Saturday, Jun 23 2018 | Time 13:31 Hrs(IST)
image
image
  • BJP local leader stabbed to death in Karnataka
  • CM urges Suresh Prabhu to operationalise Hosur airport, start flight svcs to Neyveli, Ramanathapuram
  • Blast at Addis Ababa rally for new Ethiopian prime minister : Reuters witness
  • Amit Shah arrives Jammu, to meet party cadre, address rally
  • PM to launch BJP's campaign for LS polls in UP from Maghar on June 28
  • Mild quake hits Chamba
  • Mobile internet remains suspended on 2nd day in Kashmir
  • Life crippled in parts of Srinagar; Baramulla, Bandipora highways through for traffic
  • Seychelles president visits IIMA
  • Field Marshall Cariappa's life statue unveiled at OTA
  • Stalin, party workers held as they attempt to lay siege Raj Bhavan
  • Amit Shah on maiden visit to J&K after collapse of PDP-BJP alliance
  • I didn't threaten to end Amarnath yatra: Omar
  • Life remains crippled in parts of south Kashmir
  • 16 killed in road accident in Bangladesh
World Share

Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

By Ahmed Elumami
SABRATHA, Libya, Oct 8 (Reuters) An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group.
An organisation called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, a major facilitator of migrant smuggling that recently said it had changed tack and struck a deal with the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli to stop boats setting off across the Mediterranean.
The fighting killed 17 and wounded 164, Omar Abduljaleel, commander of the Operations Room, told reporters in Sabratha, a town west of the capital Tripoli.
The Dabbashi brigade had been guarding the facility west of Sabratha since 2015. It is run jointly by Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italian firm Eni.
The setback for the Dabbashi brigade creates new uncertainty over the control of migrant flows from Libya.
Since a 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey to block crossings in the Aegean, Libya has been the gateway for the vast majority of migrants trying to reach Europe by boat, and the area around Sabratha has been the most common departure point.
From July, the number of crossings dropped sharply, a change attributed to increased activity by Libya's EU-trained coastguard and to the Dabbashi brigade blocking departures in return for offers of amnesty and jobs in the security forces.
Asked whether the Operations Room would stop illegal migration, Abduljaleel said: "God willing we will work on illegal migration after the biggest smuggler has been eliminated."
The Dabbashi brigade has confirmed the retreat from Sabratha, where the Operations Room took reporters on a tour. Several houses in the main street had been hit by rockets or were burned out but otherwise the city was calm.
Both the Dabbashi brigade and the Operations Room, which was created last year to force Islamic State from Sabratha, have links to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
Italian officials have visited Sabratha as part of efforts to block migrant flows from there.
REUTERS JW0456
More News
16 killed in road accident in Bangladesh

16 killed in road accident in Bangladesh

23 Jun 2018 | 11:46 AM

Dhaka, June 23 (UNI) At least 16 people were killed and 40 others injured when a bus hit a roadside tree and overturned in Bangladesh's Gaibandha’s Palashbari Upazila district on Saturday.

 Sharesee more..
Paediatric chewable medicine promises improved treatment against intestinal worms

Paediatric chewable medicine promises improved treatment against intestinal worms

23 Jun 2018 | 9:54 AM

Geneva, Jun 23 (UNI) The World Health Organization (WHO) will begin distributing a paediatric (chewable) formulation of mebendazole to countries with a high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms).

 Sharesee more..

Madame Tussauds in London to have Ramdev's wax statue

22 Jun 2018 | 9:20 PM

London, June 22 (UNI) The Madame Tussauds Museum in London will soon feature a wax statue of yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

 Sharesee more..

Bangladesh promotes religious leaders engagement to check violence: AH Mahmood Ali

22 Jun 2018 | 6:58 PM

Dhaka, June 22 (UNI) Foreign Minister of Bangladesh AH Mahmood Ali on Friday said acts of terror and targeted killings have only strengthened the government’s resolve to eradicate fanaticism and religious intolerance from society.

 Sharesee more..
Swaraj meets EU leadership, hopes for solution to challenges of climate change

Swaraj meets EU leadership, hopes for solution to challenges of climate change

22 Jun 2018 | 6:42 PM

Brussels, June 22 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and held detailed discussions on maximising full potential of India - EU strategic partnership.

 Sharesee more..
image