News Roundup - Thu, Aug 10, 2017

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News Roundup - Thu, Aug 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 - 15:22
Written by: HousamNajjair

The High Council for Reconciliation called on State officials and the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh to work on lifting the siege on the people of Derna to ensure that all important supplies are accessible by the people of the city. The Council considered in its statement on Wednesday that responding to the distress call in Derna is an obligation that cannot be delayed by all Libyan citizens and by all humanitarian and moral values.

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The Tripoli Municipal Guard and the Municipal Security Coordination Office launched a campaign to reveal the state of health licensing procedures for cafés and restaurants operating on the Corniche area of Tripoli. The teams identified several violations resulting in several shops being closed, and some unauthorized kiosks being removed.

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The Libyan army celebrated the seventy-seventh anniversary of its founding on Wednesday. The speakers stressed the importance of rebuilding the military institution and activating its role and unification on all Libyan soil. The Deputy of the Minister of Defense stressed that the members of the Libyan army have a fraternal relationship, and that the military should be kept far from the political turmoil affecting the country, as he put it.

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The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee assured Tripoli residents of the availability of 68 million liters of fuel at the Berea Oil and Marketing storage tanks. The committee also called on citizens to ignore the rumors of fabricating a fuel crisis in the capital, noting that there is no need to cause long queues at gas stations.

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The Minister of Health of the UN proposed government Omar Tahir held discussions with the chairman and members of the Advisory Committee for Treatment on the best ways to deal with cases involving treatment that requires travel abroad. The Ministry of Health through their official Facebook account said that the Minister discussed with the Committee on ways of how to authenticate that there is no treatment locally and which cases that called for travel for treatment outside Libya.

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced that the total number of rescued illegal immigrants off the coast of Libya in 2017 amounted to 12,420 immigrants. The organization said on its Facebook account that the total amount rescued in Libyan territorial waters within just two weeks was 1298 immigrants.

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Gunmen loyal to Khalifa Hefter fired at residents of the city of Derna as they gathered on the road leading to Martouba, east of the city to enter for refueling and shopping for necessities following the announcement of the opening of the eastern road. Witnesses said that dozens of cars had parked for hours in front of what is known as the Anti Terror Branch of Hefter's army preventing citizens from entering the area. The forces of Hefter announced on Tuesday that the eastern road known as the Martouba road was open to citizens, after the closure of all land crossings 8 days ago. Civil society organizations in the city of Derna described this announcement by media as fraudulent and that the citizens of Derna are still suffering.

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The Customs of the International Airport of Matiga thwarted an attempt to smuggle ammunition for 9 mm firearms hidden inside boxes of clothing coming from Turkey through a local freight company on Wednesday. The Special Deterrent Force in Tripoli stated that customs officials at the airport inspected the goods at the electronic scanners and found an estimated 1000 pistol magazines. All those involved are under investigation in this case for bringing this shipment.

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The head of the European Union mission to Libya Bettina muscheidt said during a meeting with the government's foreign minister, Mohamed Sayala, on Wednesday that she has noticed an improvement in the level of security and stability in the areas she visited in the capital Tripoli and Janzour. The European envoy confirmed that the next period will see the resumption of work in a number of projects in the framework of bilateral cooperation between Libya and the European Union including the holding of more workshops that highlight a number of cooperation projects in the fields of banking, information and development.

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