Category Archives: Maghreb

Egypt undertakes counter-terrorist raid

Egypt authorities accuse Hasm group ( Arabicحسم‎), which emerged in 2016, deriving from the of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The oldest Islamist movement of Egypt denies the allegations and insists it seeks change through peaceful means only.

The Interior ministry said in a statement announced by state TV channels that its national security forces had information that leaders of the armed Hasm group were planning “to carry out a series of attacks during the coming period to trigger chaos in the country“.

The statement did not indicate whether the suspected fighters were connected to Sunday’s #Giza attack, but informed the Egyptian forces killed them during raids. There were no further details on the operation, but a clarification on weapons and explosives found at the site.

An explosion targeting a bus with tourists, sightseeing in Giza has injured at least 14 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids.

Egypt: Giza tourist bus explosion

A device went off close to the Giza Grand Museum fence as the bus was passing.

It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but Islamist militants have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past.

According to SkyNews there was a group of South African tourists and local guides, some of them are injured.

In December, three tourists from Vietnam and a local tour guide were killed after a roadside bomb hit their bus.

 

 

Zintan military moving to Tripoli

The launch of the second phase of the battle for Tripoli, has been reported by the local portal Al-Wasat.

The spokesman for the General Command, Major General Ahmad Al-Mismari, announced that “the commander of the western military zone, Major General Idris Madi, is heading a large force from the city of Zintan under the Tripoli liberation operations room and has received his combat mission.”

At the moment the Libyan National Army has begun to form additional combat units. This happened after fixing on the western theater of operations, according to the representative of the armed association Ahmed al-Mismari,

He also added that that  the LNA Air Force did not perform any flights on April 22. According to al-Mismari, the forces of the Libyan army were seen above the LNA airbase.

Earlier it became known that the capital of Libya was subjected to rocket fire. According to a number of media outlets, the strikes were inflicted by the forces under the leadership of Khalifa Haftar, however, LNA representatives denied this information.

 

 

Battle for Tripoli ongoing

The fighting intensified on April 20 at the gates of Tripoli (pictured) after the forces loyal to the National Unity Government (GNA) announced an “attack phase” against Marshal Khalifa Haftar‘s troops set to liberate the Libyan capital from terrorist groups.

The troops of the Libyan National Army (ANL) of Marshal Haftar, the strongman of the east of the country, launched on April 4 a counter-terrorist operation to defeat terrorist groups, ravaging the west of the country.

 

 

 

Franco-Italian alliance for cease-fire in Libya

Italy and France have intensified efforts to end conflict in Libya, Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said after meeting his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Rome on April 19.

Naturally we talked about the situation in Libya, which is worrying and holds the attention of both our governments,” Moavero explained at  a joint press conference with Le Drian. Our position, an absolutely joint one, is that a ceasefire must be achieved as soon as possible”.

Le Drian underlined that cease-fire and return to negociations are paramount.

Russia-Turkey support UN Libya action plan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu have reaffirmed their commitment to assist Libyan conflict settlement the Russian Foreign Ministry (MFA) said. The agreement was reach during a telephone conversation on April 18.

Diplomats have exchanged opinions on the situation in Libya, expressing “concern over a serious escalation of the situation due to unceasing clashes between various armed groups in Tripoli that have led to numerous casualties.

Russian side stressed that the profound crisis that enveloped Libya is a direct consequence of NATO’s 2011 intervention,” Russian Minister underlined.

Russian and Turkish diplomacy have confirmed their mutual commitment to enhance the negociations over the ceasefire and peace between the conflicting sides strictly through political-diplomatic dialogue on the basis of the UN Libya Action Plan.

 

US-UK diplomatic efforts in Libya

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt  need of peace and stability in Libya as “global priority“. Both top diplomats reaffirmed their commitment to continued diplomatic efforts in Libya aiming at return to political process.

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