Refinery protest causes petrol shortage in Libyan capital

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Protests outside western Libya’s main oil refinery shut down operations for a second day on Monday, causing long queues at petrol stations in the capital Tripoli, a refinery spokesman said.

Essam al-Muntasir of the Zawiya Oil Refining Company said many wounded veterans of the war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi last year were demonstrating in front of the refinery.

“They are not allowing the employees to enter the company and not allowing our tankers to leave,” he told Reuters.

“They say they haven’t received adequate compensation and feel the government hasn’t given them their full rights.”

He would not say if the protesters were armed.

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Libya militias clash in central Tripoli

4th November (Reuters)

Rival Libyan militias fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other in Tripoli on Sunday and set fire to a former intelligence building in one of the worst breakdowns in security in the capital since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

At least five people were wounded and a stray bullet entered a hospital in the city centre, where residents rushed to arm themselves, saying calls to police had gone unheeded. After more than 12 hours, the army moved in.

The violence underscored the challenges faced by Libya‘s first freely elected government, which was approved last week, in reining in the militias that gained power during the conflict that ended Gaddafi’s 42-year rule a year ago and holding together a country riven by regional, sectarian and clan divisions.

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Meeting on Libya and Gaddafi

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4RL

Saturday, 3rd November, 5pm until 8.30pm

SPEAKERS:

Chair: Sukant Chandan

Dr Abdal Aziz – Libyan patriot and expert on Libyan affairs

Mohamed Hassan – former African diplomat and expert on African, Arab and Global South affairs

Asari Sobukwe – All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party

Dave Roberts – peace activist, anti-imperialist socialist and a decades long friend of the Libyan Jamahirya

Libyan from Sirte

This is a free but ticketed event, please send your confirmation of your place to sukant.chandan@gmail.com

This event is a private event and will have security, any disruption to this event is unwelcome.

See more details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/271571699628611/

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Bani Walid Pays Price for Refusing to Accept the Mark of the Beast

Bani Walid in western Libya is being destroyed by US-backed rebel militias. The town has been under siege and was shelled for nearly a month. by Pan-African News Wire File Photos

Pan-African News Wire, October 29th, 2012
By Gerald A. Perreira

It is a year since the brutal killing of Muammar Qaddafi and the installation of NATO’s proxy government in Tripoli. The installed government is not in control and heavily armed militias and foreign mercenaries are running the show.

This past year has been one of chaos and savagery. Thousands have been hunted down, imprisoned or killed. Hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries to flee the persecution. The images emerging from the current siege of Bani Walid are gruesome.

NATO’s henchmen are attacking their own people with bombs and chemical weapons, injuring and killing scores of civilians. Women, children and old people lie maimed or dismembered on the side of the roads, many of them buried in the rubble.

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Libya army has ‘no control’ in Bani Walid: defence minister

AFP29th October 2012

– Libya’s defence minister said Monday that the army has no control over Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, and that armed groups there prevent families from returning home.

“The chief of staff has no control over the town and therefore armed men are able to prevent families from coming back,” Osama al-Jueili told journalists in Tripoli, adding that “gunmen” hold a checkpoint leading to the town.

Fighting in Bani Walid this month displaced tens of thousands of people, Jueili noted, including 30,000 who fled to the nearby town of Tarhuna and 10,000 who went to the capital.

“The town is completely empty except for a small number of people who are living in tragic conditions; there is no activity; the impact of shelling is visible everywhere,” the minister said.

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NATO’s gifts to the children of Libya

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ICRC: Situation remains difficult for population of Bani Walid

ICRC, 26th October 2012

The humanitarian situation remains difficult for the people of Bani Walid in Libya. To help those who fled the city after heavy clashes this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is working with the Libyan Red Crescent to distribute food, drinking water, medicine and other essential items to more than 10,000 people in the nearby cities of Tarhuna and Orban.

Many people have had to get out of Bani Walid since fighting resumed in the city almost a month ago. The number of displaced people has been increasing, especially since clashes intensified about a week ago. Many of them have taken refuge in nearby towns, including Tarhuna (100 kilometres northwest of Bani Walid) and Orban (90 kilometres northwest). “These people are distressed, confused and angry. They left their homes with very few belongings and need help,” explains Asma Khaliq Awan, the ICRC delegate who is coordinating aid in the area.

Medical supplies for Bani Walid Hospital

The ICRC has entered Bani Walid three times (on 10 and 19 October and on 24 October) since fighting resumed there, to deliver medical supplies and evacuate people. The organization had previously delivered medical supplies to the main hospital and Al-Dahra clinic.

On the last of these visits, an ICRC team was able to evacuate seven foreign health workers to Tripoli who had been trapped in Bani Walid since the fighting began early last week. One of the evacuees had her small child.

The ICRC continues to monitor the humanitarian situation in and around Bani Walid as the fighting continues and to offer separated family members the opportunity to maintain or restore contact. The organization is also providing food, water and other essential items to those who have been displaced.

In Tarhuna, displaced people receive assistance directly from the warehouses of the Libyan Red Crescent. “The impressive thing about the whole operation is that all these displaced people have found shelter with host families in Tarhuna,” said Asma Khaliq Awan.

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