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Serraj meets commanders, adopts new fighting plan and orders all needed reinforcements

Serraj meets commanders, adopts new fighting plan and orders all needed reinforcements

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 June 2019: In his role as Commander-in-Chief of the (western based Libyan Army) forces defending Tripoli in the fighting against the pro Khalifa Hafter forces, Faiez Serraj met with all his aligned commanders in Tripoli on Saturday to review the latest state in the fighting. These included the Chief of General Staff of the Libyan army, the Interior Minister, the commanders of the military areas and the leaders of the different fighting fronts. During the meeting, a ‘‘new phase of the plan to confront Hafter’s forces was adopted and its requirements were identified’’. Serraj ordered ‘‘the reinforcement’’ of the combat units aligned to his government with ‘‘all the requirements of the operations’’. The addressed the coordination programmes and mechanisms between the military operations room of Tripoli and the various security and military sectors, and the review of security measures and plans to ensure the [...]
libyaherald, 1 days ago

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Health Ministry deplores vicious Tripoli attack on heart specialist

Health Ministry deplores vicious Tripoli attack on heart specialist

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 June 2019: The Tripoli Ministry of Health today strongly deplored the vicious attack on Dr Abubaker al-Ajnif at his clinic yesterday. The attack left the cardiologist badly bruised with his face disfigured. The Health Ministry called upon the security authorities to take the necessary measures to put an end to this phenomenon, which it said is offensive to doctors and medical personnel, and which is contrary to the values and morals of the Libyan people. It stressed that the aggressor should receive a deterrent punishment and that the Ministry was following this matter with keen interest. The Ministry of Health stressed that it does not tolerate any attack on its cadres, noting that it addressed the competent security authorities about the latest attack in order to take legal steps." The Libyan Doctors Union also strongly condemned the attack as well as attacks on medical personnel in general. It noted that the phenomenon of attacks [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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Stalemate in Tripoli fighting and increased power cuts as WHO reports 653 deaths and 3,547 wounded

Stalemate in Tripoli fighting and increased power cuts as WHO reports 653 deaths and 3,547 wounded

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 June 2019: Stalemate seems to be the status in the Tripoli fighting as both sides fail to push forward on the ground. Most of the fighting over the last week seems to have been conducted through the exchange of air strikes. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that as a result of the fighting launched on Tripoli by Khalifa Hafter and his allied forces on 4 April, 653 have died including 41 civilians and 3,547 wounded of which 126 were civilians. Yesterday, WHO also bemoaned the fact that since the onset of the Tripoli fighting, 19 ambulances have been struck, six health workers have been killed and 10 others have been wounded. Four health facilities have been hit by airstrikes or shelling with two of them having to be fully evacuated.   Serraj Ministry of Health condemns Hafter targeting of field hospital   The various UN and humanitarian organizations have reiterated that health workers, ambulances and [...]
libyaherald, 5 days ago

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Sewage contaminated Tripoli beaches unfit for swimming or fishing

Sewage contaminated Tripoli beaches unfit for swimming or fishing

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 June 2019: With temperatures rising and many students already on summer holidays, hastened by the Tripoli fighting, on Sunday Tripoli Central Municipality/Council declared all - about 14 kms - of the central beaches of Tripoli unfit for swimming or fishing. The Council said that it had commissioned its environmental sanitation team and its municipal engineers to put up warning signs along these beaches.     The Council said that it had reached the decision based on the results of analyses of sea water samples taken from different points along Tripoli’s central stretch of beach. Results from these samples showed the existence of indicators of contamination of wastewater in all samples analysed in both public and private laboratories. The announcement will come as no surprise to most Tripolitanians as its polluted beaches have been a well-known fact for decades. It is well known that there are numerous sewage pipes emptying their [...]
libyaherald, 6 days ago

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Bahr Essalam offshore gas field fix saves US$ 23 million

Bahr Essalam offshore gas field fix saves US$ 23 million

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 10 June 2019: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, congratulated the management and engineers of its subsidiary Mellitah Oil and Gas Company (MOG) for their service and competence after successfully performing a ‘fishing operation’ to recover a production string stuck in the CE02 well of Libya's largest producing offshore gas field - Bahr Essalam. The NOC reported on Friday that the 24-day operation was conducted by a drilling team from MOG's gas department, in coordination with other engineering specialists and management teams from the subsidiary and NOC. The success of this complex engineering operation has prevented MOG sidetracking the well and drilling a secondary wellbore. The subsequent cost-saving of this effort is an estimated 23 million USD, the NOC said.
libyaherald, 8 days ago

