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Misrata municipality: Presidential Council to blame for Tawerghans’ delayed return | The Libya Observer

Misrata municipality: Presidential Council to blame for Tawerghans’ delayed return | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Misrata municipality said the Presidential Council bears the responsibility for the delay of the Tawergha IDPs’ return to their city due to announcing February 01 as a comeback date without coordinating with the concerned parties and thus leading to the delay of finishing of the needed measures to implement the agreement.
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Member of HCS calls on UNSMIL to supervise negotiations of the unification of military institutions | The Libya Observer

The member of the High Council of State (HCS) Bilqasim Dibris, called Saturday, the UN Mission in Libya to sponsor the negotiations on the unification of the military establishment instead of Egypt or other parties.

In a press statement, Dibris said that the support and stability committee of the HCS had made contact with the committee
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Libyan army talks continue in Egypt; 3 leading councils established - Egypt Today

Libyan army talks continue in Egypt; 3 leading councils established - Egypt Today | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Libyan army factions have agreed on Friday to name Khalifa Haftar as the main leader of the National Army’s General Command. Three leading councils were established within the army.
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Libya's Tripoli government denies reaching unity of military agreement in Cairo

Libya's Tripoli government denies reaching unity of military agreement in Cairo | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
  Libya's UN-backed government on Friday denied reports that an agreement to unify the army will soon be reached during the ongoing talks in Cairo. "The
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Al-Sirraj reviews Libya's security arrangements with military zones' commanders | The Libya Observer

Al-Sirraj reviews Libya's security arrangements with military zones' commanders | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, met Saturday with the commanders of the military zones to go over the new security arrangements in Tripoli. The military officials and Al-Sirraj also tackled the security conditions in southern Libya as well as the current efforts aiming at unifying the Libyan military institution.
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IOM: Over 13.000 illegal immigrants repatriated from Libya in 2018

IOM: Over 13.000 illegal immigrants repatriated from Libya in 2018 | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Over 13,000 migrants have been voluntarily repatriated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from Libya to their home countries in 2018,
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Russian Foreign Ministry Refutes Allegations of Moscow's Meddling in Libya - Sputnik International

Russian Foreign Ministry Refutes Allegations of Moscow's Meddling in Libya - Sputnik International | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia acts in strict accordance with the UN Security Council's decisions on Libya and does not interfere in the situation in this country, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Wednesday.
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Tripoli militia assassinations could spark militia war |

Tripoli militia assassinations could spark militia war | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
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 [...]
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Is this the man that can finally unify Libya? - Al Arabiya English

Libya has effectively been a failed state mired in an intractable civil war since the Libyan people have risen up against Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
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Head of HCS: HCS inclined with PC government amendments | The Libya Observer

Head of HCS: HCS inclined with PC government amendments | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Khalid al-Mishri said that the HCS takes a positive attitude towards the recent changes made by the Presidential Council concerning the ministerial reshuffle, and will act responsibly according to the political agreement. In his speech HCS meeting on Thursday, Al-Mishri revealed that the HCS disagrees with the House of
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Libya: UN to Delay December 10 Elections

Libya: UN to Delay December 10 Elections | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Head of the UN mission in Libya Saturday said it will be hard for the country to hold its much expected elections on December 10 as agreed by various stakeholders in May at a Paris meeting. “There is still a lot to do. It may not be possible to respect the date of December 10,”
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Council of EU extends sanctions on Libyan political figures | The Libya Observer

Council of EU extends sanctions on Libyan political figures | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Council of European Union has decided to extend the European sanctions concerning the freezing of assets and the travel ban on the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh, President of the General National Congress Nouri Abusahmain, and the Former President of the National Salvation Government Khalifa Al-Ghawil for another six months.
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Tripoli militia war. A lull in fighting or a permanent ceasefire: Analysis |

By Sami Zaptia.  London, 26 September 2018: As a number of conflicting and simultaneous narratives emerge, more news is emerging of the different possible reasons for the sudden lull in Tripoli's militia war. It was believed that both the Tarhuna-based 7th Infantry Kani Brigade and the Salah Badi Somoud brigade ceased hostilities purely out of fear of the possible unspecified and specified repercussions by the international community. These included threats of being named by UNSMIL, as it finally did with Salah Badi and Abdelghani al-Kikli "Ghnewa". Another was possible UN Security Council sanctions. However, this explanation is too simplistic, as a different narrative (or narratives) may be emerging which does not cast the decision to ceasefire by the 7th Infantry Kani Brigade and the Salah Badi Somoud brigade purely as a defensive one. On a practical level, it was believed that Badi's Somoud withdrew from one of its south Tripoli locations, the Airport [...]
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Tripoli removes sandy blocks after the end of clashes – Photos and Videos

