More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya

Thursday, 21 September 2017

More than 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the coast of western Libya, the Libyan navy said on Thursday. Rescuers found at least seven survivors on Wednesday after they had remained for three days at sea, navy spokesman Ayub Kassem said, without providing further details. The shipwreck occurred off the town of Sabratha, a hub for illegal migration to Europe that has seen violent clashes between rival armed groups since Sunday.  Rescued  Last week, Libya's coastguard ...

Exposing the ‘blowback’ roots of terrorism

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Qatari card is not the last one to be dealt in this “game of terrorism.” The magician’s hat still has plenty of other cards that will reveal our inattention which was exploited against us and made us kill one another. The game is much bigger than Qatar, and like any other crime, the criminal tries to eliminate evidence. Getting rid of the evidence may drain Qatar, particularly after being financially and politically exhausted and especially that it fulfilled its role in ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Libyan coastguards turn back more than 1,000 migrants

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of the capital Tripoli on Saturday, a spokesman said. There has been a sharp drop in migrant crossings between Libya and Italy since July, largely attributed to armed groups around the smuggling hubs of Sabratha and Zawiya blocking departures. However, some boats have still been leaving from the area, where a number of different smuggling groups operate. Smugglers generally pack migrants into flimsy ...

Egypt court sentences 7 to death over links to ISIS

Saturday, 16 September 2017

An Egyptian court has sentenced seven people to death over links to the ISIS group in Libya. Saturday’s ruling refers the case to the Grand Mufti, the country’s top theological authority, to solicit his non-binding opinion on the sentences. The referral is a formality in cases of capital punishment. The court has set a November 25 date for issuing the final verdict in the case, which involves 20 defendants. The verdict is subject to appeal. Charges include belonging to a militant ...

ANALYSIS: From Syria to Myanmar, first denial then terror-tag for dissenters

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The terror bluff is real. Throughout the most horrific crackdowns in recent history, there have been several instances of terrorism being employed as a manipulative smokescreen. This “hiding place” of sorts has long-provided room to breathe for some of the world’s most powerful leaders to bolster dissent and prolong their stints in office. For many observers of the Middle East, when the phenomenon of dictatorship denialism in frail countries is discussed, Syria and Libya ...

Twelve decomposed bodies of Egyptian men found in Libyan desert

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Twelve decomposed bodies of Egyptian men and their passports were found in a Libyan desert, Libyan media outlets reported. Alwasat news website said the bodies of illegal Egyptian migrants were found near Jaghbub Oasis, south of Tobruk.A military source said that after receiving information that there are bodies in northwest of the Jaghbub Oasis, military patrols combed the area and found 13 bodies. He also said that all 13 men were buried according to Islamic law as the bodies were ...

Production restarting at Libya’s Sharara oilfield after blockade lifted

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Production at Libya’s Sharara oilfield, the country’s largest, was gradually restarting on Wednesday after the lifting of a pipeline blockade, Libyan oil sources said. “We have just started, little by little,” said a source at the field, who asked not to be named. He said it would likely take three to four days for production to reach normal levels. Sharara had been producing up to about 280,000 barrels per day (bpd) until it was forced to shut ...

Bodies of 16 migrants found in Libya’s eastern desert

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Libyan security forces said on Tuesday that the bodies of 16 migrants had been found in the desert near the country’s border with Egypt. The bodies were found about 310 kilometers southwest of the coastal city of Tobruk, said Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for the Libyan National Army. He said the area was still being searched and no more details were available about the migrants’ identities. In the past, patrols and rescuers have recovered the ...

How Qatar is destabilizing Africa

Monday, 4 September 2017

In order to destabilize Africa, the Qatari regime couldn’t have found a better starting country than Libya of February 2011. This was more so considering the chaos and militias in the country. Qatari regime took advantage of the situation created by the overthrow of the Libyan regime and the emergence of revolutionaries after the dictatorship was eliminated. This turned out to be in their interest and they could indulge in it without participating in the process of nation building. All ...

Jibril al-Abidi

Libya’s Sharara, El Feel oilfields closed by pipeline shutdowns

Sunday, 27 August 2017

A local Libyan brigade has closed down two valves on a pipeline to Sharara oilfield, the country’s largest, to make demands for more fuel supplies and better economic conditions for the Zintan region, a source in Zintan said on Sunday. Another field, El Feel, has also been shut because of the pipeline blockade, and state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) has declared force majeure on Mellitah crude exports due to the closure, two Libyan oil sources said on Sunday. Sharara, which was producing ...

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