Tag: Tawergha

Misrata Municipal Council blocks return of Tawergha

Misrata Municipal Council has urged the Presidency Council (PC) to postpone the return of Tawerghans to their town. On the day the seven-year displaced people of Tawergha were supposed to return, the council said a peace agreement between the town and Misrata had not been fully implemented.

In a statement early this morning the council accused “some parties” of not being interested in putting in place the deal, agreed in June.

Negotiations are on-going between Misrata, tribal elders, Tawergha and the PC to resolve the matter.

Under the deal, Tawergha and Misrata were supposed to receive compensation following the violent clashes between the two in the 2011 revolution. It is the lack of financial remuneration to Misrata that is understood to be one of the issues.

Yesterday the Islamist-dominated Misrata Military Council and the Association of the Families of Martyrs and Missing Persons issued similar statements. They were also annoyed that the bodies of Misratan fighters killed in 2011 had not been found and that certain Tawerghan fugitives remained at large.

A convoy of 100 Tawerghan families leaving from Ajdabiya were stopped near Bin Jawad on the road to Sirte. It is believed they were unable to receive permission from Bunyan Al-Marsous to cross any further.

Another 150 families remain in Bani Walid having lived in the town for some years. They were also preparing to leave for Tawergha.

The PC, meanwhile, accused unnamed parties of “seeking to undermine the agreement” and called on all those involved to work towards returning the people to Tawergha safely. It also said it remained committed to following through with the peace agreement and all its clauses.

Today’s debacle is just the latest example of displaced people not being allowed back to Tawergha. Protestors stormed the PC headquarters in December and accused the government of dragging its feet over their return.

During the 2011 revolution Tawergha largely supported Qaddafi and some fighters were accused of sexually assaulting Misratans and mutilating revolutionary fighters. libyaherald.com

Ambassador to Libya leaves Twitter after false casualty info

Her tweet was picked up by Western media as the primary source for the information. See this Reuters article:

Eight civilians were killed in an air strike near Tripoli on Monday, the U.S. ambassador said, as Libya’s internationally recognized government pressed on with an assault to recapture the capital it abandoned to a rival faction last year …

“Terrible news today from Tarhouna where eight innocent displaced Tawergha killed in air strikes,” U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones said in a tweet, referring to members of a minority group, thousands of whom were displaced after Gaddafi fell.

“This violence serves no one’s interests,” said Jones, who is based outside Libya since most diplomats were evacuated from Tripoli last year.

It turned out that the information was based on rumors and conflicting information from both sides:

The eastern chief of army staff said in a statement its planes had hit a Libya Dawn barracks, not a Tawergha camp, demanding an apology from Jones.

But Mohamed al-Tarhouni, spokesman of the town’s municipality, said nobody had been killed in the strike which he said had hit an empty farm near a camp of displaced Tawergha.

Jones and Louai El-Ghawi, an eastern lawmaker, said there were reports that several family members of a colonel opposed to Libya Dawn had been killed in Tarhouna in an apparent revenge attack, but details were unclear. The eastern chief of staff said Dawn supporters had killed eight members of the family. pjmedia.com

The false info supports Libya Dawn (Misrata Rebels) backed by Qatar (Muslim Brotherhood) & Turkey.

Libyan army condemns tweet about Deborah Tarhuna events and considers «support for terrorists»

“U.S. ambassador to Libya signs off Twitter after vulgar personal attacks”

July 7, 2011 – Ibrahim al-Halbous, a rebel commander leading the fight near Tawergha, says all remaining residents should leave once if his fighters capture the town. “They should pack up,” Mr. Halbous said. “Tawergha no longer exists, only Misrata.” humanrightsinvestigations.org

Residents from the Libyan city of Tawergha sue France

Residents of the Libyan city of Touarga, victimized militia anti Gaddafi during the war in Libya in 2011,  started proceedings against France for legal assistance to the rebels said their lawyer in Paris, Marcel Ceccaldi.
The lawyer sued the French State before the High Court of Paris and claims more than 600 million euros to compensate some 40,000 people forcibly displaced or families of the missing Touarga or 15,000 euros per person, a- he explained. During the war in Libya, Touarga, near Misrata, 200 km east of Tripoli, had long been a strong pro-Gaddafi instead. Its inhabitants were accused by rebel fighters from Misrata have played a key role in the siege of their city by loyalist forces and committing numerous abuses, such as rape.

Susan Rice: Gaddafi ‘supplies troops with Viagra to encourage mass rape’
– White House did tell Susan Rice to lie about Benghazi

A violation of the UN Charter

But after taking Touarga by rebels in Misrata, the city had been deserted as a result of violent reprisals, including looting and fires. These abuses were denounced by Human Rights Watch. In his summons, the Counsel argues that taking Touarga and atrocities that followed were made possible thanks to the coalition air strikes under NATO command, which France played a leading role. However, Resolution 1973 of the Security Council of the UN “provided for the protection of civilians, but did not allow the members of the coalition states to intervene in the conflict,” outlines Marcel Ceccaldi. In his view, it is therefore a violation of the principle of non-use of force posed by the UN Charter, which the French state can be held responsible.
“The consequence is a deserted city, disappeared 2000 and an unknown number of people in prison,” said the lawyer, who has defended several dignitaries of the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi. This procedure is expected to take many months before a hearing on the merits of the complaint. lefigaro.fr

Libya: Displaced people from Tawergha barred from return

Libya: Misrata militias kill unarmed protesters

Libya on the brink as Misrata consolidates power

Oct 13, 2011: Jolie praises Misrata “revolutionaries”:

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