Libya’s unity government has on Monday said the mayor of the western city of Misrata has died of the novel coronavirus.
Announcing the death, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord said in a statement on its Facebook page “it was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Moustafa Karwad, mayor of Misrata, Monday morning, after a battle against the coronavirus disease.”
The United Nations support mission in Libya, UNSMIL, tweeted its condolences, calling Karwad “a dedicated person totally omitted to serving citizens and the nation.”
Misrata is the home of powerful armed groups that have fought on the side of the GNA in the battle against eastern-based military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who tried to seize the capital last year.
Libya, a conflict-scarred country struggles with mounting cases of COVID-19 weighing on already stretched health services.
Kenyan Teachers To Return To School For Reopening
Kenyan teachers are due to return to school to prepare for reopening following months-long closure as a result of COVID-19.
The teachers service commission has asked teachers to return to schools on Monday to help prepare for their reopening after the coronavirus lockdown.
Schools in the east African country had been shut since mid-march and were due to remain closed until January.
Education minister George Magoha told journalists, although some of the schools had been damaged, most of them are in very good state and can reopen.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to announce the date for school reopening after a national covid-19 conference to be held next week.
South Sudan Flooding Generates Disaster Fear
South Sudan residents in Jonglei State are gripped by fear as a result of flooding caused by heavy rains. Hundreds of buildings have collapsed in the state capital, Bor. Water points and sewage systems have also been damaged.
Director of a government humanitarian agency in Jonglei state, Deng Ajak, says seven of nine counties have been submerged, and Bor city has been hard-hit by the flooding.
Disaster has been predicted if no help comes. It is reported that there would be disastrous consequences if the government and humanitarian agencies do not intervene in the next two weeks as water keeps coming from the Ethiopian highlands.
David Shearer who is the head of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in Juba,, told the security council last week that heavy flooding had affected half a million persons in central South Sudan.
Authorities are urging humanitarian partners to help as residents of several localities have been on the move looking for safe places to stay.
EU Imposes Sanctions On Violators Of Libya Weapons Embargo
The European Union has imposed sanctions on three companies for violating the un arms embargo on Libya. Two individuals were also sanctioned for human rights abuses in Libya.
EU foreign ministers have resolved in Brussels that the sanctions should include an asset freeze for the three companies from Turkey, Kazakhstan and Jordan.
A United Nations report this month accused Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and other states of blatantly defying the international arms embargo on Libya.
The country has been torn by violence since long-time ruler col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011 by NATO-backed forces.
The UAE backs renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar, while the Turkish government supports his rivals in the government based in Tripoli.
The European Union said in a statement, these new listings show the strategic use of its sanctions regime and ability to react to developments on the ground in support of the political process and to deter past and present perpetrators from further violations.
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