News Roundup - Sat, May 20, 2017

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News Roundup - Sat, May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017 - 15:13
Written by: HousamNajjair

The High Council of State (HCS) rejected in a statement on Saturday the double standards policy used by the UN-proposed government's Presidential Council (PC), which has taken actions against the defense minister, Mahdi Al-Barghathi, before waiting for the end of investigations into the Brak Al-Shati incident.

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The European Union will host a meeting of the EU, the United Nations, the African Union and the League of Arab States (Libya Quartet) in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss a peaceful solution to Libya's predicament, according to a statement by the EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini.

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The Third Force Commander, Jamal Al-Treki, said Friday that his dismissal by the Presidency Council (PC) was unfair, accusing it of failure to provide support for his force, which has been protecting the southern region for three years.

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The UN-proposed government's Presidential Council (PC) issued a statement Friday suspending the defense minister-designate, Mahdi Al-Barghathi, following the attack on Brak Al-Shati base in southern Libya by the Third Force and fighters loyal to the defense ministry.

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102 illegal immigrants were rescued by coast guard patrol from a large wooden boat in the western sector of the Zawiya refinery on Saturday. Sources said that fifteen women and five children were among those rescued. All migrants were of sub-Saharan African nationality except for one man from Morocco and three from Pakistan. The boat was directed to the refinery port where the coast guard holding point is and after humanitarian assistance was provided the migrants were handed over to the Anti-Immigration Agency in Zawiya.

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The administration of the Man-Made River system announced that the flow of water to the capital has risen to 430 thousand cubic meters per day after falling last Thursday and Friday due to two successive land tremors at the source water wells. These tremors caused reduced quantities of production at the source but they predict that water rates will return to normal by Saturday according to their official Facebook page.

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Libyan player Yusef Al-Hasadi won the first place and gold medal for the second consecutive year in the second international "Al-Khayari" Chess Championship, held in Marsa Matruh, Egypt. Al-Hasadi was able to take the championship after defeating the previous Arab champion Yusef Yashin. Al-Hasadi has played for the Darens Club in Derna since he was twelve years old.

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Al-Zintan Municipality Council announced its intention to establish a fish farm project within its borders to diversify its resources and create new job opportunities. The Municipality's Information Office on Facebook reported that the Mayor of Zintan and the Agriculture Office of Zintan are discussing with a group of experts issues such as hydroponics and how to successfully farm pond fish to strengthen the economy, provide additional resources and create jobs within the project area.

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Khairi al-Hamisi, head of the Supreme Council of the Amazigh in Libya has announced that he no longer has any direct relationship with the presidency of the council since submitting his resignation from the post.

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The State Property Department (SPD) has reassured citizens that there was no damage to any files, administrative documents or personal files after a fire broke out at their headquarters in Tripoli on Friday. The fire, which was started at the back of the building near the power generator, caused minor material damage, the SPD confirmed, adding that the cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Local media said that members of the 704 Brigade, which is dubbed the “Coast Road security” in Khoms, detained 15 trucks originating from Tripoli on their way to Misrata, carrying 180 tons of liquid fuel, used for surface-to-air missiles. It is thought that the fuel was on its way there to be smuggled abroad. The 704 officer Yusef Al-Swehli stated that Military Police and the Misrata Military Intelligence examined the hazardous, toxic substances upon arrival.