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Heavy overnight shelling of residential areas in Tripoli fighting – acknowledged by both sides

Heavy overnight shelling of residential areas in Tripoli fighting – acknowledged by both sides

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 April 2019: Tripoli experienced a third night of shelling last night as missiles, reported by both sides as Grad, fell on a number of residential areas including the Abu Sleem (Busleem) and Salah Al-Deen districts. In the huge and ever-escalating (mis) information war, both sides in the Tripoli fighting acknowledged the falling of missiles on residential areas - but blamed them on each other. Abu Sleem Municipality reported that the multiple missiles fell on the Hay Al-Intisar and Salah Al-Deen districts. It reported 4 deaths and more than 26 casualties. It said 7 are critical and 4 suffered amputations. The night attack led to a spontaneous demonstration by Tripoli residents in the small hours of this morning in condemnation of the attack on defenceless residents in their homes. There were demonstrations in Misrata and Zuwara too. Presidency Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA) head, Faiez Serraj, [...]
libyaherald, 3 days ago

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Tripoli fighting death toll at 147 with 614 wounded: WHO

Tripoli fighting death toll at 147 with 614 wounded: WHO

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By Sami Zaptia. The Serraj government gave its detailed account of the Tripoli fighting at a press conference in Tripoli yesterday (Photo: PC/GNA). London, 16 April 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the death toll in the Tripoli fighting has now reached 147 dead and 756 wounded. It said that it has deployed additional surgical teams to support hospitals in the Tripoli area receiving trauma cases. These figures were higher than those reported by the Serraj Health Ministry and do not include those on the Hafter side of the fighting. Meanwhile, the cat-and-mouse fighting continues with shifting fronts many of which are in or around residential areas. There is ongoing fighting in at least four main fronts. Many residents are stuck in the middle of the battles unable to evacuate. The Faiez Serraj Presidency Council and Government of National Accord raised its media output considerably yesterday in response to a hostile and [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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Both sides in Tripoli fighting accuse opponents of bombing of civilian areas

Both sides in Tripoli fighting accuse opponents of bombing of civilian areas

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 15 April 2019: Both sides in the Tripoli fighting accuse the other of bombing residential areas in Tripoli as fighting continues and the media campaign intensifies. The anti-Hafter forces accused the LNA and its allies of using Grad missiles and Houn shells to target central areas of Tripoli such as Arada as well as Ain Zara and Hadba. The LNA’s War Information Division, for its part claimed that Grad missiles were fired at the Hadba Project and Hay Al-Akwakh by the Tripoli forces in order to win ‘‘public opinion’’. They also claimed the Tripoli forces dropped exploding barrels on the Sug Al-Khamis area. LNS Spokesperson Ahmed Mesmari claimed that the Tripoli-aligned Air Force taking off from Misrata targeted a company site in Gaser Ben Ghashir killing foreign workers.
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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HoR holds its first session in Benghazi

HoR holds its first session in Benghazi

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 April 2019: Libya’s House of Representatives, its internationally-recognized parliament, held its first session in Benghazi yesterday. The political event has been long coming as the HoR has been promising and planning to hold a session in Libya’s second largest city for some years. Chairing the session, which was only attended by about 30 members, HoR head Ageela Saleh ‘‘praised the sacrifices made by the city of Benghazi and its victory over terrorism’’, as well as ‘‘the brave of our armed forces who are waging battles of pride and honour to liberate the capital Tripoli’’. The HoR Media Department described the session as ‘‘the first in Benghazi after its liberation from terrorist groups’’. It will be recalled that Saleh is in full support of the military attack on Tripoli by the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA) and its allied forces. Saleh also heard a vow from Benghazi [...]
libyaherald, 6 days ago

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EU calls for immediate ceasefire and the LNA to withdraw from Tripoli

EU calls for immediate ceasefire and the LNA to withdraw from Tripoli

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 April 2019: A declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini made yesterday on behalf of the EU on the situation in Libya has called for an immediate ceasefire and for the LNA to withdraw its troops from Tripoli. The statement said that the military attack launched by the LNA on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in and around the capital are endangering civilians, including migrants and refugees, and disrupting the UN-led political process, with the risk of serious consequences for Libya and the wider region, including the terrorist threat. The European Union and its Member States called on all parties to immediately cease all military operations. The LNA and all the forces that have moved into Tripoli or its vicinity must withdraw and the humanitarian truces called by the UN must be heeded. The European Union reminded the parties in this confrontation that they must respect international law, [...]
libyaherald, 8 days ago

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Heavy armed clashes and artillery shelling on some Tripoli residential areas concerns UN

