ずくなしの冷や水

2019年05月12日

養蜂家は恐ろしい現実を知っている

養蜂家の方とお話しする機会がありました。


伺ったお話のポイントです。

1 東京近辺では東京都内での蜂蜜生産量が最も多い。都内は街路樹に花をつけるものが多く、蜜源が多い。都内でミツバチを飼う人は多い。

2 ミツバチの巣は昼間に動かしてはならない。外出中のミツバチが巣がなくなったとパニックになり凶暴な行動をする。

3 ミツバチの入った巣箱は3万円程度。

4 果樹地帯では、開花受粉シーズンに共同でミツバチの巣箱を借りて設置、授粉の働きをさせる。

5 人工授粉は大変難しく、少し適期を外しただけでいくら授粉をしても一個も果実がならないこともある。梨の例。

6 昆虫は、紫外線で判断しているらしいが、花に蜜の多いタイミングを知っている。そのタイミングは受粉もしやすい。

7 東京近郊でミツバチの巣箱を持つ人は、岩手県の業者に蜜の取り出しを依頼することが多い。

8 東京近郊でミツバチを飼うと蜂が増えることはなく、次第に数が減っていく。そして一匹もいなくなる。

9 ミツバチは、中国から輸入している。

10 ネオニコチノイド農薬は効果が激しく、その散布の影響でミツバチがバタバタと死ぬことがある。ダントツという名前の農薬が使われている。養蜂家はそれを見て知っているからそういう農薬を使ったコメは食べられないと話している。

11 ネオニコチノイド農薬は欧米では多くが使用禁止になっているが、日本ではなお使用が認めらている。

12 ホルモン農薬も大きな影響がある。オトコオンナというか、中性が生まれる。繁殖力が落ちる。人間にも影響があるのではないか。

管理人は、年々昆虫が、特にチョウや蜂が減ってきているとの印象を受けていました。今の時期、ニセアカシアの花が咲くと、花のそばでは、蜂の羽音がブンブンとうるさいほどに聞こえることがありましたが、今はそのような経験は珍しいものとなりました。


国内産農産物については、放射性物質による内部被ばく回避と合わせて強力な農薬を使用した農産物を食しないように注意しましょう。危険分散という観点からは、海外産農産物のウエイト増加がとりやすい方策です。

虫が食った跡のある野菜は、安全性が高い? ネオニコチノイド農薬に関しては、中国のほうが汚染が少ない?

ダントツは住友化学、ラウンドアップは日産化学の製品です。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:15| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

‘No future for dissidents’ on social media: Paul Joseph Watson reflects on Facebook ban

RT2019/5/11
‘No future for dissidents’ on social media: Paul Joseph Watson reflects on Facebook ban
Popular internet pundit Paul Joseph Watson is mulling legal action after being banned from Facebook for spreading “hate,” telling RT that it’s clear social media platforms are cracking down on dissident political speech.

Facebook kicked Watson off its platform on May 2 – along with conservative commentator Laura Loomer, Infowars founder Alex Jones, and black nationalist leader Louis Farrakhan. The group was accused of spreading “hateful” content, although no warnings or concrete reasons were provided for their seemingly arbitrary bans.

Watson, who runs a YouTube channel that boasts more than 1.5 million subscribers, has become a well-known but polarizing commentator on culture and politics. A long-time Infowars contributor, Watson now has his own outlet, Summit News.

Although he’s been labeled as an “alt-right” conspiracy theorist, Watson insists that he’s been smeared – and de-platformed – simply because he holds contrarian views.

“There is clearly no future for dissident personalities on any major social media network. We will have to go back to mailing lists and websites as our primary, and perhaps only platforms for delivering content,” he said.

He told RT that he’s hired the “best media lawyers in London” who "have taken on numerous media giants in the past and won” and will advise him about what legal recourse he has against Facebook.

The first step towards suing Facebook over his ban, according to Watson, is to initiate a written request, called a Subject Access Request, which requires the company to release all information relevant to the individual’s case under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act.

The information would be needed to verify if an individual violated community standards or if the company merely made a politically-motivated decision. Watson also intends to put Facebook on notice about the harm they have caused to his reputation by putting him under the category of “dangerous individuals,” which is one of Facebook’s stated reasons for banning people under the company’s community standards.

The list Facebook has made for what counts as “dangerous individuals” includes: Terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking, and organized violence or criminal activity. Facebook would have to verifiably prove that the banned person engaged in any of these activities, or the decision could count as defamation of character.

