UN condemns attack on ambulance in south of Libya’s Tripoli
This is where clashes have been ongoing between the UN-backed government and the east-based army.
“UNSMIL is appalled by the attack yesterday against an armoured ambulance in Qasr Bin Ghashir (southern Tripoli), seriously injuring the Director of Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services and 2 paramedics.
“Attacks against health workers constitute a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law,’’ the mission warned.
The east-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli, where the UN-backed government is based.
The fighting has so far killed 443 people and displaced nearly 60,000 others, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
German soldiers set sail for five-month Libyan arms embargo mission
A German frigate carrying 250 soldiers on Tuesday departed at the start of a five-month mission as part of the European Union’s (EU) efforts to enforce a long-flouted Libya arms embargo.
The Hamburg frigate set sail for the Mediterranean from the port city of Wilhelmshaven.
The EU’s Irini mission, launched in May, is tasked with preventing the flow of weapons into war-torn Libya under UN embargo, and gathering information on illegal oil exports from country and disrupting people smuggling in the region.
Cdr. Jan Fitschen said, “We are facing a mission that will present the ship and crew with previously unknown challenges in several respects.
“It is taking place on difficult political and operational terrain.”
Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Libya reports record daily increase in COVID-19 cases
The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Thursday reported a record daily increase of 216 COVID-19 cases as the national tally climbed to more than 3,400.
A total of 3,438 cases have so far been reported with 604 recoveries and 73 deaths, the center said.
The Health Ministry said Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the country and it is difficult to prevent local transmission.
“All of Libya’s municipalities have officially moved from level 3 to level 4 of the pandemic, which means it has become difficult to track suspected cases, as the number of positive cases increases,” the ministry said in a statement.
Turkey ready to host confidence-building meeting with Greece: minister
Turkey told Greece that Ankara is ready to host the fourth meeting for confidence-building measures between the two neighbors, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Thursday.
“We notified the other party that we are ready to hold the fourth meeting in Ankara. We expect the Greek side to attend these meetings,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters late Wednesday in Ankara.
Akar recalled that two of the previous meetings for confidence-building measures were held in Athens, while one of the same kinds was held in Ankara.
Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have escalated in recent days amid Greece’s concerns over Turkish military build-up to conduct seismic research in the waters between Turkey and Libya following a maritime delimitation deal with the North African country.
Ankara and Athens recently launched talks mediated by Germany to solve differences in the eastern Mediterranean. The two neighbors have also been holding negotiations for a while between the military officials in a bid to realize confidence-building measures aimed at preventing confrontations in the Aegean Sea.
Turkey and Greece have a series of ongoing disagreements over their respective continental shelves in the Aegean Sea, as well as the militarization of certain Aegean islands and Cyprus.
UN reports 358 civilian casualties in Libya from April to June
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday reported 358 civilian casualties in Libya, including women and children, from April to June.
Ground fighting was the leading cause of civilian casualties, followed by explosive remnants of war, UNSMIL added.
“The overall increase in civilian casualties was driven by a major escalation of hostilities, despite the calls for a cessation of hostilities by the United Nations and many UN member states,” the Mission said.
UNSMIL renews its call for all parties to the conflict to immediately halt all military operations and respect international human rights and humanitarian law, to protect civilians and allow the authorities to respond to the threat of COVID-19.