Libya MPs Chose Benghazi as Constitutional Base for Parliament

Morocco's FM Bourita (C) attends the consultative meeting of Libyan MPs in Tangier.
Morocco's FM Bourita (C) attends the consultative meeting of Libyan MPs in Tangier.
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Libya MPs Chose Benghazi as Constitutional Base for Parliament

Morocco's FM Bourita (C) attends the consultative meeting of Libyan MPs in Tangier.
Morocco's FM Bourita (C) attends the consultative meeting of Libyan MPs in Tangier.

Libyan lawmakers meeting in Morocco on Saturday announced that they had reached an agreement that sees the eastern city of Benghazi become the constitutional base for their country’s parliament.

A hundred MPs concluded their consultative talks in Tangier after five days of discussions aimed at bridging divisions between the country’s divided factions.

They agreed to follow up on their discussions during a parliament session that will be held in Libya’s Ghadames city.

The MPs expressed their determination to end the division at all state institutions and preserve national unity and sovereignty. Libya is divided between a parliament that is based in Tobruk in the east and another based in the capital, Tripoli.

The lawmakers also underscored their readiness to positively approach all dialogue agreements in line with the constitutional declaration and its amendments, while hailing the progress achieved by the military (5+5) committee.

The gatherers in Tangier expressed their commitment to holding presidential and parliamentary elections according to the constitution and ending the division as soon as possible. They hoped the polls will be held within a year.

Moreover, they urged the need to shun hatred, calling on all media platforms to favor rhetoric that promotes forgiveness and tolerance. They also stressed the need to push forward national reconciliation and ensure the safe return of refugees.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita praised the Tangier meeting, saying that the fact that lawmakers made it to the talks was a success in and of itself given that the parliament has not met with a majority of its members in years.

He lauded the lawmakers for displaying a sense of responsibility towards the nation throughout the talks, saying that their upcoming meeting in Ghadames will mark a major turning point in Libya.



Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
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Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)

Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of the Mawasi displaced persons' camp in the northwest of the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Sunday in fierce fighting with Hamas-led fighters, residents said.
Images of two Israeli tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the coastal area went viral on social media, but Reuters could not independently verify them.

"The fighting with the resistance has been intense. The occupation forces are overlooking the Mawasi area now, which forced families there to head for Khan Younis," said one resident, who asked not to be named, on a chat app.

More than eight months into Israel's war in the Hamas-administered Palestinian enclave, its advance is focused on the two areas its forces have yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern tip and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center.

Residents said Israeli tanks had pushed deeper into western and northern Rafah in recent days, blowing up dozens of houses.

The Israeli military said it was continuing "intelligence-based, targeted operations" in the Rafah area and had located weapons stores and tunnel shafts, and killed Palestinian gunmen.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement said their fighters had attacked Israeli forces in Rafah with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs and pre-planted explosive devices.

Elsewhere, an Israeli airstrike killed eight Palestinians in Sabra, a suburb of Gaza City in the north, and another strike killed two people in Nuseirat in central Gaza.

The military said it had struck dozens of targets throughout the Strip.

On Saturday, Palestinian health officials said at least 40 Palestinians had been killed in separate Israeli strikes in some northern Gaza districts, where the Israeli army said it had attacked Hamas's military infrastructure. Hamas said the targets were the civilian population.

In Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, health officials at Kamal Adwan Hospital said a baby had died of malnutrition, taking the number of children dead of malnutrition or dehydration since Oct. 7 to at least 30, a number that health officials say reflects under-recording.