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Libya’s parallel state oil firm in Benghazi selling oil illicitly to UAE, report reveals

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The Togo-flagged tanker was intercepted by the Libyan coast guard [Photo: Internet – Archive]

The International Campaign to Boycott the UAE (ICBU) has accused the UAE of intervening in supporting internal fighting and supporting  Khalifa Haftar for greed in Libya’s oil wealth, where the Benghazi Oil Corporation (BPC) has revealed a sale contract with the Dubai-registered Solaco company, which includes the export of 2 million barrels of crude oil from the port of Marsa Al-Haqqa, which is controlled by Hifter forces to the UAE and sold illegally.

The international campaign said that the UAE is famous for buying and selling smuggled oil from Libya, Iraq, Iran and Yemen and forging all documents for easy marketing and sale, adding that the sale of smuggled oil illegally is a violation of Security Council resolutions.

ICBU stressed that the UAE supports the chaos and war in Libya to continue to obtain its oil and non-oil wealth and take advantage of the differences, wars and destruction to ensure the continued flow of oil and money to the UAE.

The UAE has always played roles in its intervention in the destruction of countries and peoples and destabilization of security and stability such as what is happening in Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and the financing of terrorism, all to keep its economy from collapse and its economic superiority by looting the wealth and wealth of other peoples.

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ICBU called for a boycott of the UAE’s oil and all UAE products and companies because they are all stolen through wars and chaos sponsored by the UAE, whether in the Middle East or Africa, and the United Arab Emirates continues to violate human rights, especially women’s rights and equality before the law.

The boycott campaign calls on the international community to intervene immediately to stop human rights violations in the UAE and to oblige the UAE authorities to respect human rights laws. The campaign also called on all countries that respect human rights laws and the free world to boycott the UAE because they violate human rights on a daily basis, whether in the war in Yemen or with neighboring countries or their citizens or residents.

The boycott campaign said it was launched in light of the endless human rights abuses practiced by the UAE, as well as the war crimes it committed in Yemen and abuses of workers’ rights, as well as the UAE being the center of modern slavery.

The UAE is today one of the leading countries in human trafficking and is a major supporter of terrorist groups in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, it reported.

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Libyan Al-Ahli Benghazi defender signs for Egypt’s Ittihad of Alexandria

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Libyan Al-Ahli Benghazi defender signs for Ittihad of Alexandria. [Photo: Internet]

Egypt’s Premier League side Ittihad of Alexandria have officially confirmed the signing of Libyan defender Ahmed Shalaby on a three-year deal as part of their summer transfer market campaign.

Shalaby has joined Ittihad on a permanent transfer coming from Libya’s Al-Ahli Benghazi.

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Al-Ahli Benghazi was coached by current coach of the Alexandria-based team Talaat Youssef.

Shalaby has a handful amount of games with the Libyan national team and is expected to be a beneficial addition to the team.

The 25-year-old is the latest addition to the Ittihad team who had an important campaign of reinforcements for the team.

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Libya’s GNA forces seize strategic district from Haftar’s forces in south Tripoli

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Fighting rages on in Tripoli. [Photo: Internet]

The Libyan Army’s Burkan Al-Ghadab Operation  (Volcano of Rage Operation) forces have seized full control of the district of Sebea in southern Tripoli after a day-long deadly fighting with Khalifa Haftar’s forces. 

The forces under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) started their attack on Haftar’s forces in Sebea on early Wednesday, clashing with them for over 10 hours before they had control over the district.

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Local media reported the GNA forces as they paraded their presence at the roundabout of Sebea, its neighborhoods, hospital and aviation institute.

The media also said that the fighting saw airstrikes carried out by both sides leading to tens of casualties.

Sebea is very strategic for Haftar’s forces positioned in southern Tripoli, like Qasir Benghashir district, and with the GNA forces seizing it, Haftar’s forces have lost another main supply line of arms, fuel and ammunition just like that of Gharyan over a month ago.

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UN envoy says only political solution can end Libya’s crisis

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Ghassan Salame. [Photo: Libyan Express]

The Head of the UN support mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has praised Malta’s efforts in bringing to light the Libyan crisis in the EU.

Salame who was addressing a press conference with Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, insisted that the Libyan crisis can only be resolved through a political process, Malta Today reported.

Asked what role General Khalifa Haftar should play in a solution to the Libyan crisis, Salame reiterated that only once a political course has been initiated that the question could be answered, it added.

Salame also said that the first step towards a situation of peace in Libya lies in having the current UN-backed truce turned into a permanent ceasefire.

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The UN representative also said that in order for Libya to move forward, the solutions must be spearheaded by Libyans themselves.

“It is Libyans that must decide, no one should force anyone to sit down by force, but past experience in our work has shown that this can be achieved,” he stated.

Salame also called upon the international community to refrain from being passive.

“We must have an international community which properly enforces laws and regulations, when dealing with Libya,” he said.

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100 stranded migrants off Italian coast finally allwoed to disembark on Lampedusa

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Libyan coastguard intercepts Italy-bound migrant ship after ‘sea duel’ [Photo: The Local Italy]

A boat carrying about 250 people, mainly from Eritrea and other sub-Saharan African and Arab countries, capsized last month off the coast near Al-Khoms, east of the capital Tripoli.

Libyan coast guards and local fishermen rescued 134 people while about 115 were missing, bringing the death toll of Mediterranean migrants to over 600 this year.

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That put 2019 on course to be the sixth year in a row with more than 1,000 deaths, UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said at the time.

Meanwhile, nearly 100 migrants who had been stranded on the ‘Open Arms’ rescue ship off the coast of Lampedusa disembarked on the Italian island last night, ending a prolonged stand-off between the Spanish charity operating the boat and the government in Rome.

The migrants, mainly from Africa, were removed from the boat after an Italian prosecutor ordered the seizure of the ship and the evacuation of the people on board.

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Former Trump lobbyists to represent Libyan Investment Authority in Washington

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The New York lobbyists Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz, who once counted President Donald Trump as one of their clients, have registered as foreign agents to represent Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, Politico has reported.

It added on Tuesday that Gerstman, Schwartz and another partner at their firm, Shai Franklin, will work to “change the sanctions” affecting the Libyan Investment Authority, according to a Justice Department disclosure.

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“They’ll also reach out to Congress, the State Department and the Treasury Department as well as the media and the “business and banking sectors,” according to the disclosure.” Politico said.

According to Politico, Gerstman and Schwartz are already familiar with Libya. They opened a Washington office of their firm, Gotham Government Relations & Communications, after Trump’s election and lobbied the White House last year on behalf of a company looking to persuade Trump to back its plan to send private security forces to Libya to facilitate oil exploration, according to Gerstman.

“The company, MHRT International Oilfield Services, paid Gotham $200,000 but the plan ultimately went nowhere. Once the insurgency started in Libya earlier this year, the “possibility of American intervention became unrealistic,” Gerstman wrote in a text message to PI. Gotham is no longer working for MHRT.” It indicated.

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