07 December 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Libya


Libya to launch vaccine campaign after shortages
News24, 06 Dec 2018

Libya is set to launch a campaign overseen by the World Health Organisation to vaccinate more than 2.7 million children after months of shortages, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The "national immunisation campaign", organised with the United Nations children fund Unicef, is expected to begin on Saturday, Libya's WHO representative Jaafar Hassan told a press conference.

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US accused of 11 civilian deaths in southern Libya
The National, 06 Dec 2018

The US has been accused of killing 11 civilians in an air strike in southern Libya last month that it said was targeted at Al Qaeda militants. A day after the strike, the US military's Africa Command said it "conducted a precision air strike near Al Uwaynat, Libya, November 29, 2018, killing 11 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb terrorists and destroying three vehicles".

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First group of refugees evacuated from new departure facility in Libya
UNHCR, 06 Dec 2018

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with Libyan authorities, evacuated 133 refugees from Libya to Niger today after hosting them at a Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli which opened on Tuesday.

Most evacuees, including 81 women and children, were previously detained in Libya. After securing their release from five detention centres across Libya, including in Tripoli and areas as far as 180 kilometres from the capital, they were sheltered at the GDF until the arrangements for their evacuation were concluded.

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15 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Libya: survivors
News24, 06 Dec 2018

Fifteen migrants died and 10 others survived 11 days at sea after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday, citing the survivors. The migrants had set off for Italy from the city of Sabratha, west of Tripoli, but their vessel overturned and they came ashore in Misrata some 270km east of their departure point, said Red Crescent spokesman Baha al-Kawash.

The boat was thought to have been swept away by the current due to bad weather, Kawash told AFP.

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Libya to vote on new constitution before February
The Washington Post, 06 Dec 2018

The chairman of Libya’s elections commission said Thursday that the beleaguered North African nation will hold a referendum on a new constitution before the end of February.

The announcement by Emad Al-Sayeh signals a small step toward restoring unity and political stability after years of chaos that followed the 2011 uprising. But authorities have yet to agree on a date or mechanism for presidential or parliamentary elections, and the security situation remains volatile.

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