Heavy armed clashes and artillery shelling on some Tripoli residential areas concerns UN

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By Sami Zaptia. Tripoli clashes highlighted by UN humanitarian agencies (Photo: UN OCHA). London, 11 April 2019: Heavy armed clashes and artillery shelling on residential areas in Ain Zara and Khallat al-Forjan have translated into an upsurge in displacement numbers in and around Tripoli, which doubled over the past 48 hours to just over 6,000 individuals, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its latest report yesterday. It added that if violence were to continue and fighting were to reach the more populated areas of Tripoli city, further large-scale displacement has to be expected. There are concerns for the protection of civilians and first responders amidst reports of the deaths of at least three medical staff. Due to ongoing conflict, access restrictions and indiscriminate targeting of first responders, only 58 out of 580 families who registered for evacuations from areas particularly affected by hostilities [...]
libyaherald, 9 days ago

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UNSMIL postpones Ghadames National Conference until conditions are right

UNSMIL postpones Ghadames National Conference until conditions are right

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 9 April 2019: Ghassan Salame, head of UNSMIL, had announced today the postponement of the forthcoming National Conference (@multaqalibya) that was planned for 14-16 April in Ghadames. The postponement came on the back of the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army coalition of forces’ attack on Tripoli which started last Wednesday. In a long statement laying out his thinking, Salame saw the National Conference as means to achieving ‘‘a real solution to the Libyan crisis through a political settlement, a common charter and specific commitments that respect Libyan national constants and put the country on a path of healing and peace, restoring unity and sovereignty and empowering citizens to live in dignity’’. He explained that the use of the National Conference as the means to break Libya’s political stalemate came ‘‘after about a year and a half of broad consultation with all the Libyan factions and [...]
libyaherald, 11 days ago

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UNSMIL head condemns LNA airstrike on Mitiga airport

UNSMIL head condemns LNA airstrike on Mitiga airport

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 8 April 2019: UNSMIL head Ghassan Salame condemned the airstrikes today by Libyan National Army (LNA) aircraft against Mitiga airport. Mitiga is Tripoli’s only functioning airport available for civilian use.  ‘‘As such’’, Salame said, ‘‘this attack constitutes a serious violation of international humanitarian law which prohibits attacks against civilian infrastructure’’. However, Salame’s statement omitted to add that the Mitiga airport complex is a multi-purpose complex, being a prison and a military airbase. It was, after all, the American Wheelus airbase.  Salame added that the attack on Mitiga took place ‘‘as part of an escalation of violence on the ground in areas around Tripoli and Western Libya.  The United Nations is deeply concerned for the welfare of the civilian population in the ongoing violence, and of the implications of the attack on the airport’’. Salame called [...]
libyaherald, 12 days ago

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LNA entered Gharian peacefully: Mesmari

LNA entered Gharian peacefully: Mesmari

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By Maha Ellawati and Sami Zaptia. The LNA claim to have entered the city of Gharian located one and a half hours and 97 km south of Tripoli (Photo: Google). Benghazi and London, 4 April 2019: Speaking to Libya Herald’s eastern Libya reporter today, Libyan National Army (LNA) Spokesperson Ahmed Mesmari, asserted that the city of Gharian was entered by LNA (aligned) forces peacefully and welcomed by local residents. He said that the LNA forces had earlier passed directly through Mizda, Nessma, Al-Asabaa, Algawasim and some other cities, without any resistance. He stressed that these military manoeuvres had come only after a high level of coordination with the region's residents, military and officers in the western region. It is worth noting, however, that there have been unconfirmed media reports of at least one death near Al-Asabaa as a result of clashes with LNA forces during this military drive. Equally, while the LNA says it has entered [...]
libyaherald, 16 days ago

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HoR to hold session in Benghazi

HoR to hold session in Benghazi

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By Sami Zaptia. (Logo: HoR). London, 2 April 2019: During its session held today in Tobruk, the House of Representatives (HoR) voted to hold a session in Benghazi "in the next few days". It was left to HoR head Ageela Saleh to set the date. It will be recalled that Libya's temporary constitution stipulated that the HoR was supposed to take Benghazi as its official seat. however, the insecurity and assassinations in the city at the time of the HoR's 2014 elections forced it to seek another location. Benghazi has been relatively safe and secure for at least two years and it is not clear why the HoR did not move there earlier on a permanent basis. It will be recalled that the HoR signed an agreement in August 2018 with the Islamic Call Society (ICS) to allow it to use the ICS’s building in Benghazi as the HoR’s new seat. The HoR had said last year that it would commence maintenance of the ICS building and would use it until it finds [...]
libyaherald, 18 days ago

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