A foreign source says Libyan warring leader, General Khalifa Haftar is ready to sign a ceasefire agreement. Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says he hoped Turkey would persuade Libya’s U.N.-backed government to do the same thing.
Hafter`s forces have suffered series of defeats at the hands of internationally recognized government forces, which are heavily backed by turkey.
Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates support Gen Haftar.
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres has warned foreign interference in Libya conflict. Antonio Guterres warned the security council on Wednesday that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting.
The oil-producing country descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Since 2014, Libya has been split, with an internationally recognized government controlling the capital, Tripoli, and the northwest, while military leader Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi rules the east.
The warring parties are currently mobilizing forces at the new frontlines between the cities of Misrata and Sirte. Guterres said the conflict is in violation of the U.N. arms embargo, U.N. Security Council resolutions, and commitments made by member states in berlin.
Between April and June this year the U.N. Mission has documented at least 102 civilians deaths and 254 civilians injuries. There had also been at least 21 attacks on medical facilities, ambulances and medical personnel.
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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
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