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Libyans risk their lives in “sinking Terna” in search of “lifelong friends”.



Libyans risk their lives in “sinking Terna” in search of “lifelong friends”.

Eastern Libya, especially the city of Derna, is experiencing a harsh reality following the devastating cyclone that hit the country on Sunday, causing thousands of deaths and casualties, including people from Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Palestine.

The unprecedented, strong natural blow came in light of the political divide that is crossing the country, which has two governments, one supported by parliament in the east and the other in the west, and is in the midst of a collapse on many levels, the most important of which is infrastructure.

Two dams collapsed in the city of Derna, contributing to a significant increase in the death toll, while an official in eastern Libya blamed “inexperience” for the country’s current difficulties in dealing with such disasters.

Marwan Al-Sheri, a member of the Information Office of the General Administration of Coast Guard in Tobruk, said in a statement to Al-Hurrah: “Currently, all local and international teams are retrieving bodies. According to the latest census, the number of dead is around 6,200, and the missing are around 9,000. have reached

While the death toll is estimated to reach around 20,000, the final tally is not yet available as recovery efforts continue in various areas.

Among them 400 “foreigners” … New census of flood dead in Terna

More than 3,800 people have been killed in floods that have hit the Libyan city of Derna, Tariq al-Kharaz, a spokesman for the government’s interior ministry, which has joined authorities in the country’s east, said on Wednesday.

“Alive or dead?”

At 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, as the city of Terna was hit by a powerful typhoon called “Daniel,” a young man named Muhammad Awam (age 38) called his old friends in the city to see them, but the last words he received were that they were in “great danger.” .

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The young man, who works as a civil servant, said in a phone call with Al-Hurrah website that he decided to go with several of his friends from the city of Tobruk and they went on a trip nearby. Terna tries to find friends after the news stops, in light of the weather causing phone lines to stop working.

Awam said the journey usually takes an hour and a half, but this time he drove for more than 3 hours. He added: “My life friends are from Terna, so I decided to go check on them and find out if they are alive or dead.”

Abdul Hadi al-Hawaij, the foreign minister of eastern Libya’s parliament-aligned government, said “almost a third of the city of Derna was leveled” as a result of the flooding.

The disaster of Chit… “an accurate description of what happened” in Terna

A Libyan official and water expert said the collapse of two dams contributed to a rise in the death toll in the northeastern city of Derna, which was hit by Hurricane Daniel and caused flooding and flooding that killed thousands of people. and missing.

Al-Hawaij said in an exclusive interview with Al-Hurrah TV on Wednesday that “the city has suffered an unprecedented disaster,” with several dams collapsing, while 5 bridges collapsed.

Al-Hawaij added that the losses included “other cities such as Sousse, Shahad, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj and Al-Muqaili”.

“Buildings Like Never Before”

Awam continued his speech and explained that when he arrived in town, “the situation is tragic”: “One of my friend’s brothers died, along with his wife and two children. We attended the funeral and the scene was indescribable. . There is another friend whose wife and seven children died.. . No matter what I say, I can’t.” Talk about what’s happening on the field.

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However, the young Libyan tried to describe the horror he saw: “As soon as I saw the country, I immediately cried. There were streets, buildings and cafes that I walked with my friends and could not find them. Everything…they turned into dust. It was as if a building had never existed… “I am destroyed.”

Pictures and videos posted on social media sites showed the extent of the devastation in Terna, with streets and buildings destroyed, trees uprooted and people lifting the covers of bodies lying on pavements to try to identify them.

The city can now only be reached through two southern gateways (out of seven), and electricity has been largely cut off, and its communications network has been severed, according to the International Organization for Migration.

“Egyptians want to stay”

Egypt announced on Wednesday that 84 of the dead had been identified and flown home.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “The Egyptian Embassy in Benghazi is coordinating with the health and security authorities in Derna and the Libyan Red Cross with the aim of determining the exact number of Egyptian casualties and injuries. , and serving to rescue and shelter survivors despite the difficult circumstances surrounding rescue operations due to infrastructure collapse.

For his part, al-Sheri said, “60 Egyptians have survived, some of whom decided to stay.” He explained: “We gave them a choice, some of them decided to return to their country, and some wanted to stay. .”

He pointed out that most of the surviving Egyptians were “in the famous Derna market, some of them died, some of them survived, and among them were women.”

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“From the Hell of Poverty to the Flood of Terna.” Families of missing Egyptians in Libya await news of them.

As soon as you set foot in the villages of Kafr Mid Siraj, Jiris and Shama in Menufia Governorate, Egypt, sadness and fear fill the hearts of people who are hoping for any information about their missing children. The floods that hit the Libyan city of Derna in the past days, known as Hurricane Daniel.

“Bodies Thrown in the Sea”

Local and international rescue teams continue their work along the city’s beaches in the eastern and western parts of Terna.

According to an official of the Coast Guard in Tobruk, “there have been reports of bodies in coastal towns near Derna,” adding: “Most of the bodies were thrown into the sea.”

Regarding the problems they currently face, Al-Sheri said: “Because Libya has never experienced such disasters before, most of the problems are inexperience. We need experts in this field.”

He continued to explain: “Several countries have already sent equipment and rescue teams specialized in rescue operations, such as Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, the Emirates and many others.”

