Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Libya ( Forgotten ) Updates August 14 , 2014 -- Summing up Libya right now ( Libya Parliament passes law banning Militias by the end of the year , meanwhile the Militias are fighting like mad and shelling each other in Tripoli , EU and UN demand an immediate ceasefire - but who do they make the demand to ? )

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/13/reports-of-civilians-casualties-following-heavy-shelling-in-western-tripoli/#axzz3AKGUVRAk



Reports of civilians casualties following heavy shelling in western Tripoli

By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Fires blaze in Ghot Shaal where the worst of last night's shelling took place (Photo: Social Media)
Fires blaze in Ghut Shaal where the worst of last night’s shelling took place (Photo:Social Media)
Tripoli, 13 August 2014:
At least five civilians were wounded with unconfirmed reports of a number of deaths last night following heavy shelling of several districts in western Tripoli.
Five wounded were taken to a private Tripoli clinic with reports that other injured civilians were transferred to the Zawia and Abu Sleem  hospitals.
The worst of the shelling took place in Ghut Shaal, where last night the sky was illuminated for miles around by blazes started by the explosions. Most residents in the district fled their houses for fear of the fires and the fighting. The majority of the shells were reported by locals as being fired from the positions of Misratan-led forces.
Ghut Shaal largely supports the Zintanis in the current conflict.
Missiles also fell on Janzur, Swani Road and Airport Road. The bombardment continued into the early hors of the morning.
Military sources on the ground told the Libya Herald that Western Libya Shield forces had again tried to enter the area around the Warshefana town of Zahra. According to Warshefana sources,  three members of Western Libya Shield were killed and 12 others captured.
The claim has not been confirmed.


http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/13/hor-disbands-officially-recognized-and-funded-militias/#axzz3AKGUVRAk

HoR disbands officially recognized and funded militias

By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 13 August 2014:
The House of Representatives (HoR) passed a law today disbanding all officially recognized and funded militias formed after the 2011 February revolution, including Joint Operations Rooms.
The law was voted for by 102 out of 104 Representatives and must be implemented by no later than 31 December 2014.
Ali Saedy, Representative for Wadi Shatti, speaking live on Libyan TV said that the law received a large majority and that some of those who opposed this law felt that it was “not the right time” to dissolve all the militias. Others he said had a different outlook or a different ideology.
On the earlier law passed to call for international help, Representative Saedy said that “no one listened to calls for a ceasefire. We were forced into this law”, he added
Ali Tekbali, Representative for Tripoli explained the low number of voters due to the departure of some Representatives away from Tobruk on various business.

HoR disbands officially recognized and funded militias

By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 13 August 2014:
The House of Representatives (HoR) passed a law today disbanding all officially recognized and funded militias formed after the 2011 February revolution, including Joint Operations Rooms.
The law was voted for by 102 out of 104 Representatives and must be implemented by no later than 31 December 2014.
Ali Saedy, Representative for Wadi Shatti, speaking live on Libyan TV said that the law received a large majority and that some of those who opposed this law felt that it was “not the right time” to dissolve all the militias. Others he said had a different outlook or a different ideology.
On the earlier law passed to call for international help, Representative Saedy said that “no one listened to calls for a ceasefire. We were forced into this law”, he added
Ali Tekbali, Representative for Tripoli explained the low number of voters due to the departure of some Representatives away from Tobruk on various business.


UN and EU demand immediate ceasefire

By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 13 August 2014:
Both the UN an the EU had demanded that the fighting in Libya stop.
In a strongly worded statement released yesterday United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the ongoing violence and the refusal of those in the conflict to heed calls for an immediate ceasefire.
UNSMIL said it “strongly condemns” the refusal to “refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences”.
Although the statement was in response to the violence throughout the country, it specifically condemned the attacks on police and army positions in eastern Libya as well as the “use of military aircraft in combat”.
UNSMIL said it “deplores” the increase in civilian casualties, adding that it was concerned about how the conflict was affecting civilians because of shortages of medical supplies, families being displaced, homes and infrastructure destroyed, and economic activity interrupted.
The mission stated that it was working with international partners to help to mediate a ceasefire, maintaining contact with “all sides” to seek a political solution for the current crisis. It called on all sides to agree to a ceasefire immediately.
For its part, the EU said that the indiscriminate attacks against civilians and their property were “unacceptable and must stop”. It reminded those involved in the attacks that the ICC had to power to ICC to prosecute them and would do so.
“We urge all parties to actively cooperate with UNSMIL, in particular with the team sent to Tripoli to facilitate an immediate cease-fire and ask all sides to respond positively and without delay,” the EU said.


http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/13/breaking-news-hor-calls-in-international-help-to-protect-civilians/#axzz3AKGUVRAk

Breaking news: HoR calls in international help to protect civilians

By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 13 August 2014:
The House of Representatives (HoR) passed a law this morning calling for international help in protecting Libyan civilians.
Details at this time are still unclear . . .


http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/12/tripoli-security-director-assassinated/#axzz3AKGUVRAk


Tripoli security director assassinated

By Ajnadin Mustafa.
File photo of Suweisi in Martyrs Square
File photo of Suweisi in Martyrs Square
Tripoli, 12 August 2014:
Colonel Mohamed Al-Suwaisi, the head of Tripoli Security Directorate, was assassinated today in Tajoura.
He was shot a number of times around midday by unknown gunmen when his car stopped at traffic lights. According to Hashem Bishr, the former head of the Supreme Security Committee, Suweisi had just left a security meeting in the Tripoli suburb accompanied by two colleagues when masked gunmen rushed up and starting firing. After shooting Suweisi dead the gunmen then seized the other two and drove off with them.
Suweisi was appointed head of the National Security Directorate in last October following the resignation of Colonel Mahmoud Al-Sharif. He was in charge of the police in the capital as well as being in overall control of its security.
He had come out in support of General Hafter’s Operation Dignity in Benghazi and was known to be opposed to the Misrata-led Operation Libya Dawn in the capital.
At the beginning of the week he had ordered police officers in Tripoli to return to work. Large numbers have not been at work since the revolution, although they continue to draw their salaries.
A group said to be linked to the Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room has claimed that Misratan and Suq Al-Juma revolutionaries were responsible for the killing. On its Facebook page, the group, calling itself the Official Operations Room, said that Misrata revolutionaries with the help of others from Suq Al-Juma had arrested four people who were planning to take over a camp in Tajoura and that two, whom it labelled as supporters of the former regime, had been killed.  These included Suweisi, it said.
The claim cannot be verified and, given that it appears to contains errors, may be wholly nothing more than dishonest boasting.