Tunisia: Libyan Airlines resumes flights to Djerba

Libyan Airlines has announced that it will resume its flights from Tripoli to Djerba in Tunisia, suspended for six years. There will be two weekly flights to Djerba airport, every Sunday and Thursday, the spokesman for the Libyan company told the Libya Herald site. The first flight is scheduled for Thursday, April 6. Although under normal circumstances it is easier and faster to travel between Tripoli and Djerba by road, the road is regularly blocked, whether at the border or near Tripoli. There are several connections between Djerba and France,…

United Kingdom reveals aircraft cabin ban on electronics larger than phones

United Kingdom has announced a ban on certain electronic devices being allowed in the cabin on Britain-bound flights from six Middle East countries. The attempted downing of an airliner in Somalia previous year was linked to a laptop device, and some media reports have claimed that the new security precautions are an attempt to stop similar incidents. A spokeswoman said: ‘Passengers travelling to the countries affected may wish to consider leaving their electronic devices at home, although this may be hard for many, especially business travellers and families travelling with…

Tunisians protest, ban Libyans from entering Dehiba border crossing over end of fuel smuggling

Several Tunisian nationals and residents of Dehiba town in Tunisia, which is a border crossing town with Libya, have gone out in violent protests blocking the crossing and banning Libyan cars from entering Tunisia. The chaos erupted after the fuel and gas crisis commission of the Libyan government has taken measures and stopped nearly all the fuel smuggling movements that were taking place via that border crossing from Libya to Tunisia. “We have received killing threats by some of the Libyans who are directly damaged by the lawful end of…

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince visits Tunisia for bolstering friendship and cooperation relations

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef bin A bdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior pays today visit to Tunisia. This visit is a pillar of bilateral relations, regarding its benefits for advancing and strengthening the relations of friendship  and  cooperation between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Besides, it will open new prospects in the relations with a brotherly country with which we have  strong and constructive relations throughout history that will continue to further succeed significantly given the current level of cooperation confirmed by figures in all fields. In…

Tunisia receives $64M grant from the European Commission

The European Commission (EC), on Friday, granted €60 million ($64 million) to finance the Support programme for Education, Mobility, Research and Innovation (EMORI) in Tunisia. The donation agreement was signed by Minister of Development, Investment and International Co-operation, Mohamed Fadhel Abdelkefi, in the presence of European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas and Ministers of Education, and Higher Education and Scientific Research, Neji Jalloul and Slim Khalbous, respectively. This programme is part of the Single Support Framework 2014-2016, between Tunisia and the EU. It aims to support the…

First post-revolution local polls set for December 17

“The municipal elections will take place on December 17 2017,” president of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar told media on Monday. “The armed forces will go to the polls on December 10, 2017. The municipal results will be proclaimed from December 17 to 20 of the same month and the final results will be announced by January 24, 2018, he said. The special delegations will be dissolved by April 19,” he specified. According to Chafik Sarsar, the voters’ registration will continue from June 19, 2017 to…

Two Kuwaiti writers honored by Tunis Int’l Book Fair

The Tunis International Book Fair honored at the end of its 33rd session on Sunday many literary and novelist figures in Tunisia and the Arab world, including Kuwaiti writers Amal Randi and Latifa Buti, who held a children’s workshop during the exhibition. Director of Tunis International Book Fair Shokri Al-Mabkhout presented certificates of appreciation to both writers for their respective awards in the child literature recently and for their efforts, perseverance and creativity in the field of children’s literature. Al-Randi expressed to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) her pride to be…

Newborn among 480 rescued in Mediterranean

Humanitarian ships rescue 480 people during search and rescue operations in Mediterranean Sea  A newborn, just four days, was one of over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea. The baby was traveling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from North and Central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen and seen drifting some 22 nautical miles north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point currently used by people smugglers in Libya. The operation…

Family of Irish citizen criticise Government after he was shot in Libya

Abduraheem Duibi, an English teacher in Libya, was in a car with work colleagues when it was fired upon by local militia on Saturday, March 4th. Mr Duibi is an Irish citizen who grew up in Dublin but moved with his family to Tripoli five years ago. After the driver was shot, Mr Duibi ran away but was shot in both legs. Mr Duibi bled profusely on the ground for about 30 minutes before being brought to a local hospital for treatment. Libyan hospitals are bereft of drugs and treatment…

Fuel and gas crisis committee confirms success of anti-fuel-smuggling campaign

The fuel and gas crisis committee has confirmed that the intensive campaign it had announced a couple of weeks ago to stop fuel smuggling in western and southern Libya has turned out a great success. “The campaign has achieved great results and limited the percentage of fuel smuggling in a considerable proportion.” The committee said on Facebook. It added that before shutting the land borders by Nalut Military Council in the face of the fuel-smuggling trucks en route to Tunisia, there were about 69 trucks laden with 40.000 liters each, which means…