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Libya needs to lift ban on arms for better coastguards’ performance, Al-Sirraj tells EU officials

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The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, has received in Tripoli Tuesday the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Libya, Bettina Muscheidt, the Commander of EU Operation Sophia, Admiral Credendino, and the defense advisor for the Delegation of the European Union to Libya, in the presence of the Coast Guard Commander Abdelhamid Tumiya, and the head of the general directorate of the coast security Colonel Tariq Shanbour, as well as other officials. They all discussed counter-illegal immigration efforts, including the training of Libyan coastguards and border guards to fight away the human trafficking networks and gangs, in addition to the cooperation in information sharing. Al-Sirraj reiterated in the meeting the need for lifting the ban on arming the coastguards in order to help them fight the human trafficking gangs, adding that he looked forward to having essential and vital counter-fuel smuggling efforts as his request was answered with appointing Operation Sophia for that task.

 

Tripoli clashes between Tajouri forces and Nawasi brigade leave three dead

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Three people, including a civilian, were killed in fighting last night in Tripoli’s Gurji district, west of the city centre, between the powerful Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade of Haithem Tajouri and the Nawasi Brigade. The clashes occurred late last night after Tajouri sent in forces to Gurji’s Massara area to clear it of a Nawasi unit consiting of an extended local family, the Alwad Radiah, said to be in control of it. Tajouri’s forces are reported to have succeeded. As well as the civilian killed in the fighting, one on the leaders of the Alwad Radiah was also reported killed. The third person was unidentified.The fighting was triggered by a move earlier in the evening by Nawasi to take over Tajouri’s headquarters on the corniche (Shara Al-Shatt), just opposite the TV station next to the foreign ministry buildings. There was no serious fighting, just shooting in the air, but Tajouri called in reinforcements and the corniche east of the Mahari Radisson Blu hotel was closed off. His forces were then dispatched to Gurji.

Zawia refinery reported operating normally again after attack by militia

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Zawia refinery and its pumping station were said to be back to normal after an attack yesterday by an armed Group. According to the National Oil Corporation, the group forced their way into the refinery’s pumping control early yesterday afternoon and compelled staff to stop pumping fuel through the pipeline to the Tripoli oil depot. Imposing a siege on the refinery, they also prevented trucks taking fuel to the capital.Both diesel and petrol supplies were affected.Warning that the action would result in fuel shortages in both Tripoli and the Jebel Nafusa, the NOC later said that as an emergency measure it would be diverting tankers importing fuel to Tripoli port rather than Zawia.It also warned that it was planning legal action against those responsible and called for national solidarity against them.This afternoon, however, it was reported that following negotiations the siege had been lifted and that the situation was back to normal.

 

Several illegal migrants shelter centers shut down in Libya

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The Head of the Illegal Immigration Fight Center, Mohammed Besher, ordered Tuesday the shutdown of several migrants shelter centers in Tripoli, Sorman, Al-Khums, and Al-Gala. The order says the centers will be shut down because they are located in residential areas that are not prepared to host such centers, which have been built randomly and at odds with human rights conditions.According to the order, most of the closed shelter centers don’t comply with the legal standards of such buildings and are not built for this purpose – illegal immigration shelter centers, adding that they are owned by persons as farms and big stores, not special buildings for the ministry of the interior.Doctors Without Borders urged last Friday Libya to end the arbitrary arrests of illegal migrants and asylum seekers.

Kuwait denies PC statement that its embassy in Tripoli will reopen

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Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister Khalid Al-Jarallah has refuted a report from the Presidency Council (PC) that Kuwait is planning to reopen its embassy in Tripoli. Three days ago, in a statement about talks between PC head Faiez Serraj and visiting Kuwaiti ambassador Mubarak Al-Adwani on Thursday, the Presidency Council said on its Facebook page that the ambassador had “praised” the security situation in the capital and said that the embassy would be reopening. Responding to it, Jarallah told the local Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida that no date had been set to reopen the embassy and that the reason Adwani had gone to Tripoli was to inspect the embassy buildings and check up on the situation in the city.In his meeting with Serraj, Jarallah added, the ambassador had simply discussed the situation in Libya.

Tripoli: French Foreign Minister pressures Libyan conflicting parties to support Paris

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The Libyan Foreign Minister of the UN-proposed government, Mohammed Sayala, held a joint conference with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Monday in Tripoli.The French FM reiterated his country’s support for finding a peaceful solution by contacting with all the Libyan conflicting parties.”France is one of the first countries to urge for stability in Libya and that was included in the Paris joint declaration that said the Libyan crisis must end by amending the political agreement and then holding elections in the country” he added. Also, in Tripoli, Le Drian met with the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, who discussed practical support for the Libyan Coast Guard and Presidential Guard.Al-Sirraj welcomed the French FM’s proposal to hold a French-Libyan economic forum in Tripoli before the end of 2017 and he welcomed that announcement of providing one million euros by France to the Stability Fund of the UN to support service projects in Libya.

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.

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