Six years since the Tawarghas were displaced from their hometown by Misratah militia forces in August 2011, the community of about 40,000 people are still unable to return safely to their homes, Amnesty International said today. Two months ago, in June 2017, a political agreement was signed paving the way for their return. However, the terms of the deal not been implemented and some of those who have attempted to make the journey home since have faced threats and intimidation. The agreement also fails to ensure access to justice and reparations for the horrendous abuses Tawarghas have endured in recent years. “The failure to hold anyone accountable for the catalogue of abuses the Tawargha have suffered since they were displaced demonstrates the catastrophic consequences of years of lawlessness in Libya, where militias have committed gross human rights abuses with complete impunity,” said Heba Morayef, North Africa Research Director at Amnesty International.
Europe has been warned ISIS terrorists will slip unchecked into the continent unless Western powers do more to stop them. The prime minister of Libya said the EU will be accountable if jihadis are able to 'move freely' through Europe and stage attacks. It is understood the country is putting together a five-point plan to present to Brussels to 'solve the crisis' and police its borders. The warning comes after attacks in Barcelona and Finland last week. Fourteen people died in the Catalan city after a van ploughed into tourists in La Ramblas while another was killed in nearby Cambrils when a group of people were run down by an Audi driven by armed jihadis.
A former prime minister of Libya has been released after being held for a week by an armed group linked to the country’s UN-backed government, sources said. Ali Zeidan, 61, had not been seen since the evening of August 13 as he was detained by armed men in at a Tripoli hotel. Mr Zeidan, a diplomat turned human rights lawyer, lived in exile in Geneva for three decades before returning to Libya after the overthrow of Muammar Gadaffi’s regime in 2011. He served as prime minister in October 2012 but was forced out over his government’s failure to prevent a North Korean-flagged oil tanker loading oil from a rebel-controlled terminal two years later. Relatives of Mr Zeidan told the Telegraph that he arrived in the capital at the invitation of Fayez-al-Serraj, the current prime minister, on August 11.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns of oversupply as Libyan output improves and as U.S. gasoline inventories rose despite the peak summer driving season. Brent crude futures , the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $51.65 per barrel at 0655 GMT, down 22 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $47.65 a barrel, down 18 cents, or 0.4 percent. Libya's Sharara oil field, the country's largest, was gradually restarting on Tuesday after a shutdown, although instability in the country means that output there could be volatile, traders said.
After being absent from the divided Libyan political landscape for months, Moscow again made headlines by hosting Gen. Khalifa Hifter for a three-day visit earlier this month, meeting with the foreign and defense ministers, his usual Russian interlocutors. Once again, the general’s visit had experts debating exactly what role Russia plays in mentoring Hifter and whether Russia really sees him as its “point-man” in Libya. The focus of Hifter’s visit resembled that of his previous trips to the Russian capital, touching on the security situation in Libya. The general reiterated his request for Russian military aid to his Libyan National Army, despite countless previous rejections. His request remains unfulfilled. Speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Hifter expressed the hope that Russia would become involved in the process of national reconciliation in Libya. All in all, it would have been a routine visit, absent any remarkable developments, had it not been for the context in which the trip took place.
The inhabitants of Suluq town have been suffering from the continued flow of sewage water on the streets for many years, especially in the center of the city known as the " the market centre" where residents find themselves subjected to unpleasant smells and mosquito bites. Speaking to Libyan News Agency (LANA) of the eastern government, Attiya Belaazi, a resident of the own, said the health of the citizens and their usurped rights have been in vain, where residents became familiar with the scene of sewage water in the streets and in front of their homes, creating ponds and marshes that have become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects. As the flow of sewage from the sewers continues to rise, houses in the area are surrounded by black pools, making it difficult for locals to reach their homes without being polluted. Belaazi said "the increase of this problem foreshadows a health and environmental catastrophe, not to mention the psychological damage caused by the black lakes and bad odors".
More than 80 army officers across the county met in Misrata on Monday to push for unification of Libyan National Army. Under the theme “the National Military Initiative to Unify the Libyan National Army”, the officers discussed the possible ways to establish an army that represents all Libya, demanding the Presidential Council to assume its responsibility by appointing a chief of staff for the Libyan National Army.
Former Prime Minister Ali Zidan was released on Tuesday after 9 days of detention in Tripoli. Zidan was arrested on August 14 by an armed brigade loyal to the UN-installed Presidential Council at Victoria Hotel in Dahra district “on the basis of an old arrest warrant issued by the Office of the Attorney General”. No further details were given, but his family confirmed that he is safe and well. On Monday, the head of Presidential Council, Fayaz Sirraj, promised to work for his release during his meeting with a tribal delegation from the south, Ali Zidan's place of origin.
The car of the controller of Gharyan Education Office has been targeted with a shower of bullets, local sources reported. Omer Shingaro was in his office in the mountain city of Gharyan, western Libya, on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at his car and escaped. Security forces set up a probe into the shooting incident, which some sources regarded as a threat to Shingaro.
Derna Local Council and civil society institutions have reiterated their call to state officials and all local and international human rights organizations to intervene and save their besieged city. The council said in a statement that the siege of the city imposed by Dignity Operation militants is still in force despite their announcement of partial lifting of the blockade. “Dignity Operation forces are still banning access of food, fuel and medical supplies to the city”, read the statement.
Minister of Education, Ottoman Abdul-Jalil, has declared that his ministry had taken serious steps to renovate more than 62 schools in war-torn Sirte. According to the ministry’s website, Abdul-Jalil confirmed during his recent visit to Sirte that construction companies have already received orders to start renovation works. “We might set up makeshift temporary classrooms to allow students start their school year on time”, the minister said.
The Libyan government’s restriction on foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating off the coast of the country can be extremely dangerous and it can put thousands of lives at risk, Stefano Argenziano, manager of Migration Operations for Médecins Sans Frontières told Sputnik. “Save the Children” aid group has halted its naval rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea due to security risks posed by the Libyan government. The Sea Eye and Doctors Without Borders also announced that they had suspended their work in the area following alleged threats by the Libyan coastguard.