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Red Crescent: Bodies continue to be found in Benghazi landfills without investigations

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The Red Crescent of Benghazi said that bodies are still being found in landfills, adding that those bodies were for people killed in gunshots while their hands tied and they had clear torture marks on them.The Red Crescent in Benghazi told the Tripoli branch in a letter in late August that no investigation was allowed into the issue. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant of the notorious senior commander of Al-Saiqa Force of Dignity Operation, Mahmoud Al-Werfalli, over war crimes he committed in and around Benghazi.The ICC clarified that Al-Werfalli has been accused of personally shooting or ordering the execution of people who were either civilians or injured fighters in at least seven incidents in 2016 and 2017, saying he is responsible for the killing of 33 persons.

Aid group calls on Libya to end detention of refugees

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Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF, said in a statement Friday that medical conditions in detention centers in Tripoli, where the United Nations-backed government is based, are either caused or aggravated by ‘squalid detention conditions and ill treatment. The European Union earmarked tens of millions of euros to improve conditions for migrants inside Libyan detention centers. But the group says international funding to Libya is not the solution.

IS terrorists seize areas on the road to their old stronghold, Sirte

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Terrorists from the Islamic State (IS) controlled Saturday evening the district of Wadi Al-Hamar – 90 km away from Sirte – and according to eyewitnesses, they set up checkpoints and kidnapped at least three people.The member of the House of Representatives (HoR) Amer Nasser, confirmed that IS militants had seized the district near Sirte. Meanwhile, Haftar’s forces have been besieging Al-Noufiliya area for two days and have kidnapped a number of men from there.Al-Noufiliya is an area so close to the Wadi Al-Hamar district, where IS militants made their fresh return. Dignity Operation sources said there is clear mobilization of forces in the aim to have control on the area from Ras Lanuf to Al-Arbaeen town in eastern Sirte, where IS militants are building up their return, according to Afrigate news website on Sunday.

LNA in fresh clashes east of Sirte

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Units of the Libyan National Army (LNA) clashed yesterday with an armed group some 90 kilometres east of Sirte, near Harawa. Air force jets were brought in to attack the force and claim to have destroyed three vehicles and killed a number of fighters. According to one LNA source, the clashes involved fighters from the so-called Islamic State (IS).Both the LNA and the rival Bunyan Marsous operations room says that IS is increasingly active in the area again.According to another LNA report, however, the group involved in yesterday’s fighting belonged to the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB).In fact, the LNA now regularly conflates the BDB and IS. However, although separate, there are suggestions that they collaborate and overlap.

 

BRSC spokesman Mohamed Bakr arrested in Misrata

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Sources in Misrata have confirmed the arrest of the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shura Council (BRSC) spokesman, Mohamed Bakr, known as The Bee (Al-Nahla). He is being interrogated by the city’s counter crime agency, they said. The BRSC and its offshoot the Benghazi Defence Brigades, which consists of mainly BRSC members who had managed to flee Libya’s second city and regroup in Tripoli, had previously been allied to Misratan forces and were operating out of Jufra airbase. Prior to his arrest, Bakr was last seen in Jufra with a number of Chadian fighters said to be collaborating both with the BDB and the so-called Islamic State. According to the sources in Misrata, a number of other BRSC and BDB members have also been arrest.

 

Serraj appoints military chief of staff

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The Presidency Council (PC) has finally appointed a chief of staff to head the Libyan army: Major-General Abdulrahman Al-Tawil. Appointed head of the Temporary Security Committee in January last year, he has in effect been chief of staff ever since. There is, however, no coherent, structured or united Libyan army or airforce as yet for him to head. The Libyan navy is the only section of the armed forces that can be said to be operating under the PC’s command.

 

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