Libyan government announces Tripoli cease-fire deal

Libyan militiamen loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), Libya’s internationally recognized government, celebrate their advances on the field in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on September 25, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018

Libyan government announces Tripoli cease-fire deal

  • The agreement was signed by representatives of the capital and the town of Tarhuna
  • The clashes which erupted on the capital’s southern outskirts on August 26 have left at least 117 dead

TRIPOLI: Libya’s internationally recognized government Wednesday announced a new cease-fire deal to end a month of fighting between rival militias south of Tripoli that has left more than 100 dead.
The agreement was signed by representatives of the capital and the town of Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The deal ratified by interior minister Abdessalem Ashour calls for the rivals to implement a UN-brokered accord, signed on September 4, to form a joint security force of police from Tripoli and Tarhuna to patrol the capital’s southern suburbs.
The Government of National Accord (GNA), in a statement, welcomed the halt to fighting that already took effect on Tuesday.
The clashes which erupted on the capital’s southern outskirts on August 26 have left at least 117 dead and more than 400 injured, according to a fresh casualty toll issued by the GNA.
More than 25,000 people have been displaced by the violence.
The Libyan capital has been at the center of a battle for influence between armed groups ever since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was ousted and killed in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
The latest feud has pitted armed groups from Tarhuna and Libya’s third city Misrata against militia forces from Tripoli under the nominal control of the GNA.


Egypt’s King Salman International University to be completed in 2020

Construction of the university started in July 2017. (King Salman International University)
Updated 48 min 40 sec ago

Egypt’s King Salman International University to be completed in 2020

  • President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the university progress and was briefed on the facilities of the university branch

DUBAI: Construction of King Salman International University in Sharm Al-Sheikh is in progress and scheduled for completion in March 2020, Egypt’s local press reported on Saturday.

Construction of the university started in July 2017, which when built will house 10 colleges including tourism, languages, architecture, arts and design.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the university progress and was briefed on the facilities of the university branch.

The King Salman University currently has three campuses in the South Sinai province: at El-Tor, Sharm El-Sheikh and Ras Sidr.