Archive for November, 2016
Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is set to make an official visit to Libya on Monday. Some reports suggest that the Greek government plans to reopen its embassy in Tripoli and rebuild diplomatic ties with Libya. Greece closed its embassy in July 2014 after violent clashes and civil unrest rocked the country.
Libyan forces faced fierce resistance on Saturday from Islamic State militants defending a final strip of land in their former stronghold of Sirte, losing at least five men, officials said. Forces led by fighters from the city of Misrata and backed by U.S. air strikes have taken all but a few dozen houses near Sirte’s […]
An Egyptian appeals court has upheld a 20-year sentence for the deposed president Mohamed Morsi. Saturday’s ruling is the first final verdict against Morsi on charges arising from the killing of protesters during anti-government demonstrations in 2012. London-based Amnesty International has denounced the initial trial as a “travesty of justice”.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Washington on Tuesday to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on bilateral relations and several regional issues, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement. “The visit will aim at strengthening the Egypt-U.S. relations and stress the importance of achieving the Egyptian-U.S. common interests, particularly […]
Algerian Defense Ministry said Sunday that four armed militants surrendered to security authorities in the southern part of In Amenas near the Libyan border. “Following the considerable counterterrorism efforts of the People’s National Army, four terrorists surrendered on Sunday to security authorities in the border area of Tarat, the military operation sector of In Amenas,” […]
The Tunisian and Algerian armed forces conducted joint military exercises off Tabarka from November 22 to 28, baptised “Morjane 2016″, announced Monday the National Defence Ministry. In a statement, the department said that these manoeuvres are part of the joint training of the Tunisian and Algerian navies to face the possible
Egypt on Sunday denied Arab media reports claiming that it had a military presence in Syria, days after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed his support for the Syrian army. “These claims only exist in the imagination of those who promote them,” the foreign ministry said in the statement. On Thursday, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir said […]
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned recent clashes between members of the former Seleka rebellion in the Central African Republic, urging armed groups to immediately end the violence. These clashes between armed groups from ex-Seleka in Bria, northeast of Bangui, killed 85 people and displaced nearly 11 000 people, according to the UN.
Libyan forces resumed their advance on Thursday against Daesh militants holding out in a few streets in their former stronghold of Sirte, saying they had captured 25 houses and a stash of arms. Backed by US air strikes, the Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the militants to a small patch of land […]
Algeria has renewed its call to the Libyan people to set on the inclusive negotiations table, and adopt national reconciliation to transcend its crisis. This came in the speech of the Algerian
In an interview on Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s support of General Khalifa Hafter and his self-proclaimed “Libyan National Army” (LNA). “It is our country’s priority to back up national armies, for example in Libya, to assert control over Libyan territories and deal with extremist elements,” said Sisi.
An Egyptian military source on Thursday denied media reports claiming that Egypt had sent fighter pilots to Syria to assist the Assad regime against armed opposition groups. “Egypt does not send [military] forces abroad without an official announcement by its national defense council and council of ministers,” the source, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions […]
The UN Integrated Multifaceted Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) stepped up patrols and called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town, a press release said here Tuesday. According to the press release, the clashes broke out between armed elements of the Front […]
Clashes between rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have left at least 16 people dead and several thousand civilians displaced, the UN said on Wednesday, warning of “targeted assassinations” against ethnic Fulani. “There have been at least 16 confirmed death and thousands displaced,” Vladimir Monteiro, spokesperson for the United Nations peacekeeping force Minusca, […]
Violent clashes between Pygmy and Bantu people have erupted once again in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a provincial governor said on Wednesday, appealing for calm. But Richard Ngoyi Kitamala, the governor of Tanganyika, denied reports that there had been “killings” in Muswaki, about 70km east of the provincial capital Kalemie.
Boko Haram jihadists have raided three villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing five people and setting fire to several homes and fields, residents told AFP on Thursday. Armed members of the extremist group on Wednesday sped into the villages of Huyum, Sabongarin Huyum and Wasada on motorbike, killing five villagers and looting their property before setting […]
An Egyptian security official says the death toll from the previous night’s militant attack in Sinai, which included a suicide car bombing, has reached 11. No one has claimed responsibility for the assault, in which eight troops were initially reported killed.
UNSMIL expressed regrets over the flare-up of tribal fighting in Sebha which claimed the lives of 20 people and injured over 50 others. The mission welcomed in statement Monday the ongoing reconciliation efforts, appealing to the national and local authorities to prevent further escalations. Head of UNSMIL, Martin Kobler offered condolences to the families of […]
Khaled Najm, media minister in Libya’s Tobruk-based government, has announced his resignation citing a recent deterioration of security in the eastern city of Benghazi. The move came in the immediate wake of a bombing that rocked a Benghazi school on Monday, which left three people dead — including two children — and another 26 injured.
French Foreign Minister, Jan mark Airolt, expressed concern over developments in Libya, Yemen, and Iraq. The French Minister ruled out in statement quoted by the Algerian news agency, Monday a military solution to the Libyan, Yemeni and the Iraqi crisis. He said fighting daesh should only be through the military action, calling for prusing dialogue […]
The Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, met Monday with the US ambassador in Algeria Joan A. Polaschik to discuss the situation in Libya.
A Kenyan official says police officers killed four suspected extremists at the Somali border, a region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab. North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said on Sunday that police killed the men while ambushing a group of about 20 suspected members of a cell of al-Shabab militants […]
An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday quashed one of two life sentences handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi since his 2013 overthrow, his lawyer and a judicial source said. It is the second appeals victory in a week for Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood movement has been blacklisted and subjected to a crackdown that […]
Forces loyal to Libya’s government of National Accord said on Monday that they are closing in on the last Islamic State group fighters in the coastal city of Sirte. The pro-GNA forces said they managed to dislodge ISIS fighters from a fortified school in the Al-Giza Al-Bahriya district that the jihadists had fiercely defended.
An attack by Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadists against a Lake Chad army base manned by an anti-insurgent regional force has left six Cameroonian soldiers dead, a military source said on Tuesday. “Boko Haram attacked a base of the Mixed Multinational Force on the island of Darak [on Lake Chad] at around 2200″ on Monday, said […]
Senior army officials from the 5 + 5 Defense Initiative met on Tuesday in Algiers to assess the progress of the 2016 action plan and finalize the 2017 plan. The 5 + 5 Defense Initiative includes five Maghreb countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania and five EU countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta.
At least 20 members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been killed and 40 injured in two days of fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi, a hospital official said on Wednesday. The clashes come as the LNA, a force loyal to the country’s eastern government, tries to extend its grip on the port […]
Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday conveyed a message of support for Lebanon’s stability from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to newly-elected President Michel Aoun. During their meeting in Beirut, Shoukry invited the Lebanese president to visit Egypt.
At least 23 militants were killed during security force raids in three cities of the restive northeastern North Sinai province, Egyptian Defense Ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, the operations killed 13 militants in the city of Arish and 10 in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. Security forces also destroyed a […]
The European Union (EU) on Thursday pledged more than 700 million euros (about 744 million U.S. dollars) in aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) , a poor country coming out of one of the worst conflicts in its history. The pledges were made at the Brussels International Conference for the CAR, which drew delegations […]
The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said his country is consulting with Algeria to hold an urgent meeting on Libya. In an interview with the Tunisian television, Jhinaoui said that Tunisia deals with Libya’s Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj adding that “unfortunately, the
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is warning of a “very real risk of mass atrocities” in South Sudan and that peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country will not be able to stop such a bloodbath. Ban told the Security Council in a report released Wednesday that the United Nations must clearly define what actions […]
With Mali’s hard-fought peace deal foundering and jihadist groups back on the offensive, the west African country could be headed for fresh chaos, experts say. Malian, French and the United Nations forces deployed to safeguard the country after a 2013 jihadist offensive in its vast arid north have increasingly come under attack this year. Only […]
The United States will in the coming days present a draft Security Council resolution that would impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on South Sudan, Ambassador Samantha Power said on Thursday. The move followed United Nations warnings that after nearly three years of war, the country risked descending further into violence, mass killings and […]
A UN Security Council delegation visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for peace as the country moves to reschedule its November election. Francois Delattre, France’s UN ambassador, said on Saturday the country’s election discussions must be more inclusive.