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September 26 - October 1, 2014

Weekly Media Monitoring report for Libya
Posted on October 2, 2014

Contents

Compiled by Myriam Maalouf

  1. Violence
  2. Politics
Violence
New Quryna, article dated 26 September 2014, in Arabic

“Libya Dawn” forces announce their control over Warshfana

  • Adel al-Gharayani, political chief of “Libya Dawn” forces, announced the control of his group over all of Warshfana area, south west of Tripoli. 
  • Clashes had lasted weeks between “Libya Dawn” forces and what is known as “Libyan Tribe Army” who support the “Operation Dignity” led by the national army. 
  • Gharayani confirmed the presence of his forces in the region and their spread through many military patrols. 
Middle East Eye, article dated 28 September 2014, in English

Fresh violence rocks Libya as al-Thinni’s government sworn in

  • Renewed clashes in Tripoli killed at least one and injured two others.
  • Violence erupted between “Libya Dawn” and Islamist militiamen. 
  • In Benghazi, 3 people were killed by unidentified gunmen on Saturday. The killings came as part of a series of assassinations targeting civilians and soldiers.
  • The incident came after the so-called “Black Friday” when 10 were killed and 13 targeted in a show of extreme violence.
New Quryna, article dated 30 September 2014, in Arabic

Renewed clashes erupted between the Gaddadfa and the Awlad Suleiman tribes in Sabha

  • Despite town officials agreeing to a ceasefire in Sabha, clashes were renewed between the tribes of Gaddadfa and Awlad Suleiman.
  • Two days before the city had witnessed violent clashes between the two groups despite efforts for negotiations.
  • The constant violence has led to a rattling of normalcy in the city since most services were halted especially banks and gas stations. 

Politics
Al Jazeera, article dated 28 September 2014, in Arabic

Al-Thinni’s government is sworn in today in front of parliament in Tobruk

  • Al-Thinni and his new government were sworn in so that the state could officially sort out the country’s issues. 
  • The government includes 13 ministries run by technocrats. 
  • Parliamentary sources stated that al-Thinni planned to take on the role of minister of defense in addition to his current position.
  • The parliament in Tobruk supports Haftar’s “Operation Dignity” against Islamist extremists while Libyan rebel forces offering their support to “Libya Dawn,” which is in control of Tripoli refuse to acknowledge their existence. 
  • "Libya Dawn” supports the second government that was formed in Tripoli by Omar al-Hasi. 
LANA News, article dated 29 September 2014, in Arabic

Ajdabiya rebels demand to be assigned on oil fields

  • Ajdabiya rebels are demanding their appointment in oil fields since other rebel groups were given positions in oil companies.
  • They released a report about putting up blockades on the road fro Ajdabiya leading to the oases, in addition to stopping oil companies’ trucks from delivering fuel to electricity companies.
  • Officials headed to the area and are trying to stop the protests and are forming a council to look into appointments.  
Al Jazeera, article dated 30 September 2014, in Arabic

Libya rebels refuse negotiations and vow to “eradicate coups”

  • Libyan rebel council in Benghazi and “Libya Dawn” leaders refused negotiations with MPs and the support of the UN stating that these talks were treason to the revolution. 
  • They consider that anyone who accepts the invitation to these talks is a traitor of religion and to the blood of martyrs. The Libyan rebel council sees the negotiations as a move to forget about justice and re-empower the oppressor.
  • “Libya Dawn” announced that they will not stop their armed operations as to keep the revolution alive. 
LANA News, article dated 1 October 2014, in Arabic

Detainees were released in Warshfana in the context of national reconciliation

  • In an effort to negotiate, detainees from the Warshfana tribe were released.
  • Seven detainees were returned to their families in hope of turning a new page of reconciliation in Warshfana. 
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