Libya

Libya’s NOC: ‘We will not allow Wagner mercenaries inside our facilities’

19 Sep 2020; MEMO: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared on Friday that it will not allow Wagner mercenaries to be part of the oil industry in the country.

This came in a statement issued by NOC Chairman of the Board of Directors Mustafa Sanalla, as he objected to what he called: “Politicising the petroleum sector, and using it as a bargaining card in fruitless negotiations for political gain.”

Libya’s internationally-backed PM to step down in October

17 Sep 2020; MEMO: Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libya’s internationally-backed government based in Tripoli, yesterday announced plans to step down by the end of October, news agencies reported.

As he was delivering a speech on state TV, Al-Sarraj said that he will hand over power to a new executive authority, noting this is part of efforts being exerted to find a political solution to the country’s conflict.

Over 20 illegal immigrants drown off Libyan coast: IOM

TRIPOLI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- More than 20 illegal migrants have drowned off the Libyan coast, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday.

"IOM staff report that over 20 migrants lost their lives at sea last night, off Libya," the IOM tweeted.

"This new tragedy signals yet again the need for increased search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean," the IOM said.

UN-backed Libyan government forces use robot for explosives disposal

TRIPOLI, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The forces of the UN-backed government on Tuesday said they disposed of some explosives left by war in south of the capital Tripoli by using a robot for the first time.

"Using a robot for the first time in Libya, an amount of cluster bombs and explosives were detonated by the explosives teams of the interior ministry after collecting them from neighborhoods in southern Tripoli, which were freed from the fleeing terrorist militias of (Khalifa) Haftar (commander of the eastern-based army)," the UN-backed government forces said in a statement.

UN voices concern over excessive use of force against demonstrators in eastern Libya

TRIPOLI, Sept 14 (NNN-Xinhua) — The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern over reports of excessive use of force against demonstrators in the eastern Libyan city of al-Marj.

“UNSMIL expresses grave concern regarding reports that one civilian was killed, three were injured, and a number of other demonstrators were arrested on 12 September following the reported excessive use of force by eastern authorities against peaceful demonstrators in the city of al-Marj,” the UNSMIL said in a statement.

Protests flare in Libya's Benghazi over power cuts, living conditions

12 Sep 2020; MEMO: Scores of people protested in Benghazi on Thursday over power cuts and living conditions, witnesses said, burning tyres and blocking some roads in an unusual public show of dissent in the eastern Libyan city, Reuters reports.

Benghazi is the base of Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA), which is fighting in a civil war against the internationally recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli, in the country’s west.

UN stresses need to return to political process in Libya

TRIPOLI, Aug 30 (NNN-Xinhua) — The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) stressed the need for an inclusive return to the political process in the country.

“Libya is witnessing a dramatic turn of events that underlines the urgent need to return to a full and inclusive political process that will meet the aspirations of the Libyan people for representative government, dignity, and peace,” the UN body said in a statement.

It urged calm, the application of the rule of law and the preservation of the rights of all citizens to peacefully express their views.

UN-backed Libyan gov't names new defense minister, chief of staff following protests

TRIPOLI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The UN-backed government of Libya on Saturday appointed a new defense minister and a new chief of staff.

Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said on Monday that he would reshuffle the cabinet or appoint a crisis government, following protests in several cities in western Libya against the political, economic and security instability as well as lack of basic services.

Serraj also pledged to work on providing the basic services for the people, mainly electricity and water.

Libya: Gaddafi's tribe calls on its members to withdraw from Haftar militia

28 Aug 2020; MEMO: The Libyan tribe Qadhadhfa yesterday called on all its members to withdraw immediately from the forces of renegade General Khalifa Haftar.

This came in a statement of the Social Council of the Libyan tribe Qadhadhfa, reported by local media.

The declaration called on members of the Qadhadhfa tribe to “withdraw immediately and remove Haftar’s mercenaries from their areas in Sirte.”

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