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Western countries urge Libyan factions to end strife at oil terminals

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The conflict in the oil croissant continue. Since last week, a series of attacks had been executed on the Oil ports of Esramri e Ras-Lanuf. The fights are opposing LNA (Liberation National Army) and BDB (Benghazi Defence Brigade). The envoys from US, UK and France, which had expressed their voluntees to stop the conflict soon few days ago, have precised their wishes. They want the reconognization of the authority of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, and revenues must be channelled to the UN-backed Government of National Accord. But this seems difficult in the political context. Since Tuesday the oil terminals was handed  over to the president of National Council in Tripoli from BDB.


Human Rights Solidarity blames Libyan authorities for prison abuse against women

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Human Rights Solidarity (HRS) has urged for ending the ongoing violations and abuse against women and for the immediate release of hundreds of women, whom it said are being tortured under arbitrary imprisonment in several Libyan prisons. In a statement celebrating the International Women’s Day, the HRS confirmed Wednesday that the report of the UN Human Rights Organization said there are women locked in Mitiga in Tripoli, Garnada in eastern Al-Bayda, Al-Kuwaifiya in Benghazi, and Al-Jawiya and Tamina in Misrata. “200 women and 100 children are locked up in Mitiga prison in Tripoli in dire conditions with male jail guards.” HRS cited the UN report. The HRS organization urged the Presidential Council to transfer the women prisoner’s to jails that are actually under the authority of justice ministry and judicial police, passing it to send their files to the Public Prosecutor or set them free unconditionally, especially that the Special Deterrent Force was confirmed to have links to the PC. “Sexual abuse and other physical and verbal abuses were included in the UN report about women prisoners in Libya as well as female immigrants at the shelter centers that are run by militias in the name of the Libyan government”, HRS added.

Three wounded in al-Beddawi camp armed clash

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Three people were wounded Wednesday when a personal dispute escalated into an armed clash at the al-Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon, state-run National News Agency reported. The wounded were transferred to hospitals in Tripoli for treatment as the camp’s joint security committees were trying to contain the situation, NNA said. “A state of anxiety and tension is engulfing the camp”, the agency added, noting that the leaders of the Palestinian factions were holding a meeting at the headquarters of the Popular Committee.

Libyan Parliament has broke the negotiation for a united Libya after the attacks of the oil croissant, and the opposition to the Haftar regime

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According to the French newspaper, Libyan Parliament seating in Tobrouk (East Libye) has broke the negotiation for a united Libya after the attacks of the oil croissant, and the opposition to the Haftar regime. He has also withdraw his signature from the Skhirat agreement, signed on Dicember 2015, under ONU supervision. This Parliament had never recognize the Parliament of Tripoli under Sarraj presidency. This oil crisis in perspective will aggravate the Libyan chaos.

Ahmed Al-Mismari: “We defeated those terrorists several times and we are ready to defeat them again”

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Spokesperson of Dignity Operation Ahmed Al-Mismari threatened on Monday to sweep away Libya’s oil crescent region after failing to repel the advance of Benghazi Defense Al-Mismari had confirmed his willingness to eradicate the opposition from this part of Libya, especially due to its economic importance. Furthermore, he has also threaten Tripoli. He concludes his brief speech telling that : “We defeated those terrorists several times and we are ready to defeat them again”.The conflict around the oil crescent seems to be at the beginning of a long process of tensions between both until an agreement or the full destruction of one or the other force in presence.

Libyan mayors visit Italy to discuss cooperation

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17 Libyan mayors was present in Rome, this Thursday, they had a meeting with Italian ambassador to Libya, some representative of Foreign Minister, and some representatives. They talked about global situation in Libya, how to manage the crisis. But they talked also about “an agreement [which] was reached to facilitate Italian visa for Libyans and resumption of Tripoli-Rome flights”, Zuwara Municipality reported.

Russia wants to have a leading role in the reconstruction of Libya

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Russia wants to have a leading role in the reconstruction of Libya. The Kremlin has meet the Prime Minister of Libya, Fayez Al-Sarraj, leader of the GNA (Government of National Accord) which is recognize as the legal representant of Libya at an international level. However, the Kremlin had met in November General Khalifa Haftar, the leader of Libyan National Army (LNA), who control a part of Tripoli and have an increasing influence on the East Libya.

Libyan capital on high security alert

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Forces loyal to UN-installed Presidency Council (PC) issued on Wednesday a four-day security alert and intensified their presence in the capital in anticipation of any security breaches. The security alert, started on Wednesday 01, comes just a week after the clashes in Abu Salim neighborhood. Several checkpoints and sand barriers were set up in the areas under the control of PC. While many parts of Tripoli remain under the control of rival groups, the new security alert is said to aim at preventing violations and more clashes in the capital. Former chief of Supreme Security Committee Hashim Bisher, now senior commander within PC forces, said the deployment of troops is a message that Tripoli is united and a step to foil any attempts that undermine security. The deployment of troops was done all of a sudden and without prior announcement, which sparked fear among local residents that a new fighting was about to take place. Head of UNSMIL Martin Kobler also expressed concern about the unannounced deployment and called for calm in Tripoli.

Tripoli: Unidentified gunmen have opened fire on a convoy carrying Fayez al-Sarraj

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Unidentified gunmen have opened fire on a convoy carrying the prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez al-Sarraj, in Tripoli without causing any casualties, according to his administration. Ashraf al-Thulthi, the administration spokesman, said on Monday the incident occurred as the motorcade passed near the Abu Slim district of the Libyan capital. “All the cars were armoured-plated, and there were no injuries”, it was unclear whether it was a targeted attack, Thulthi said. Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement that Sarraj, Swehli and Nakua had opened a new criminal investigations unit in Tripoli on Monday morning, and published pictures of the three at the event.

Islamic State militants are trying to foment chaos by cutting power and water supplies and to identify receptive local communities

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Islamic State militants have shifted to desert valleys and inland hills southeast of Tripoli as they seek to exploit Libya’s political divisions after defeat in their former stronghold of Sirte, security officials say. The militants, believed to number several hundred and described as “remnants” of Islamic State’s Libya operation, are
trying to foment chaos by cutting power and water supplies and to identify receptive local communities, the officials said. They are being monitored through aerial surveillance and on-the-ground intelligence, but Libyan officials said they cannot easily be targeted without advanced air power of the kind used by the United States on Jan. 19, when B-2 bombers killed more than 80 militants in a strike southwest of Sirte. The threat is focused south of the coastal strip between Misrata and Tripoli, arcing to the southeast around the town of Bani Walid and into the desert south of Sirte, said Ismail Shukri, head of military intelligence in Misrata. One group of 60-80 militants is operating around Girza, 170 km (105 miles) west of Sirte, another group of about 100 is based around Zalla and Mabrouk oil field, about 300 km southeast of Sirte, and there are reports of a third group present in AlUwaynat, close the Algerian border, he said.

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