News Roundup - Sun, Aug 6, 2017

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News Roundup - Sun, Aug 6, 2017

August 06, 2017 - 16:00
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The local council of the city of Derna have condemned the silence of official authorities in Libya to events in Derna. From the siege and starvation tactics, to the prevention of all necessities entering the city, which is forecasting a humanitarian and environmental disaster as all of the city's ports are shut down. The statement made by the council appealed to UN envoy Ghassan Salame and all the international organizations involved with Libya to intervene immediately and fulfill their responsibilities in lifting the siege. The council described what is happening in Derna as a war crime and genocide according to the statement.

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Hilal and Itihad qualified for the finals of the Libya Handball Championship after the first win over Shurta in Friday's game in Gharyan 18-17. Itihad managed to beat Al-Ahli 23-19 in the match held on Saturday in Gharyan without an audience due to riots between the fans of the two teams on Friday. The final between Hilal and Itihad will be held this evening in the in the city of Gharyan.

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The Libyan navy's spokesman, Brigadier Ayoub Qasem, stated on Saturday that 125 illegal immigrants were rescued off the coast of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The regular patrols of Tripoli's maritime base found a dilapidated boat with illegal immigrants 12 miles north of the capital city of Tripoli; they then rescued 125 migrants, including two women and seven children, all being of Sudanese nationality.

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The head of the office of the High Council for Reconciliation in the city of Derna, Khaled Makraz, warned of an impending humanitarian disaster in his city. Makraz requested that civilians should not be used as tools for political pressure or military gains between warring factions, holding the decision makers in Libya and the United Nations Mission in Libya, represented by its envoy Ghassan Salameh responsible for what could become a humanitarian disaster. Makraz also stated that the city of Derna is experiencing a severe shortage of food and water resources, and confirmed that the High Council for reconciliation is seeking to make direct contact between the two rivalling parties in an attempt to bring opposing views closer together.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya has documented the presence of more than 240,000 internally displaced persons in the country up until August. In its monthly bulletin on its operations in Libya, the UNHCR said that it received only 23 percent of the required funding for the United Nations Development Fund. The UNHCR has reported the return of some 250,000 internally displaced persons to their cities since the beginning of the year and documented the arrival of more than 95 thousand illegal immigrants to Italy through Libya in that same period.

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The oil services company Schlumberger has returned to resume their activities in Libya according to sources at Sirte Oil and Gas Production Company. Schlumberger are currently carrying out their first contract after a cessation that lasted for more than three years. Sources also confirmed that the improved security situation and the desire by Sirte Oil and Gas Production Company to implement important foundation work were the main contributors in the return of most service companies to their sites in different fields.

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The Mayor of Central Tripoli Municipality and the Chairman of the Crisis Committee held a lengthy meeting with the management of the Tripoli General Services Company to discuss garbage collection from the streets and also certain hurdles facing the company. Although the company does not fall under the authority of the municipality, it works under the Ministry of Local Governance directly, in its allocations and management. The information office of the Municipality Council said that some of the solutions within the organization's plan, if implemented will fully contribute to the end of the crisis, especially in the period of Eid Al-Adha which is due soon.

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A cargo car collided with a Libyan Airlines plane at Burj Al Arab Airport in Alexandria, causing damage to the body of the plane. Witnesses said that as the plane was preparing to take off, the luggage carrier driver collided with the plane after unloading his cargo in the body of the aircraft, causing material damage. Witnesses also stated that the Egyptian maintenance engineers told the pilot that he could fly without problems, but the latter refused to take off until any maintenance necessary to maintain the safety of passengers was fully carried out.

 

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