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Tripoli militia assassinations could spark militia war

Tripoli militia assassinations could spark militia war

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 October 2018: A senior commander in the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB), Khairi Al-Hankura, was shot dead early yesterday morning outside the Radisson Blu Mahari Hotel in Tripoli. There are fears that the assassination is in danger of triggering a mini Tripoli militia war. Today, it is alleged that the TRB killed two members of Rada (SDF) in reprisal, whom they had seized last night at a central Tripoli checkpoint. The TRB and Rada are one of the main four militias controlling the capital Tripoli. After the south Tripoli militia fighting of August-September, they are both under pressure from the Serraj Presidency Council and UNSMIL to reduce their power and presence in the capital at the expense of the reguar state police and army. The Radisson hotel, which also serves as the headquarters of the State Council, is one of the locations controlled by TRB, and Hankura was in charge of security there. There are numerous unconfirmed [...]
libyaherald, 16 hours ago

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LBBC to take mission to Tunis 22-24 October

LBBC to take mission to Tunis 22-24 October

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 16 October 2018: The Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) will take a members’ mission to Tunis from 22 to 24 October. It says that the event offers an opportunity to generate increased trade and Iinvestment between Britain and Libya. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maetig is slated to speak to the opening session on 23 October, addressing LBBC member companies and Libyan business guests on Libya’s economic prospects. Tripoli Central Bank of Libya Governor Saddek Elkaber is also listed to speak to the afternoon session. Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the National Oil Corporation will meet LBBC member companies bilaterally on 22 October and address the conference immediately after Ahmed Maetig  on the 23rd. The LBBC says the Tunis conference gives it a further opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to Libya and to the NOC. The LBBC has remained a steadfast partner and friend to both throughout the often difficult and turbulent days [...]
libyaherald, 2 days ago

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Southern Libyans crack down on crimewave by Chadian militias

Southern Libyans crack down on crimewave by Chadian militias

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By Jamal Adel. Kufra, 15 October 2018: With the recent south Tripoli militia fighting, the House of Representatives’ extended saga regarding passing the referendum law and a constitutional amendment in Tobruk, the tug-of-war over who sets the date of Libya’s next elections, and the back and forth between Italy and France as to who has more influence over Libya’s future and Italy’s plans for an international conference on Libya in Palermo, Sicily, southern Libya’s quiet conflict has continued attracting little real attention from coastal Libya. The security vacuum in the south and neglect by the two main coastal factions in Tripoli and eastern Libya have left the south of Libya open and vulnerable at the kidnapping mercy of opposition militias from neighbouring Sub-Saharan African states. A series of kidnappings took place in the last two moths allegedly carried out by foreign elements active in the area between as far north as southern Sirte and [...]
libyaherald, 3 days ago

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Sirte Oil Company resumes gas field development drilling

Sirte Oil Company resumes gas field development drilling

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 October 2018: Sirte Oil Company (SOC), responsible for the exploration and production of oil and gas, has resumed development drilling activity in the Sahl field at well No. O23-6, following a four-year hiatus as a result of the local security situation. SOC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC). The NOC reported that drilling started on August 6, 2018, as part of its approved 2018 development drilling plan. The NOC reported that SOC deployed the 'APHRON' drilling technique on this well - under the supervision of the Al-Jowfe Oil Technology Company - a modern drilling technology and new drilling fluid system. Drilling focussed on the Gailo (Jalo) formation, with production tested at about 7 million cubic feet of gas per day and 50 barrels of condensate. SOC is responsible for the giant gas transport system and coastal gas pipeline from Benina to Melitah, carrying natural gas which supplies various [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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HSC debates PC reform, proposes amendments for a vote on Monday

HSC debates PC reform, proposes amendments for a vote on Monday

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 October 2018: The High State Council (HSC) debated the proposals put forward by the House of Representatives (HoR) during its 33rd plenary meeting at the Council's Tripoli headquarters on Thursday. The HoR proposal was on a mechanism to change the structure of the existing Presidential Council (PC), currently headed by Faiez Serraj. The HSC submitted its own amendments to the HoR proposal and decided to meet next Monday for a vote on the proposal. It will be recalled that the UN-brokered 2015 Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) stipulates that any changes to the PC must be done in consultation between the HSC and the HoR. To this end, the two bodies have created a joint committee, the Dialogue Committee, which has been discussing a proposal for the reform of the PC for weeks. In September, the HoR authorised its representative to communicate with the HSC. During the Thursday session, HSC head, Khaled al-Mishri, thank the HoR for [...]
libyaherald, 5 days ago

