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Libyan Gazette Weekly News Digest 08/29: General Khalifa Haftar’s HoR Gives UN Backed GNA One More Chance

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News Digest
Aug 29,2016

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War On ISIS

Libya's Southern Oil Fields Shut Down

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) stopped oil production of two oilfields after the Libyan unity Government (GNA) did not pay for the security of the oilfields, said Mohammad Ahmad Alkhbasha, a brigade commander on Tuesday. Alkhbasha said the PFG in the south closed the Gulf fields and Al-Wafa field, which typically produce about 30,000 barrels …

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ISIS Loses Control of Neighbourhood in Central Sirte

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Only one district remains in the hands of ISIS, said Libyan forces who have been in battle against ISIS fighters since Sunday. On Monday, a neighbourhood in Sirte known as Number One has been “completely liberated” and Libyan troops are currently “in the process of cleaning any remnants of Daesh (ISIS)” from the recently liberated …

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Gold, Money and Guns Found in Abandoned ISIS Building

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Forces loyal to the GNA took over a building known to ISIS as “The House of Muslim Funds” finding jewelry made of gold, stacks of bills and weapons in it. The valuables are believed to have been stolen by ISIS from the homes of locals who fled the rule of the terrorist state in Sirte …

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US Deploys Gunships In Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter   The US military has dispatched helicopter gunships to assist in targeting ISIS militants hiding out in the centre of Sirte. Over the weekend, Marine AH-1W SuperCobra helicopters set out to strike at ISIS targets, according to a US defense official who remains anonymous. Between Friday and Sunday, …

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Dozens of ISIS Fighters Found Dead in Recently Liberated Areas in Sirte

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Forces loyal to the Libyan unity government backed by the UN say they are close to liberating Sirte from ISIS fighters. The Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said they have captured the city’s main mosque as well as a jail that was operated by ISIS’s ‘morality police’. One of the shops had a sign …

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Politics:

Libyan Ambassador Fired

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s ambassador to the UN, said that he has been fired from his diplomatic position. Dabbashi claims that Prime Minister Fayaz Al-Sarraj of the Libyan unity government took the decision to fire Dabbashi without the approval of the parliament. However, Dabbashi said he will not oppose the Prime Minister’s decision as he does not want to be a …

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NATO Allies Back GNA’s Attempts to Unify Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) NATO allies released a statement on Thursday in support of the decisions made by the Libyan government’s in attempts to reconcile Libya’s various rival factions in hopes of unifying the country. The Government of National Accord (GNA) has been working on suggesting a new list of names to be in the new Libyan government after …

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US Deploys Gunships In Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter   The US military has dispatched helicopter gunships to assist in targeting ISIS militants hiding out in the centre of Sirte. Over the weekend, Marine AH-1W SuperCobra helicopters set out to strike at ISIS targets, according to a US defense official who remains anonymous. Between Friday and Sunday, …

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General Khalifa Haftar's HoR Gives UN Backed GNA One More Chance

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Wednesday, the Government of National Accord (GNA) said that it will soon be announcing a new government with hopes of gaining the support of the Libyan parliament, known as the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk. The HoR voted “no confidence” to the current Libyan Government on Monday and has given 10 days …

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Libya’s Eastern Parliament Voted “No Confidence” for Libyan Government

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The House of Representatives (HoR), which is backed by General Khalifa Haftar and his rival to the UN-backed Libyan government, has voted “no confidence” in recognizing the Government of National Accord (GNA), said Abdullah Ablahig, spokesperson for the HoR. The result of the vote was a major setback to the efforts by the UN and …

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Migration:

Humanitarian Rescue Boat Attacked Off Libyan Coast

A European rescue boat was attacked by an unknown armed group on the Mediterranean Sea off Libya’s shores. On the morning of August 17, the armed group was on a speedboat when they fired at Bourbon Argos, a rescue boat used by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The MSF crew was able to make it into a secured room on the …

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EU and Libyan Coastguard Sign Memorandum to Train Libyan Coastguards and Navy

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Tuesday, the European Union signed a memorandum to train Libyan Coastguards. Abdallah Toumia, Commander of the Libyan Coastguard and Port Security, met with with Enrico Credendino, the EU’s Operation Sophia Commander, to sign the memorandum in Rome at the headquarters for Operation Sophia. “The Memorandum Of Understanding signed today, is another key step towards …

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Over 200 Nigerians Deported from Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The Libyan unity government (GNA) along with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya, have deported 220 Nigerians back to their country. A chartered airplane took the deported Nigerians, who were gathered from various locations in Libya, to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Many had lived in Libya …

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Business

Libyan Investment Authority Board Challenged

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Abdul-Magid Breish, who claims to be the chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), said on Monday that he disapproves the appointment of a panel by the UN-backed Libyan unity government (GNA). Breish said that because he was not officially told to resign, he will not accept the appointment of the panel. The GNA announced …

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