Archive for July, 2016
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Thursday announced the beginning of the initial phase of voluntary relocations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Tomping Compound to the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site 3 adjacent to UN House in the capital Juba, a UN spokesman told reporters here.
The Tunisian army killed two suspected militants on Wednesday in the north-west of the country, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. “Military units, reinforced by elements of the National Guard killed two terrorists during search operations” near the town of Jendouba, the ministry said in a statement. A soldier was wounded during the fighting, […]
Tunisia is committed to safeguarding the unity of Libya and restoring its security and stability, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui Saturday told his opposite numbers at an Arab Summit preparatory meeting in Nouakchott, Mauritania. He also reiterated support to Fayaz Seraj’s Government of National Accord and said Tunisia urges stakeholders to carry on dialogue to arrive […]
The UN Security Council on Tuesday demanded all armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) “immediately and unconditionally” cease all forms of violence and release children from their ranks. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council urged the CAR authorities to urgently implement reconciliation in the country, while noting the security situation in […]
Japan’s foreign minister says his country will spend $120 million to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Africa. Fumio Kishida told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the money would be used to strengthen information and data collection in Africa, improve border controls with cutting-edge technology and improve criminal justice enforcement among other things.
The United Nations says it is suspending aid to dangerous areas of Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state after Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy. The military and the UN Children’s Fund say two soldiers and three civilians were wounded in Thursday’s attack, including a Unicef employee and a contractor for the International Organisation for Migration.
Boko Haram Islamic extremists ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, wounding three civilians including a UN worker, and two soldiers, the army and UNICEF said. The attack comes as aid agencies are warning that children are dying of starvation daily among more than 500 000 people in need of […]
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt and discussed the emerging security challenges, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Tuesday. “The COAS met with Egyptian president. Regional security and prevalent/emerging security challenges discussed,” DG ISPR Lieutenant-General Asim Bajwa said in a tweet.
Restoring security in the northern regions of Mali has been debated at the 10th ordinary session of the Agreement Monitoring Committee, held in the Malian capital Bamako on 25 and 26 July, said Malian media. The Committee is in charge of the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, stemming from Algiers Process.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday authorised UN countries to help eliminate Libya’s stockpile of chemicals that could be used to develop toxic weapons amid concern they could fall into the hands of militant groups. Libyan authorities told the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), last Saturday […]
Egypt is hosting high-profile talks among Libya’s top political and military figures aimed at resolving the war-ravaged country’s political deadlock, officials said on Thursday. The head of Libya’s UN-brokered unity government, Fayez Al Serraj, has met over the past two days with Aqila Saleh, the head of the Libyan parliament. Saleh was also to meet […]
At least eight people were killed on Tuesday when two huge bombs went off near Mogadishu’s airport, including one close to the UN’s political office in the Somali capital, a security source said. An AFP journalist at the scene heard gunfire after the explosions tore through the area, one of which was believed to be […]
Malian special forces arrested a senior figure from the Ansar Dine jihadist group on Tuesday close to a central military base where he is accused of planning an attack that killed 17 soldiers. “Today, at around 16:00 (16:00 GMT) our special forces captured Mahmoud Barry, alias Abou Yehiya,” one of the most senior figures in […]
President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday expressed Algeria’s condemnation of the terrorist attack perpetrated in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and its solidarity with France in such a tragic moment. “It is with strong emotion that I learnt the terrible news of the terrorist attack on a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, during which a priest […]
Algeria and Niger expressed, Wednesday in Algiers, their readiness and commitment to further strengthening their relations and foster cooperation in various fields. “We are very pleased about the quality of cooperation between Niger and Algeria, especially in the security field,” Niger’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad Ibrahim Yacoubou told the […]
Algerian security forces destroyed six suspected terrorist bunkers and three homemade bombs in three northern provinces on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The operation, in the provinces of Tizi Ouzou, Jijel and Skikda, was part of the fight against terrorism, the ministry said.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to Washington on Tuesday evening to participate in the ministerial meeting of the international anti-Islamic State group coalition hosted by the United States, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry announced. According to statements by foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, Shoukry is set to attend the meeting held […]
Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Saturday in Nouakchott that Algeria in September will host an international conference on democracy in the struggle against violent extremism and terrorism. Speaking during the Arab Foreign Ministers Meeting, preparatory to the 27th Arab Summit in Nouakchott, Messahel announced that Algeria “faithful of […]
Algerian counter-terrorism forces on Friday killed a terrorist in the upper woods of Boumerdes province, 55 km east of Algiers, the defense ministry said on Saturday in a statement. The militant was identified as B. Reda, alias Abu Shihab, who joined terrorist fiefs in 2006. An automatic gun, a grenade and ammunition were retrieved, said […]
The Malian government on Thursday declared a state of emergency, a day after an attack in the centre of the country left 17 soldiers dead and 35 wounded. The government said the state of emergency would last “for a duration of 10 days” following the attack at at an army base in Nampala.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said on Thursday his country was serious about pushing forward peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “Egypt’s recent serious effort aims to break the deadlock that has hung over peace efforts,” he said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
Mali’s justice ministry announced on Thursday it had opened an investigation into the deaths of 17 soldiers killed in an attack on their base, as Malians observed the first of three days of mourning. The government declared a state of emergency after two groups – one jihadist, the other ethnic – both claimed to have […]
The UN refugee agency reports that 26 000 people have fled South Sudan to Uganda this month. Andreas Needham, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, said on Friday that thousands of South Sudanese have left their country since fighting erupted on July 7 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting Vice President […]
Libya’s government has summoned the French ambassador amid concern over the French military presence in the country. Three French officers were killed last week in eastern Libya, and the French government acknowledged that special forces are operating there as part of Western efforts to support the unity government.
The UN’s special envoy on Libya on Tuesday called on all the country’s armed groups to unite against ISIS. “The fight against Daesh, which is the number one enemy, must be a Libyan fight and a united fight,” said Martin Kobler, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, after meeting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in […]
President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday three French soldiers were killed in a helicopter accident in Libya during an intelligence-gathering mission in the North African state. They are the first confirmed Western military casualties since it became known this year that special forces were operating on the ground in Libya. “At this moment we are […]
China delivered a stealth corvette to the Algerian Navy last week, marking a new high in the nation’s export of military ships. The C28A-class guided missile corvette was commissioned by the Algerian Navy on July 12 at a port of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group in Shanghai, becoming the third of its kind in the African country’s […]
Algeria has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a military camp in Nampala, Mali, on Tuesday, the spokesman of the ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. “We strongly condemn the terrorist attack perpetrated Tuesday against a military camp in Nampala, Mali,” Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said.
South Sudan has topped the peace and security agenda at the recent African Union summit, with leaders looking for a “quick solution” to the recent outbreak of violence there. AU peace and security commissioner Smail Chergui told journalists, following the end of the AU summit on Monday, that heads of states “indicated we have to […]
Libyan rival politicians are meeting in Tunisia to search for a way to break the deadlock in the country’s crisis, including changes to the UN-brokered road map for its political future. Libya is split between rival governments and parliaments based in the western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes.
More than 5 000 people have fled crisis-hit South Sudan into neighbouring Uganda since the latest outbreak of violence began on July 7, the UN said on Tuesday, voicing fears that more could follow. An estimated 90% of those who have crossed the border in recent days were women and children, the UN refugee agency […]
Seventeen soldiers were killed and 35 wounded in central Mali on Tuesday in an assault on their base that authorities called a “coordinated terrorist attack”. “The toll has increased: we have lost 17 men and 35 are wounded,” Mali’s defence minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said. Authorities had earlier announced that 12 soldiers were killed. Coulibaly […]
A Ugandan-led rebel group operating in Central Africa abducted 498 civilians and killed 17 others in the first half of this year, a watchdog organisation said on Wednesday, suggesting a resurgence of the group whose leader is the target of an international manhunt. The attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army happened mostly in the eastern […]
A statement from the Turkish foreign ministry late Tuesday greeted Libya’s UN-backed unity government as it moved into its new headquarters in the country’s capital. “We welcome Libya’s unity government’s move into the government building in Tripoli,” the statement said. Turkey will continue to “strongly” support Libya’s territorial integrity and national unity, it added.
A militant cell with alleged links to Daesh’s Libyan branch was dismantled by Moroccan security forces in the cities of Agadir, Amezmez, Chichester, Ait Melloul and Laqliaâ on Thursday, according to the Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ).