Libyan Tawergha families displaced in 2011 to return home

Fayez Serraj. (AFP file)
Updated 27 December 2017
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Libyan Tawergha families displaced in 2011 to return home

BENGHAZI: Libyan families displaced from the town of Tawergha after being driven out by militias following the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that evolved into a ruinous civil war can return in February, the head of the UN-backed government in the capital, Tripoli, said.
The decision, announced Tuesday by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, follows a reconciliation deal between representatives of Tawergha and the city of Misrata, which previously fought on opposing sides. Serraj's government ratified the agreement in June.
Tawergha was used as a staging ground for attacks on Misrata during the uprising that eventually toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Anti-Qaddafi militias, mainly from Misrata, ransacked the town and drove out its residents, believing they had aided Qaddafi's forces. Tawergha, located some 38 km south of Misrata, has been a ghost town since.
Tawergha's residents have since been living in camps and makeshift housing across Libya. Human Rights Watch estimates the number of those displaced from the town to stand at about 40,000. The Tawergha community is a racially distinct group with darker skin than most Libyans, making it even harder for them to navigate the country's chaotic post-revolutionary environment.
Libya descended into chaos since 2011 and is now split between rival governments and myriad militias.


Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed

Updated 7 min 54 sec ago
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Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed

  • Wissam Al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations in recent months demanding clean water and reliable electricity in Basra
  • Al-Ghrawi was shot and killed in front of his house in the city center by unknown assailants

BASRA: Iraqi police say a Muslim cleric has been killed outside his home after he suggested that demonstrators should take up arms over poor public services in Basra.
Wissam Al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations in recent months demanding clean water and reliable electricity in the southern Iraqi city. Basra province generates more than 90 percent of Iraq’s oil exports but suffers from contaminated drinking water and regular blackouts.
Basra police say Al-Ghrawi was shot and killed in front of his house in the city center by unknown assailants late Saturday.
Al-Ghrawi was filmed at a protest on Friday saying clerics would issue a fatwa within days on taking up arms. The video was shared widely on Iraqi social media.