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Algeria sentences Liberian to death over espionage for Israel

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

An Algerian criminal court has awarded death penalty to a Lebanese-born Liberian national over a case of spying for Israel. The court also sentenced six individuals from Guinea and Mali to 10 years in jail in the same case. A legal source said on Tuesday that the “Ghardaïa court south of Algeria has condemned seven individuals of different African nationalities on a case related to espionage for Israel.” “The main accused Elm al-Deen Faisal, a Liberian national, earned ...

Human Rights Watch: Egypt fight against ISIS threatens humanitarian crisis

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Egypt’s military operations against an affiliate of ISIS in North Sinai is threatening to spark a humanitarian crisis, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The offensive launched on February 9 has “left up to 420,000 residents in four northeastern cities in urgent need of humanitarian aid”, said the New York-based organization. The campaign “has included imposing severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods in almost all of” North Sinai, HRW said in a ...

At least 11 migrants dead, 263 rescued off Libya coast

Sunday, 22 April 2018

At least 11 migrants died at sea and another 263 were rescued on Sunday in two separate operations off the coast of Libya, the country’s navy said. In the first operation, “a coastguard patrol... was able to rescue 83 illegal migrants and recovered 11 bodies in a rubber boat five nautical miles northeast of Sabratha”, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem told AFP. Sabratha is about 70 kilometres west of Tripoli. “The 11 dead migrants drowned when the dinghy overturned but ...

Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli. Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016. The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed ...

Government says number of migrants detained in Libya down sharply

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The number of migrants detained in Libya has dropped by four-fifths since May 2017, a senior government official told AFP on Monday.General Mohammad Bishr, head of a government department set up to tackle clandestine migration, said the number of migrants held by authorities had fallen from 27,000 in May to 5,200.He said that had allowed the closure of 20 of the country’s 53 migrant detention centers since May 2017. He attributed the change to the accelerating repatriation of migrants, ...

Doctors’ strike across Mauritania brings hospitals to near standstill

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Doctors across Mauritania on Monday launched a two-day nationwide strike with several demands including the improvement of hospital services and salary increase. So far, concerned authorities have made no comment.The strike comes amid doctors’ failure to make their demands heard despite promises they have received from Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who pledged a month and a half ago to put in place a committee made up of his adviser and the health minister to study all of ...

Libyan strongman Haftar hospitalized in Paris

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar is receiving treatment at a Paris hospital, his spokesman said late Friday. “During a scheduled visit program to a number of countries, Marshal Haftar felt ill and visited a hospital in Paris for normal checkups,” Ahmed al-Mesmari wrote on Twitter. The 75-year-old Haftar “will be back in Libya within few days,” he added. Contradictory information about the strongman’s health and possible demise had been circulating in Libyan press and ...

Libyan spokesman: No comment on reports of Haftar being treated in Paris

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A Libyan military spokesman declined on Wednesday to address directly reports that key coalition military commander Khalifa Haftar was in the French capital Paris for medical treatment. Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA) that Haftar leads, gave a press statement in the eastern city of Benghazi late on Wednesday, after more than 24 hours of conflicting rumors and reports about Haftar’s health and whereabouts. One high-ranking East Libyan military source told ...

Polisario Front: 30 ‘Sahrawis’ and relatives died on Algeria plane crash

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Polisario Front issued a statement on Wednesday that 30 “Western Sahrawi” people perished on the ill-fated Algerian military plane that crashed near the Algerian capital. “The 30 Sahrawis on board were sick, and were accompanied by other members of their families, men, women and children, who were on their way back after treatment in Algerian hospitals,” the statement read. The Front has declared mourning for a week in memory of the victims. The crash occurred in ...

Eyewitnesses describe moment after crash of Algeria military plane

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers and their families on Wednesday crashed soon after take-off into a field in northern Algeria, killing at least 257 people in what appeared to be the North African nation’s the worst-ever plane crash.The Defense Ministry said those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew.Algerian authorities did not mention whether there were any survivors.One local station reported five people were in a critical state, but it was unclear whether they were ...

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