Left Menu
Development News Edition

Libya's U.N.-backed government steps up defence spending as war drags on

Reuters | Tripoli | Updated: 06-08-2019 22:56 IST | Created: 06-08-2019 22:54 IST
Libya's U.N.-backed government steps up defence spending as war drags on

Libya's internationally recognised government has allocated 40 million Libyan dinars ($28.5 million) for its defence ministry, it said on Tuesday, stepping up spending to fend off an eastern offensive as the war enters a fifth month. The government also granted each of its soldiers 3,000 dinars as a reward for fighting the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force of Khalifa Haftar, which started in April a campaign to take Tripoli in western Libya.

Authorities gave no details on the military spending. They had in April budgeted up to 2 billion dinars ($1.43 billion) to cover medical treatment for the wounded, aid for displaced people and other "emergency" war costs. The government has since received combat drones and trucks from Turkey to match the build-up of the LNA, which enjoys backing from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, diplomats say.

The LNA has been unable to breach Tripoli's southern defences and lost in July its main forward base in Gharyan. The frontlines have not changed in recent weeks but both sides have stepped up air strikes. The government did not say how it plans to fund the defence spending.

According to central bank data, Libya in the first six months earned 11.1 billion dinars from a hard currency transaction fee, imposed last year. The budget of war-torn Libya is based on oil and gas revenues and almost entirely used to pay for public salaries, armed groups and fuel subsidies, leaving little money for roads, schools or hospitals.

The LNA offensive has scuppered U.N. plans to hold a national conference to stabilise a country in trouble since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and prepare elections. Diplomats say there is no appetite from both sides to hold a ceasefire. Haftar is allied to a parallel government in the east.

Also Read: UPDATE 3-Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in bid to pressure Maduro


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Loopholes in Healthcare Information System may have failed Singapore COVID-19 model

In the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore was in the limelight for its effective healthcare system and pandemic response plan. However, Singapore has now joined the list of the worst-hit nations and the situation is even worse...

Videos

Latest News

New York sues to break up NRA, accuses it of corruption

New York states attorney general sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association on Thursday, alleging senior leaders of the non-profit group diverted millions of dollars for personal use and to buy the silence and loyalty of former employe...

Armed man seizes hostages in French bank -police

A man armed with a gun was holding three people hostage in a bank in northern France on Thursday, officials said, and two police union sources said the gunman was believed to have Islamist sympathies.An elite tactical unit of the French pol...

Rio's favela kids fight, crime-free, as boxing school reopens

Kids surrounded by crime in Rio de Janeiros slums are throwing jabs again, off the streets, as a boxing school has reopened after pandemic lockdowns started easing in the Brazilian city. We saw our students getting involved in drug traffick...

Lebanon central bank freezes accounts of port, customs officials -document

Lebanons central bank has ordered a freeze on the accounts of the heads of Beirut port and Lebanese customs along with five others, following the Beirut port warehouse blast that rocked the capital, according to a central bank directive see...

Give Feedback