Syrian killing of civilians a ‘war crime,’ says OIC

Logo of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). (Photo courtesy: social media))
Updated 02 March 2018
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Syrian killing of civilians a ‘war crime,’ says OIC

JEDDAH: The killing of hundreds of civilians in the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghoutha is a war crime, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said.
The OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission said the targeting of non-combatants breaches Islamic teaching and is a violation of international human rights law.
The commission echoed an appeal by the UN Secretary General that “to stop this hell on earth” and called on the Security Council to halt the “colossal human suffering.”
A “humanitarian pause” to allow aid deliveries and the evacuation of the sick and wounded is needed immediately, it said.
The OIC has described the Syrian conflict as the “worst humanitarian and refugee disaster of our time.” Fighting in the country in the past seven years has left more than half a million people dead and 10 million homeless.


Libya’s state oil firm confirms LNA control of oil ports

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Libya’s state oil firm confirms LNA control of oil ports

VIENNA: The head of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed on Friday that Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) had regained control of the key oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, and said he hoped operations would resume in the “next couple of days.”

NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said Libya had been losing 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production after clashes between the LNA and rival factions closed the two terminals.

The LNA took the ports back on Thursday in heavy fighting, a week after an attack by anti-Haftar armed groups had forced them to withdraw.

“We lost 450,000 bpd in last eight to nine days and hopefully in next couple of days we can resume operations,” Sanalla told reporters ahead of an OPEC meeting in Vienna.

A fire that broke out at a third storage tank in Ras Lanuf on Thursday had been put out, he said.

“We had a minor fire yesterday and we extinguished it and the situation there is good. We will make the assessments and then resume operations as soon as possible.”

Two other storage tanks at Ras Lanuf had caught on fire earlier in the fighting, causing extensive damage.

Libya’s national oil production has dropped to between 600,000 and 700,000 bpd due to the closure of the ports.