Asharq Al-Awsat: French Carrier Spots Turkish Frigate Escorting Delivery of Armored Vehicles to Tripoli

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier this week spotted a Turkish frigate escorting a cargo ship delivering armored vehicles to the Libyan capital Tripoli in defiance of a UN embargo, a French military source said.

The cargo ship Bana docked in Tripoli port on Wednesday, said the source, who asked not to be named.

The armored vehicles were apparently intended for the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj.

Libya’s warring parties are led by Libyan National Army (LNA) chief Khalifa Haftar and Sarraj.

UN special representative for Libya Ghassan Salame accused foreign actors Thursday of continuing to meddle in Libya’s conflict, in violation of commitments made at the Berlin Conference this month.

Speaking before the UN Security Council, Salame warned that “these maneuvers to resupply the two parties threaten to precipitate a new and much more dangerous conflagration.”

“They violate the spirit and the letter of the Berlin Conference,” Salame said in an impassioned briefing in front of the 15-member council.

“I urge the parties and their foreign sponsors to desist from reckless actions and instead renew their expressed commitment to work towards a ceasefire,” he added.

World leaders committed to ending all foreign interference and to uphold a weapons embargo to help end Libya’s war during the conference in the German capital on January 19.

Military Police Managed to Capture 17 Illegal Migrants In Eastern Libya

The Military Police of Al-Wahat district in Libya’s northeast has succeeded to seized 17 undocumented migrants of Sudanese nationality coming from the border triangle between Libya, Egypt and Sudan.

The Directorate of Military Police and Prisons announced on late Tuesday that the capture of Sudanese migrants became possible after the office of local military intelligence reported on two vehicles with people on board were moving from the southern region.

“The migrants were arrested in cooperation with the investigation and arrest office belonging to Awjilat town’s Police,” said the military police.

It confirmed that the security organs stay in touch with each other on a permanent basis in the district of Al-Wahat to contribute the public order and combat all kinds of negative phenomena, including illegal immigration exploited by foreign criminal groups as well as local ones operating on the southern border of the country.

 

Over 150 Libyan Media Activists Addressed Collective Note to Libyan Unity Government to Stop Violations Against Journalists

Over 150 journalists and reporters in more than 20 media organizations presented a collective note to the Prime Minister of Libyan government, stressing the need of putting an end to the attacks on journalists and ensure their safety. Continue reading “Over 150 Libyan Media Activists Addressed Collective Note to Libyan Unity Government to Stop Violations Against Journalists”

Former Head of Sabratha Security Council Detained on Criminal Charges

Former Head of Sabratha Military Council Taher Al-Gharabli has been arrested on Thursday night, the Anti-ISIS Ops Room in Sabratha confirmed.

The Security Ops Room of Sabratha, formerly known as Anti-IS Ops Room, announced that its fighters at the Dahman checkpoint, south of the city, captured Al-Gharabli and immediately hand over him to the unit’s headquarters.

According to a statement released by the unit, Taher Al-Gharabli who allegedly has a strong connection to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group has been accused of a number of criminal cases.

“He is supposed to be transferred to the military prison in the neighboring city of Sorman,” statement reads, adding that “members of the Ops Room treated Al-Gharabli well in accordance with the law without exposing him to any violations or ill-treatment.”

Yesterday, some local media reported that an armed group kidnapped the Brigadier General Tahir Al-Gharabli while he was taking his son to school.

Libya To Extradite The Brother of Manchester Bomber Before Year-End

The brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abeidi will be extradited to the UK by the end of this year, head of UN-backed Libyan government Fayez Sarraj said.

Hashem Abeidi was arrested in the capital Tripoli shortly after the Manchester arena bombing in 2017 that killed 22 people. After which, he admitted to supporting his brother to gather all the components of a bomb and assemble it.  As the UK accused Hashem of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.

Al-Sarraj stressed in an interview to the BBC that Libya was “fully cooperating” with the British authorities and denied that Libya had delayed Abedi’s extradition.

“Sometimes it takes a long time, even in other countries,” Sarraj told the BBC. “We cooperate fully because we understand the suffering of the families of the victims of this terrorist attack,” he added. “We are working together with the British Embassy.”

In November last year, Britain issued an arrest warrant against Hashem Abeidi on charges of colluding with his brother Salman who blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 killed and many injured, among them children.

A legal dispute over Hashim’s nationality has delayed his deportation to Britain as he held double nationality – British and Libyan. And it was not clear whether he will be tried in Britain or Libya.