Haftar receives ‘important’ message from Egypt’s El-Sisi

In this file photo released by the Egyptian Presidency on June 6, 2020, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C), Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar (R) and the Libyan Parliament speaker Aguila Saleh (L) take part in a joint press conference in the capital Cairo. (AFP)
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Updated 19 August 2020

Haftar receives ‘important’ message from Egypt’s El-Sisi

  • The message, whose contents are unknown, was delivered by the director of military intelligence in Egypt

CAIRO: The Information Office of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) has revealed that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has received a message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, which it described as “important.”

The message, whose contents are unknown, was delivered by the director of military intelligence in Egypt, Maj. Gen. Khaled Megawer, at the Libyan Army’s General Command office.

The message comes two days following the visit of Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid Al-Attiya and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar to Tripoli, to meet with Turkish-backed Al-Wefaq officials. 

The LNA, led by Haftar, said that the meeting of the defence ministers of Qatar and Turkey with Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord, was tantamount to preparing for an attack on army positions in Sirte and Al-Jufra.

An Egyptian source announced on Tuesday that a rumored Qatari-Turkish agreement to give control the Libyan port of Misrata to Ankara was a threat to the entire region. 

The source told the official Middle East News Agency that he was surprised by the reports following the visit of the Turkish and Qatari defense ministers to Tripoli.

He pointed out that any decision in this regard would be a violation of the Skhirat Agreement and any relevant UN Security Council resolutions.


Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

Updated 21 October 2020

Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

  • Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel
  • He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the current president

JERUSALEM: A doctor treating Palestinian official Saeb Erekat for COVID-19 performed a bronchostomy on Wednesday to examine the condition of his respiratory system, his daughter said.
Salam Erekat said on Twitter that her father remained intubated and connected to an ECMO machine, which does the work of the lungs by transferring oxygen into blood.
She said it would take several days to get the results. “Hopefully things will take a better way. Pray for my father,” said Salam Erekat, who herself is a physician.
Erekat, 65, was transferred Sunday from the West Bank to Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.
The hospital has said he is in critical but stable condition, and that its medical team is consulting with experts around the world to deal with the case. It says Erekat’s case is especially complicated given his history of health issues, including a lung transplant in 2017.
Erekat, 65, has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel and making frequent media appearances. He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas.