Mitiga Airport suspends operations after second strike

By Libya Herald reporters.

Tripoli, 25 November 2014:

Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport has suspended all flights following this morning’s air raid, which apparently caused widespread panic among waiting passengers. All carriers are being diverted to Misrata . . .

Price hikes, security top Ramadan worries in Libya

By Essam Mohamed


Ramadan has a different flavour this year in Libya. Security concerns are growing as fast as the price of milk, meat and other staples.

Economy Minister Mustafa Abu Fanas tried to pre-empt the price hikes by saying that the country had 6-month supplies of certain commodities. ”We’re always following up on stocks to ensure we have enough,” Abu Fanas added.

However, Jalal al-Zatrini, owner of a big food supermarket in Tripoli, said prices changed one week before Ramadan, and milk and its derivatives went up by a quarter dinar.


“The problem is that markets are very crowded because of families’ failure to get their needs well before Ramadan; most families get them at the end of Shaaban although they can get some before that,” said Nahla Bin Mahmoud, a 40-year-old housewife.

“These things aren’t affected by anything except employees waiting for their salaries,” she said.

The increase in the price of meat has also been noticeable. The economy minister attributed this to attacks on a number of farms during the revolution, the death of livestock because of a dependency on foreign labourers who left the country, and also because of Libya’s dependency on importing large quantities of sheep and camels, which stopped.

“We have a plan as of now for Eid al-Adha to provide up to 1 million head of sheep, and the Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Economy’s plan in this regard,” Abu Fanas said.

Kamal Adin al-Maslati, 35, noted that prices for meat had gone up “by two dinars and more”.

“It’s difficult to control price hikes these days, due to the spread of arms and inability of control agencies, municipal guards and judicial officers to follow up on prices or do their jobs seriously without fear because they lack resources,” he told Magharebia.

“I think that it’ll take some time before prices stabilise and the army and police are activated,” he added.

“The biggest thing worrying me is what’s happening in Benghazi, which I hope will be stabilised now that the special operations troops have been deployed,” said Youssef al-Jebali, a 62-year-old retiree.

“I hope they will put an end to security breaches so people can live the joy of Eid and life go on. I also hope that the government will declare a state of emergency during Eid and be cautious,” he said.

Laila Salem a 35-year-old Tripoli resident, said: “We are worried but it will not stop us from celebrating Eid.”

“What bothers us are the power outages and the unknown that could hit us due to the absence of the police and the army,” added Khalifa al-Mahmoudi a clothing store owner

Still, he said, sales were good.


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Libya’s new military chief sworn in

August 6 2013

By Esam Mohamed

Tripoli –

Libya’s Congress has sworn in a new defence minister despite a continued show of force by gunmen carrying out near-daily attacks on security forces.

Congress on Monday approved Abdullah al-Thani as the country’s military chief.


Security Concerns Force FIFA To Move Libya, Togo World Cup Clash

World soccer’s ruling body FIFA has moved Friday’s Group I tie between Libya and Togo to Tripoli after clashes between protesters and a militia killed at least 31 people on Saturday in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi where the game was initially scheduled to be held.

But the move was not enough to convince some Togo players to make the trip. Togo player Alaixys Romao has decided not to go to Libya while striker Serge Gakpe said the trip to the North African country is not worth risking his life for.


Libya to move four state companies to Benghazi

By Ghaith Shennib

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya said on Wednesday the headquarters of three more state firms as well as the state energy corporation would move from Tripoli to the eastern city of Benghazi, in a measure intended to devolve more authority to the oil-rich region.

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Government instructs NOC to move to Benghazi

By Ahmed Elumami and Michel Cousins.

Tripoli, 5 June 2013:

The government has ordered the NOC to move to Benghazi. A cabinet notice issued today instructs the Ministry of Oil and Gas to take “the necessary measures, in coordination with the relevant authorities” to facilitate the transfer. Along with the NOC, the government has also ordered Libyan Airlines, the Libya Company for Insurance and the Internal Investment Company to go to Benghazi.

Libya Herald

Cyrenaica declares autonomy

By Essam Mohamed

Libya’s oil-rich eastern region declared self-governance on Saturday (June 1st). A day after the announcement by the Cyrenaica Transitional Council, the General National Congress (GNC) discussed the issue and promised to release a statement condemning the declaration.

“Cyrenaica is a federal territory within the framework of the Libyan state, and as of Saturday June 1st, will start to run its own affairs,” said Cyrenaica council chief Ahmed Zubair al-Senussi, speaking in the eastern city of Marj.

Hollande: No military intervention in Libya

By Nihal Zaroug.

Tripoli, 2 June 2013:

French President Francois Hollande has moved to quash rumours of plans of military intervention in southern Libya to crack down on Islamist militants said to be now based there.

Libya Herald