Tripoli removes sandy blocks after the end of clashes – Photos and Videos | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
LIBYAPROSPECT - Tripoli The forces of Tripoli Central Security started, on Tuesday, to remove the sandy blocks and open the ways in the areas of Salahuddin and the AirPort way after the end of the clashes and the withdrawal of Al-Somoud Brigade from Al-Naqlia Camp. The Seventh Brigade also had withdrawn to Tarhuna city from…
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Current oil prices will boost Libyan economy, says official | The Libya Observer

Current oil prices will boost Libyan economy, says official | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), "Imrajaa Ghaith said that high oil prices will have a positive impact on any economic reform program in Libya. Ghaith explained that instead of the consumption of foreign exchange reserves as was the case in the previous period, the increasing oil revenues will be used to meet public spending.
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Libya rejects establishment of reception centres for irregular migrants on its territory | The Libya Observer

Libya rejects establishment of reception centres for irregular migrants on its territory | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Foreign Minister of the Presidential Council's government Mohamed Sayala said Libya refuses the idea of setting up reception centres for irregular migrants on its territory, as did Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. "The country's immigrant housing centres are sheltering around 30,000 immigrants, and Libya has cooperated with the European Union to return migrants to their countries
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Russia’s real designs in Libya | Michel Cousins

One of the main subjects when Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Russian Vladimir Putin recently discussed their “strategic” relationship, was Libya, Russian officials said, along with Syria and Yemen.
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Italy sends Libyan Navy "Fezzan Boat" as part of maritime cooperation

Italy sends Libyan Navy "Fezzan Boat" as part of maritime cooperation | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Libyan Naval Force has received a boat from Italian Naval Force (Fezzan Boat) with 14 coastguard personnel from Libya onboard, the spokesman of the
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European Parliament's President calls for unified EU stance on Libya | The Libya Observer

European Parliament's President calls for unified EU stance on Libya | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has urged member states to have a unified stance and strategy for Libya. Tajani said on the sidelines of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday that it is not useful to have different European countries intervening in Libya each with a different vision, adding that the EU should provide Libyans with a shared and unified
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52 illegal immigrants voluntarily repatriated from Libya to Guinea - Xinhua | English.news.cn

A total of 52 illegal immigrants have been voluntarily repatriated from Libya to Guinea, official Libyan News Agency reported Wednesday.

The repatriated migrants, including four women and four children, left Mitiga International Airport on Tuesday to Guinea's Conakry International Airport.

As part of a voluntary return program carried out by the International Organization for Migration in cooperation with the Libyan authorities, the repatriation aims to arrange the return of illegal immigrants stranded in Libya to their home countries.

Migrant shelters in Libya are crowded with thousands of migrants who have been rescued at sea or arrested by the Libyan security services.

Following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, insecurity and chaos in Libya has turned it into a departure point for illegal immigrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean toward Europe.

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Italy officially invites Ageela Saleh to November Libya conference |

Italy officially invites Ageela Saleh to November Libya conference | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
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 [...]
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Tebu cultural awakening: 'We may not be Arabs, but we are Libyan' | Libya News | Al Jazeera

Tebu cultural awakening: 'We may not be Arabs, but we are Libyan' | Libya News | Al Jazeera | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Living by borders of Libya, Chad, Niger and Sudan, the Tebu now have their first alphabet ever and a cultural centre.
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New Interior Minister takes office | The Libya Observer

New Interior Minister takes office | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The new Minister of Interior of the Presidential Council (PC) Fathi Pashagha has formally assumed his duties in replacement of the former minister Abdulsalam Ashour. During the handover ceremony held at the ministry's HQ, Pashagha pledged to develop a human rights department within the structure of the ministry. He added that the security arrangements implemented in the
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UPDATE 1-Libya reopens Tripoli airport again | Reuters

TRIPOLI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Libya has reopened the only functioning airport in the capital Tripoli again after rockets fired in its direction forced a brief closure, officials said on Tuesday, days after flights had resumed following an earlier shutdown.

Matiga airport, a former air base used for commercial flights since the main international airport was destroyed in 2014 by militia fighting, said in a notice that traffic was resuming.

It has closed and opened several times since a flare-up in violence in late August.

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Chairman of PC accredits new French ambassador to Libya | The Libya Observer

Chairman of PC accredits new French ambassador to Libya | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Chairman of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sarraj, certified Monday Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen as Ambassador of France to Libya.

The ceremony took place at the HQ of the PC in Tripoli in the presence of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lutfi Al Maghribi, according to the PC on Facebook.

The ambassado
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Tripoli’s Mitiga airport to reopen tomorrow |

Tripoli’s Mitiga airport to reopen tomorrow | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
By Sami Zaptia. London, 25 September 2018: Libya's Airports Authority have ànnounced that Tripoli's only functioning airport, Mitiga, is to reopen at midday tomorrow. The announcement is the ultimate indicator that the Tripoli militia fighting has subdued and that the authorities are confident of the security situation in the capital.
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