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Italy officially invites Ageela Saleh to November Libya conference

Italy officially invites Ageela Saleh to November Libya conference

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 11 October 2018: Italy has officially invited Ageela Saleh, the head of Libya's parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), to its planned international conference on Libya. The news was revealed yesterday by the HoR's official spokesperson Abdalla Belheeg. The invitation was delivered in person yesterday by Emanuela C. Del Re, Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, during her visit to Saleh at his official headquarters in his hometown of Guba in eastern Lbya. Very little real details of the deliberations of the meeting were revealed, however, according to spokesperson Belheeg, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to consolidate them, and the latest developments in the situation In Libya. The invitation delivery to Saleh at least confirms that the Palermo (Sicily) Libya conference is indeed going ahead. The Palermo Libya conference was also discussed on Wednesday [...]
libyaherald, 6 days ago

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Libya to activate stalled housing projects through local companies

Libya to activate stalled housing projects through local companies

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 11 October 2018: Libya's Tripoli-based government has revealed that it will activate its stalled housing projects using local companies, as part of its new economic reform plan. The revelation came from Ahmed Maetig, deputy head of Libya's internationally-recognized  Presidency Council (PC), during a Tripoli forum on the government's new economic reform plan on Tuesday. Maetig stressed the importance of the economic reforms and the initial phases centred around the imposition of a tax/levy on the sale of foreign currency for private use. This policy is hoped . . . This article is only available to subscribers. Please login or subscribe.
libyaherald, 7 days ago

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Serraj Ministry of Interior says militias ready to handover security of state institutions

Serraj Ministry of Interior says militias ready to handover security of state institutions

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 9 October 2018: The Tripoli-based Ministry of Interior (MoI), aligned to the internationally-recognized Faiez Serraj Presidency Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA), has announced that it has started to implement the newly-agreed "security arrangements". More importantly, it claims that "everyone", which is seen as code for militias, "stressed that they are fully prepared to cooperate with the MoI in order to hand over state institutions in Tripoli." The Serraj MoI stated that "following the numerous meetings held by the Presidency Council and the Ministry of the Interior of the Government of National Accord regarding the activation of the security arrangements for Greater Tripoli, the actual and executive steps that would lead to this important step have begun to bring about security and put an end to all negative violations, and ensure state control over sovereign sites". In the same context, the MoI added that during [...]
libyaherald, 9 days ago

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Wanted Egyptian jihadi captured by LNA in Derna

Wanted Egyptian jihadi captured by LNA in Derna

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By Sami Zaptia. London , 8 October 2018: The spokesperson for the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA), Ahmed Mesmari, has announced the capture of what he referred to as an Egyptian terrorist. Media reports have referred to him as a leading IS/Al-Qaeda commander. Hisham Al-Ashmawi was captured today at dawn as part of a security operation in the eastern city of Derna. Al-Ashmawi is reported to be a former Egyptian special forces officer who is wanted by Egypt for suspected Islamist militant activities there. He is also wanted for militant activity in Libya. Mesmari also reported that during the capture of Al-Ashmawi the wife and daughter of another "terrorist", Mohamed Rifai, were also captured. The LNA are still fighting jihadists in Derna despite declaring that they were in control of the city in June.
libyaherald, 10 days ago

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HIB to hold real estate forum in Tunis

HIB to hold real estate forum in Tunis

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 7 October 2018: Libya's Housing and Infrastructure Board (HIB), the Libyan state's main house-building entity, has announced that it is to hold a forum in Tunis. In 2013 the HIB, which is part of the Serraj-aligned Ministry of Housing and Utilities, had reported that it oversaw projects totalling LD 50 bn. It is estimated that it is overseeing the implementation of 40 percent of planned housing projects amounting to about 220,000 housing units. The first Real Estate Development Forum will be held on 17 and 18 October at the Tunis LAICO hotel. LAICO is owned by the Libyan Investment Authority, Libya's main sovereign investment entity. The HIB said that the Tunis event will be attended by ministers, the relevant heads of departments, experts in the field as well as foreign and Libyan business leaders. It said that the aim of the event was to seek new concepts and visions to incentivize the Libyan real estate market in general. It also [...]
libyaherald, 11 days ago

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