“The priority right now is to recover the bodies and bury them as soon as possible,” Ahmed Zuwaiden, the WHO representative in Libya, told Al-Hurrah TV on Wednesday evening, noting that “a quarter are in hospital centers. The affected area is out of service.”

He emphasized that the current priority is to “return hospitals to work and provide health services to the residents of the affected areas”.

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Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to run as an independent in the US presidential election



Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to run as an independent in the US presidential election

US presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. will announce his candidacy as an independent instead of continuing his long-running bid to defeat President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee, complicating next year’s presidential election.

Kennedy, an anti-vaccination activist and member of a famous American political family, posted a video on YouTube on Friday asking Americans to join him in a “major announcement” in Philadelphia on October 9.

He said he would talk about a radical change in American policy.

Kennedy is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, and the son of former U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential bid.

In April, Kennedy said he would challenge Biden to run for the Democratic nomination against the expected Republican nominee, former President Donald Trump.

Since then, Kennedy has complained that the Democratic Party has “basically blended together” with the Biden campaign, which has cost him a fair chance in the nomination race.

Many polls have Biden ahead of Kennedy.

Kennedy’s plan to run as an independent was first reported on the political website Mediaite.

In response to an emailed question from Reuters about the report, the Kennedy campaign responded by sending out its own video.

Democrats worried that any effort by a third party could shift votes away from Biden.

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Only since the beginning of this year… has the UN been concerned about migrants trying to cross the “death trap”.



Only since the beginning of this year… has the UN been concerned about migrants trying to cross the “death trap”.

More than 2,500 migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe since the start of 2023, an official from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced on Thursday.

“As of September 24, more than 2,500 people are dead or missing,” said Rubin Menegtivela, director of the UNHCR office in New York, during a Security Council meeting dedicated to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. That represents a nearly 50 percent increase compared to “1,680” people during the same period in 2022.

“Without public opinion, lives are being lost on the ground,” he asserted.

He pointed out that “the journey to West or East Africa and the Horn of Africa and Libya and the starting points on the coast is one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.”

He added, “Refugees and migrants traveling overland from sub-Saharan Africa face the risk of death and serious human rights violations at every step.”

According to statistics announced by Ruffin Minisdiola, between the beginning of the year and September 24, 2023, a total of 186,000 migrants arrived in Southern Europe (Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta), including 130,000 for Italy, “an increase of 83 percent compared to the same period in 2022.

In terms of countries of departure, between the beginning of the year and August 2023, more than 102,000 migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia, and 45,000 from Libya.

Of this number, 31,000 were rescued at sea or intercepted and disembarked in Tunisia, and 10,600 are in Libya.

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Referring to the recent influx of large numbers of migrants to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the official stressed that “Italy cannot respond alone to the needs” of these migrants.

UN refugee agency to “establish a regional mechanism for the evacuation and redistribution” of migrants arriving by sea. Menaktivela reiterated the High Commissioner’s call, which raises disagreements among EU member states.

For his part, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia, who requested the meeting, denounced the EU for its role in the “death trap” in the Mediterranean.

The ambassador said: “We have the impression that the European Union is waging an undeclared war against migrants because they have no other, safe route.”

“The European Union only cares about the migration issue when it comes to Ukrainians,” Nebenzia added, expressing her regret that other migrants do not enjoy “the same level of solidarity”.

As for French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, referring to Russian contributions to UNHCR’s budget, he said, “Russia is not, as always, when it comes to responding decisively to humanitarian crises.”

He added, “Wagner’s presence in the Sahel region contributes to the instability of the region, which fuels terrorism and leads to the migration of residents.”

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US punishes former Sudanese foreign minister



US punishes former Sudanese foreign minister

On Thursday, the United States imposed sanctions on former Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti, one of which was based in Russia, and accused him of exacerbating instability in Sudan, where fighting has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of civilians. ..

The move is the latest round of sanctions imposed by Washington since fighting broke out in Sudan in mid-April between the military and Rapid Support Forces..

Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement that “the action will be held accountable for those who undermined efforts to find a peaceful and democratic solution in Sudan.”

He added: “We will continue to target those who work to perpetuate this conflict for personal gain.”

The Treasury Department said it targeted Karti, who was foreign minister under former President Omar al-Bashir, noting that Karti became head of the Sudanese Islamic Movement after al-Bashir was ousted in 2019..

Karti has been a prominent figure among the veterans and loyalists of Bashir’s regime since the Sudanese army seized power in 2021 and overthrew the civilian area..

The Treasury Department added: “(Karthi) and other Sudanese militants are actively obstructing efforts to reach a ceasefire to end the current war.”

Also sanctioned was Sudan-based GSK Advance, which the Treasury Department said was used as a procurement vehicle for Rapid Support Forces..

The company is said to be coordinating with Russia-based military supply company Avia Trade, which has been targeted by sanctions, to arrange for the purchase of spare parts and supplies for drones previously purchased by Rapid Support Forces. Training work..

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a separate statement that Washington moved this week to impose visa restrictions on people it considers part of efforts to undermine the democratic transition in Sudan..

The new sanctions come after actions taken against the deputy commander of the Rapid Support Forces this month and sanctions imposed by the US in June on companies accused of fueling the conflict..

The measure freezes the assets of targeted individuals in the U.S., generally prevents Americans from doing business with them, and also exposes those who engage in certain transactions with them to economic sanctions..

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