Rights group demands safe return of abducted Libyan lawmaker

Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar are fighting the internationally recognized government over control of Tripoli. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 August 2019
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Rights group demands safe return of abducted Libyan lawmaker

  • Seham Sirqiwa is a prominent critic of Khalifa Haftar
  • Her family and friends said she was taken from her home by militants affiliated with Haftar’s forces

CAIRO: Human Rights Watch is urging authorities in eastern Libya to exert “all possible efforts” to ensure the safe return of a female lawmaker abducted from her home last month by armed men.
The lawmaker, Seham Sirqiwa, is a prominent critic of Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are now fighting to take the capital from the UN-backed government in Tripoli.
The New York-based watchdog said Friday that Sergewa’s abduction “follows a well-documented pattern of violence, reprisal, and intimidation” by Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army.
Sergewa’s family and friends allege she was taken from her house in Benghazi by militiamen affiliated with Haftar’s forces. Her husband was wounded during the attack.
Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising and is now split between rival authorities in the country’s east and west.


Palestinian jailed for life for murder of Israeli

Updated 23 September 2019

Palestinian jailed for life for murder of Israeli

  • Fayiz Hamed was found guilty of voluntary homicide and attempted murders
  • The four Israelis were in a car when they came under fire at a crossroads near the settlement of Shvut Rachel in 2015

JERUSALEM: An Israeli military court Monday sentenced a Palestinian to life imprisonment for a 2015 shooting in the occupied West Bank that killed an Israeli and wounded three others, the army said.
Fayiz Hamed was found guilty of voluntary homicide and attempted murders.
The four Israelis were in a car when they came under fire at a crossroads near the settlement of Shvut Rachel on June 29, 2015, the army said in a statement.
The military accused the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, of carrying out the gun attack.
Hamas praised the attack without claiming responsibility.