News Roundup - Sat, Aug 5, 2017

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News Roundup - Sat, Aug 5, 2017

August 05, 2017 - 13:10
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee stated on Friday that they have prevented the smuggling of more than 102 million litres of fuel from the western region over the past five months. The statement which was made on the committee's official account on Facebook said the total amount of diesel fuel prevented from being smuggled since the beginning of March this year to the end of June is 102 million and 613 thousand litres.

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The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) stated that their technical teams were accompanied by patrols of the electricity police and in cooperation with the General Administration for the Protection of Electric Power to launch a campaign to disconnect illegal connections to the grid by shop owners in a number of areas in the capital Tripoli.

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The Central Bank of Libya has granted its final approval to fifty four livestock supply companies to import the Eid sacrifice with a collection fee of 100 million dollars. The subsidy should equate to 570 thousand heads of sheep, and the deadline for the arrival of shipments to Libyan ports is 20 August.

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The spokesman for the Libyan Naval Forces, Brigadier Ayoub Qasim, has stated that a unit from the Zawiyah refinery Coast Guard Sector, managed to rescue 462 illegal immigrants originating from Libyan, Moroccan, Tunisian, Algerian, Sudanese, Syrian and African countries, including women and children. The search and rescue operation took place at a distance of nine miles north of the town of Sabratha, and the migrants were traveling in rubber and wooden boats.

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Citizens demonstrated in the city of Derna on Friday, to protest against the siege imposed on the city by Dignity Operation forces. The people called on the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations to take urgent measures to lift the siege, expressing their rejection of the collective punishment policy of the Khalifa Hefter's forces. There was also a feeling of outrage at the silence of Libyans nationwide to what is happening in Derna.

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The semi-finals of the Libya handball tournament between Itihad and Ahli was suspended in Gharyan after riots between the supporters of the two teams. Riot police were forced to intervene and disengage the crowd from the stadium and the match was canceled minutes later and postponed for Saturday evening.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Libya has provided 10 emergency treatment units to Kowafe Hospital and Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi. WHO also sent basic life-saving medicines and essential intravenous fluids to respond to the city's humanitarian needs. The head of the WHO mission in Libya, Dr. Jafar Hussein, said that constraints on the health situation in Libya were increasing, and added that the provision of life-saving medicines and supplies would make a significant contribution to saving lives.

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Libyan airlines have announced that they will completely stop accepting all requests for reductions on their tickets, especially those who apply for them on the basis of medical treatment and students studying abroad. The media spokesman of the company, Saad Bukhatwa stated on Wednesday that the decision applies to everyone without exception and includes all of the company's internal and external flights starting from the first of August. Bukhatwa added that the decision was made to protect the interests of the Libyan airline company.

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The Director of the Department of Examinations at the Ministry of Education, Mohammed Arousi, has confirmed following an inspection visit by the Minister of Education Othman AbdulJalil, that scoring of exam results for the intermediate certificate for the year 2016-2017 is in its final stages and that the date for results to be revealed will be in the coming days.

 

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