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Serraj Ministry of Health condemns Hafter targeting of field hospital

Serraj Ministry of Health condemns Hafter targeting of field hospital

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 7 June 2019: The Crises and Emergencies Committee of the pro Faiez Serraj Ministry of Health condemned the targeting yesterday morning of the Swani field hospital, located 25 km south west of Tripoli. The Committee ‘‘strongly condemns the direct and unethical targeting of the field hospital’’, which It reported was bombed by an ‘‘aggressor air force’’, wounding two paramedics and a field doctor, and damaging part of the hospital building its medical supplies and equipment. The implication by the ‘‘aggressor forces’’ is that the field hospital was struck by pro Khalifa Hafter forces. Fawzi Onees, the head of Crisis and Emergency at the Serraj Ministry of Health, said ‘‘these horrific violations, which break and violate all domestic and international humanitarian laws, are added to the record of unjustified attacks on the health sector and its employees from early April (the date of the launch of Hafters attack [...]
libyaherald, 11 days ago

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Mitiga airport complex bombed – flights not affected

Mitiga airport complex bombed – flights not affected

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 6 June 2019: Mitiga airport was the subject of an air raid early this morning by the Khalifa Hafter Libyan National Army (LNA) Air Force. Mitiga airport confirmed that flights continued to operate normally as no part of the civilian airport was damaged. The LNA’s War Media Division said that the LNA’s Air Force targeted a drone on the site. It claimed that LNA fighter jets pursued and targeted a ‘‘Turkish drone’’ as it landed at Mitiga airport – after it had raided LNA forces.
libyaherald, 12 days ago

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Pakistani Ahmadis still languish in Tripoli jail – security source

Pakistani Ahmadis still languish in Tripoli jail – security source

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 5 June 2019: The five Pakistani nationals arrested in Tripoli in 2013 accused of practicing the outlawed Ahmadi (Ahmadiya) interpretation of Islam are still languishing in Tripoli’s Mitiga jail, a security source has informed Libya Herald. They are held in the prison controlled by the Medkhali/Salafi Abdelrauf Kara and his Special Deterrence Force (SDF)/Rada. The five Pakistanis are construction workers and were probably unaware that their version of Islam is banned in Libya. In 2013 they were arrested together with one Libyan by Kara’s Rada on the charge of proselytising. The Libyan was released at the end of 2018, the security source says. The security source believes that there are no known Libyans practicing the Ahmadi version of Islam in the country and the five Pakistanis have now been ‘‘re-educated’’ into practising the Salafi version of Islam during their prison stay. Rada has been in touch with the Pakistani embassy [...]
libyaherald, 13 days ago

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Stalemate Tripoli conflict leads to 607 deaths, 3,261 wounded and 100,000 IDPs

Stalemate Tripoli conflict leads to 607 deaths, 3,261 wounded and 100,000 IDPs

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 3 June 2019: The ongoing conflict in and around Tripoli continues to drive civilian casualties and displacement, the UN Tripoli Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports. It says 156 civilian casualties, including 39 civilian deaths, have been recorded to date. These figures include only those cases that could be individually verified as civilian and are considered to be the minimum. The World Health Organization, on the other hand reported today that the Tripoli conflict has led to 607 deaths and 3,261 wounded since 4 April. On the fighting front: The Tripoli narrative On the battlefront, meanwhile, the two sides continue to claim success and progress while a stalemate seems to be the dominant outcome on the ground. At a Saturday press briefing, Mohamed Gnunu, the Official Military Spokesperson for the Faiez Serraj aligned Volcano of Anger/Rage (Burkan Alghadab) Operations Room, said that the Tripoli Air Force [...]
libyaherald, 15 days ago

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Shelling caused NOC Tripoli clinic fire: NOC

Shelling caused NOC Tripoli clinic fire: NOC

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 27 May 2019: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) claimed today that Friday’s Tripoli Oil Clinic fire in the Gharghour district of Tripoli was caused by direct shelling of the facility. It claimed that an Internal Security Agency investigation and forensics report reviewed debris found in the destroyed warehouse which led to this conclusion. The NOC reiterated that shelling of civilian targets is a war crime. The NOC condemned in the strongest possible terms the targeting of civilian infrastructure and medical facilities. Although the incident did not result in casualties, the NOC said that it is extremely concerned that hospital patients and staff were purposefully endangered. It called for an international investigation and prosecutions following this breach of international humanitarian law. NOC chairman, Mustafa Sanalla said: “The targeting of such a facility is a heinous act. Attacks on civilian infrastructure as well as the [...]
libyaherald, 22 days ago

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