Libya – Arrest of 13 members of ‘Al-kani’ militia gang

By Rabia Golden

14/09/2020 – The Libyan Army announced on Saturday, the arrest of a villainous gang, consisting of 13 members of ‘Al kani’ militia, in the city of Tarhuna in the western region.

The Media Center for the Volcano of Rage Operation stated that the forces tasked with the protection and security of the Costal Road (Treeq Al-Sahali), arrested the gang members while they attempted to hide in the Hawatim area of Tarhuna.

The Media Center added that the gang consisted of criminal elements who trawled the Al-Sahali Road, engaging in kidnappings and murder of passers-by, just as was their practice during the aggression on Tripoli.

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Libya : PC suspends Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha over recent protests

29/08/2020 – Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha has been suspended and ordered to appear for administrative investigation within three days from the date of the suspension, the PC said in a statement on Friday.

The PC suspended Bashagha on Friday on the backdrop of his handling of the demonstrations that took place in the capital Tripoli and some other cities during the past week, and “his failure to protect protesters from a violent crackdown.” Continuer à lire … « Libya : PC suspends Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha over recent protests »

​​​​​​​Turkish mercenaries’ confessions: Fighting in Libya in exchange for Turkish promises to them

26/08/2020 – According to the latest statistics of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkey has sent more than 18,000 Syrian mercenaries to Libya, of whom about 7,000 returned to Syria, in addition to about 10,000 from other nationalities.

Thousands of mercenaries join the groups affiliated with the government of National Accord in Tripoli, which is currently planning to seize the strategic city of Sirte, amid a state of international anticipation that subsided with the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement in Libya on Friday. Continuer à lire … « ​​​​​​​Turkish mercenaries’ confessions: Fighting in Libya in exchange for Turkish promises to them »

El-Sisi calls on army to be prepared amid Libya crisis

21/08/2020 – CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has directed the army to maintain the highest levels of preparedness and combat readiness to protect Egypt’s national security.

During a meeting with various senior military personnel, the president directed them to continue to maintain combat readiness to carry out any tasks entrusted to them, in light of the current challenges in the region. Continuer à lire … « El-Sisi calls on army to be prepared amid Libya crisis »

Libyan government orders immediate cease-fire

21/08/2020 – Libyan government statement on Friday ordered an immediate cease-fire for all military forces and combat operations in the war-torn country.

“Cease-fire requires demilitarization of the Sirte and Jufra regions with security arrangements,” the statement said. Continuer à lire … « Libyan government orders immediate cease-fire »

Qatar’s Defense Minister says discussions in Libya centered on unity, political solution

21/08/2020 – The Qatari Defense Minister Khaled Al Attiyah said the tripartite meetings (Libya, Qatar and Turkey) in Tripoli tackled discussions on unity of Libya and political solutions to its crisis, saying Doha believes political solutions are the only way out of the conflict, according to statements he made to Al Jazeera Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Qatar’s Defense Minister says discussions in Libya centered on unity, political solution »

Libyan official to meet Haftar’s speaker in Morocco

20/08/2020 – Khalid al-Mishri, head of Libya’s High State Council, has agreed to meet Aguila Saleh, speaker of the putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s self-designated Libyan parliament, in Morocco.

The meeting is part of Rabat’s efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis, al-Mishri said on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Libyan official to meet Haftar’s speaker in Morocco »

Turkey set to receive $35 billion in Libya contracts

By Zülfikar Doğan

20/08/2020 – Following a maritime and military agreement signed in November, Turkey and Libya’s United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) inked another deal on August 13 that effectively opens up the oil-rich North African country’s market to Turkish contractors.

The deal, signed by Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan and the GNA’s Planning Minister Al-Taher Al-Juhaimi, both resolves ongoing issues between Turkish firms and Libyan employers and paves the way for new investments and projects, inviting Turkish contracting firms to take on projects in the country. Continuer à lire … « Turkey set to receive $35 billion in Libya contracts »

Sudanese Janjaweed militia heads toward Libya’s Sirte as military buildup continues

11/08/2020 – The Janjaweed militia from Sudan with 70 armed vehicles is headed toward the key Libyan province of Sirte as putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar continues his military buildup around the city with the support of his foreign backers.

The official social media account of the Libyan government’s Operation Volcano of Rage stated that the Sudanese mercenaries were seen in the Brega district east of Sirte. The report added that the forces were on their way to support Haftar. Continuer à lire … « Sudanese Janjaweed militia heads toward Libya’s Sirte as military buildup continues »

Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya

07/08/2020 – Pictures circulating on social media suggest Russia may have deployed its S-400 air defence system in Libya, an analyst writing for Forbes said on Thursday.

Images posted online appear to show a large radar and vertical missile tubes near Ras Lanuf in eastern Libya. If they are part of Russia’s S-300 or S-400 system, “it could help tip the scales in the favour of Russia and its local allies against Turkish-backed forces,” defence analyst H I Sutton said. Continuer à lire … « Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya »