further funding to meet the rising humanitarian needs as result of COVID-19.
May 15, 2020 09:12 UTC
A Marriage of ConvenienceThe marriage of convenience between Haftar and Libya’s eastern tribes began with the battle for Benghazi in 2014. These tribal forces formed a critical component of Haftar’s military machine, scourging neighborhoods and hunting down Islamist opponents. This includes Tarhouna, situated 65 km southeast of Tripoli, where more than 60 tribes come together under the umbrella of the Tarhouna tribes. GNA FailingsThat Tarhouna, along with other tribal areas in the west of Libya should have sided with Haftar is unsurprising. Indeed, these tribal areas will always have more commonality with a figure like Haftar than with a colorless body like the GNA.
May 15, 2020 07:41 UTC
But while they said many African nations had been swift to adopt containment measures, they warned that health systems could still quickly become overwhelmed. “Our model points to the scale of the problem for health systems if containment measures fail,” said the authors. The study comes amid stark warnings that COVID-19 threatens a health emergency in developing nations where fragile health systems are already struggling with an array of other chronic diseases. The researchers said they expect the virus would likely circulate within the region for longer than other countries, possibly for several years. Of the region’s large countries, South Africa, Cameroon and Algeria were also in the top ten for exposure risk.
May 15, 2020 03:00 UTC
PARIS: More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked “tragedy”. International organisations and NGOs say the situation is bleak, as all rescue operations were ceased as of last week. ‘Invisible shipwrecks’The central Mediterranean “remains the most dangerous maritime migration route on Earth,” the International Organization for Migration warned. Pending a European agreement, and in the absence of humanitarian vessels, 162 migrants are currently stranded at sea on two tourist vessels.
May 15, 2020 03:00 UTC
The Civilian Forces Movement has called on the Presidential Council, the House of Representatives, the High Council of State, and all security and military forces to forge a unified voice against any dialogue before ending the offensive against the capital and defeating the aggressors. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the movement also affirmed their rejection of the mechanisms and standards adopted by the UN mission to implement the Berlin conference outputs, stressing “there will be no dialogue with Haftar or anyone representing him". "Defeating the aggression requires arranging the internal house and organizing a round table for dialogue in order to reach decisions that would bring this war and the suffering of citizens to an end," the statement reads. The movement insists that the UN mission went beyond its role that should be assisting Libyans in their way towards finding a solution, rather than imposing specific opinions and launching paths according to its own vision. It is noteworthy that the Civilian Forces Movement consists of several political parties and NGOs in Libya.
May 14, 2020 16:52 UTC
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has confirmed that the bloc is ready to support Libya’s Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al-Sirraj. In an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica on Thursday, Stoltenberg noted that NATO has 30 partners, which on many issues have different positions, but added that Turkey remains an important ally. He also stressed that NATO is supporting the UN’s efforts for peaceful solution to conflicts both in Libya and Syria. “In Libya there is an arms embargo that needs to be respected by all sides,” the NATO Chief said. “For this reason, NATO is ready to give its support to the government of Tripoli," he said, referring to the Tripoli-based GNA.
May 14, 2020 16:18 UTC
Khalifa Haftar's forces have targeted Tripoli Central Hospital on Al-Zawiya Street in downtown the capital, leaving the residents, staffers and patients in total panic in the early hours of Thursday. According to the Health Ministry under the command of the Government of National Accord, the indiscriminate shelling by Haftar's forces wounded at least 14 civilians and damaged houses and properties on Tariq Al-Soor and other targeted neighborhoods in Tripoli. The Health Ministry also said that two or three sections of the Tripoli Central Hospital had been hit by the indiscriminate rockets, saying such attacks could lead to the shutdown of the hospital. The spokesman for the Libyan Army under the command of GNA, Mohammed Gununu, said earlier that Libyan Air Force warplanes had carried out over nine airstrikes on Al-Watiya airbase, targeting Khalifa Haftar's forces, military vehicles and positions. Gununu also said that the Libyan Air Force had been carrying out reconnaissance missions over the central and western regions to depict movements of Haftar's forces and their supply lines.
May 14, 2020 15:45 UTC
More indiscriminate bombing of Tripoli civilian sites and hospitals injuring 14 civilians: Tripoli Health MinistryBy Sami Zaptia. London, 14 May 2020:Libya’s internationally recognized government’s Ministry of Health strongly condemn today’s dawn bombing and targeting of medical facilities, which it reminded were contrary to all international conventions and laws. It reported that the shelling of residential neighbourhoods opposite the hospital, in Sidi Khalifa and Zawia street and Soor street, injured 14 civilians, including women and children. The Dermatology and Communicable Diseases departments of Tripoli Central Hospital (Zawia Street hospital) along with several other adjacent health sections were also hit causing ‘‘severe’’ damage, it added. The bombing caused panic amongst medical staff and terrorized civilians the ministry said.
May 14, 2020 13:07 UTC
Thank you for your reading and interest in the news Coronavirus: Seven UN agencies urge Libyan ceasefire to contain outbreak and now with detailsHind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Seven UN agencies on Wednesday called for a ceasefire in Libya to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The leaders backed the call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire to tackle the pandemic. The UN has called for a ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic. The signatories to the statement included UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, refugee head Filippo Grandi and World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The others were Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore, UN Population Fund executive director Natalia Kanem, World Food Programme executive director David Beasley, and International Organisation for Migration director general Antonio Vitorino.
May 14, 2020 01:33 UTC
Possible Military VictoryAn important aspect of the civil war in Libya is its duration as the conflict approaches six years. Karl R. DeRouen Jr. and David Sobek argue “the duration of the civil war has two interesting effects on its outcome. regime military victory, rebel military victory, inclusionary negotiated settlement, and exclusionary negotiated settlement), the least successful appears to be an exclusionary negotiated settlement. The Syrian Civil WarThe Syrian civil war was initiated in 2011 by pro-democracy protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Possible Negotiated SettlementIt is highly unlikely that the civil war in Syria will end with a politically inclusive negotiated settlement.
May 13, 2020 15:33 UTC
Tunisian Prime Minister, Elyes Fakhfakh reaffirmed Tunisia's attachment to international legitimacy and a Libyan-Libyan solution, vowing that his government will take a more active role in pushing towards a Libyan dialogue to achieve stability in "the brotherly and neighbouring country". Speaking to France 24, Fakhfakh reiterated that Tunisia rejects any attempt to partition Libya and called for an end to all foreign and military interference. He indicated that Tunisia is the country most affected by the situation in Libya, pledging that the Libyan file will be one of his government's high priorities in the forthcoming period.
May 13, 2020 10:30 UTC
How Europe uses COVID-19 to reinforce a hostile environment in the MediterraneanMaurice Stierl | In the past, politicians claimed NGO rescuers encouraged migrants to make the journey across the Mediterranean. But migrant departures are continuing despite the current absence of NGOs at sea due to the coronavirus crisis
May 13, 2020 10:30 UTC