Two killed, 75 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Benghazi

Image Caption : Members of the self-styled Libyan National Army, loyal to the country's east strongman Khalifa Haftar, patrol the roads leading into the eastern city of Benghazi on February 7, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 09 February 2018
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Two killed, 75 wounded by twin mosque bombing in Benghazi

BENGHAZI: One person was killed and 75 wounded by a twin bombing inside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, medics said.
The blasts took place during Friday prayers, residents said. The devices appear to have been activated remotely using a mobile phone, one military source said. 
Two weeks ago, around 35 people were killed by a twin bombing at a mosque in the same city.
Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar. The LNA was battling Islamists, including some linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda, as well as other opponents until late last year in the Mediterranean port city.
Haftar, a possible contender in national elections that could be held by the end of 2018, has built his reputation on delivering stability in Benghazi and beyond, promising to halt the chaos that developed after a NATO-backed uprising ended Muammar Gaddafi’s long rule nearly seven years ago.
Haftar launched his military campaign in Benghazi in May 2014, in response to a series of bombings and assassinations blamed on Islamist militants.
In past months there have been occasional, smaller scale bombings apparently targeting LNA allies or supporters.


‘Full, peaceful, and unconditional withdrawal’ could spare Houthis in Hodeidah: UAE’s Gargash

Updated 21 June 2018
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‘Full, peaceful, and unconditional withdrawal’ could spare Houthis in Hodeidah: UAE’s Gargash

  • Gargash said that the UN, international aid groups, and the media are all reporting that Houthi militias are “purposefully and deliberately” seeking to manufacture a humanitarian crisis in Hodeidah.
  • Gargash added that Houthi militias are blocking off-loading of aid at Hodeida port.

LONDON: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Thursday that the “full, peaceful, and unconditional withdrawal” of Houthi militia from the city of Hodeidah and its port is the only way to ensure that the situation in the city and its surroundings does not deteriorate.
Gargash added that Houthi militias are “blocking off-loading of aid at Hodeida port,” destroying water and sewage systems, and indiscriminately placing mines, IEDs, snipers and heavy weaponry in residential areas.
Most humanitarian aid to Yemen comes through Hodeidah port, but it is also a conduit for the supply of weapons and ammunition from Iran to the Houthi militias, including missiles used to target Saudi Arabia.
Gargash tweeted his comments a day after the Saudi-led coalition fully recaptured Hodeidah airport, and added that the UN, international aid groups, and the media are all reporting that Houthi militias are “purposefully and deliberately” seeking to manufacture a humanitarian crisis and worsen conditions in Hodeidah and its port.
The minister of state for foreign affairs also said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis would not allow the militias to “divert us from our strategic goals.”