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Seven bodies discovered in secret mass graves in  Libya’s Tarhuna province

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Seven bodies were on Monday discovered in new mass graves in the Tarhuna province in the southeast of Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The General Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons in a statement on Tuesday, said the seven unidentified bodies were discovered in a mass grave in a garbage collection site in the city which is about 65 kilometres to Tripoli.

The Authority said the new mass grave was left by the Al-Kani militia loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, and that the excavation operations may still discover more bodies.

The Authority also indicated in the statement that forensic medicine will be used on the bodies and samples taken to refer them to the laboratories department to complete the matching process with the reference samples of the families of the missing persons.

Earlier this month, Libya’s Attorney General, Siddiq Al-Sour, had revealed the exhumation of 259 bodies from 82 secret graves in Tarhuna and its suburbs, with 120 bodies unidentified.

He has also announced the filing of 280 law suits related to mass graves in the city of Tarhuna, pointing out that 10 cases were referred to the courts, and charges of murder, torture, kidnapping, forced disappearance, armed robbery and theft were brought against 20 defendants.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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