The hate watchdog organization Southern Poverty Law Centre (SLPC) has publicly admitted it was behind the censorship. In its statement, the SPLC writes how the banning of these individuals shows that social media companies are responding to their “pressure,” but adds that they nonetheless haven’t done enough, claiming they “have more work to do against hateful content.”

“The SPLC is not a fact-checker, it’s a hyper-partisan political attack dog which solely exists to demonize its ideological adversaries. There is no way to hold them accountable, they are accountable only to their own agenda and bias,” Watson said.

Twitter has reportedly dropped the SPLC as a reliable source for detecting hate content online and to police its platform, but other social media giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have continued to use the watchdog to decide what content should be kept on their sites.

Facebook has also recently come under fire from its co-founder Chris Hughes, who wrote an exclusive op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday calling for Facebook’s monopoly to be broken up, as its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has “unilateral control over free speech,” adding that his power is “unprecedented and un-American.”

“Personally, if and when I am banned on everything, I will probably just move into the background until the environment is once again fertile and if big enough alternative platforms exist which actually support free speech,” Watson added.

Facebook isn’t the only social media platform to face accusations of shutting down political speech it doesn’t like: In April, the company banned two conservative British candidates running for European Parliament, Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin, less than a month before the election.

The site banned Alex Jones and all Infowars accounts in September 2018.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:28| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トルコはS-400の調達を止めるか

RT2019/5/11
‘Done deal’: Erdogan aide debunks claim that Turkey is set to drop S-400 over US sanctions
Turkey will stay on course with a “done deal” to procure the S-400 systems from Russia, a top Turkish official stated in response to a German media report that Ankara was about to scrap the purchase, fearing US sanctions.

Potential US sanctions were too big a threat for Turkey to proceed with the S-400 deal, German tabloid Bild claimed on Friday. The publication quoted a “high-ranking diplomat from Ankara” who said that economic considerations were behind the alleged Turkish decision to stop the purchase.

Later, Fahrettin Altun, head of communications at the Turkish president’s office, took to Twitter to debunk the report.

“Dear Julian, your sources are mistaken,” Altun said in response to Bild editor Julian Roepcke, sharing a link to the article in question.
Take it from me: The S-400 procurement is a done deal.

The source quoted in the Bild piece said that “there won’t be an S-400 delivery in July, as the Turkish president has announced. “With the current crisis with the lira, this would be an economic downfall for Turkey.”

The Turkish military is set to take delivery of their first S-400s in July, with their crews starting training in Russia a month prior. In all, Turkey is expected to receive four S-400 batteries as part of the estimated $2.5-billion deal.

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シリア政府軍のイドリブ侵攻でトルコ軍によるテロリストへの支援が予想外に弱いように見えます。トルコリラは大きく低下。エルドアンの演説が伝えられることが少なくなっています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:58| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

シリア軍のイドリブ攻撃進む 5/9教会の鐘が鳴る

ハマー北部がテロリストから解放され、若者が全力で喜びの鐘を鳴らしています。この安堵と希望に満ちた鐘の音をお聞きください。画像をクリック。

海外の情報を追っていると、ときにこのような感動的なシーンに出会うことがあります。これを待ちながら海外情報を追っているのです。読む人がいなくても一向にかまわない。私のブログを書く原動力がこれです。



この教会ですね。


今年の2月に改修していたようです。


場所はバルーンのところ。教会は少ないです。田舎の教会ですね。



Google mapから

https://syria.liveuamap.com/en/2019/6-may-syria-proassad-forces-backed-by-russians-probably-pmc から








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SyAF aircraft deliberately target civilians fleeing battle zone in Khan Shaykhun. 1 killed, 3 wounded

Khan Shaykhunは、ホワイトヘルメットによる偽旗作戦が行われたテロリストの拠点です。画像の下部に大きな穴が開いています。舗装面は遠くに飛ばされ、吹き上げられた砂が穴の周りにあります。画像を加工するとトラックのガラスは割れ、前面部が損傷しています。こんな画像を誰が撮ったのか。トラックの向こうに散らばっているものは何かの荷物のようです。

※ HalabToday حلب اليوم認証済みアカウント @HalabTodayTVの0:24 - 2019年5月10日のツイート
رئيس هيئة التفاوض "نصر الحريري": أكثر من 6 آلاف غارة جوية للنظام وحلفائه استهدفت شمال سوريا خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية (مؤتمر صحفي في غازي عنتاب)
للاشتراك بتلغرام قناة حلب اليوم
Chairman of the Syrian opposition negotiating body Nasr Hariri: More than 6 thousand air raids of the government and its allies targeted northern Syria during the past few days (press conference in Gaziantep)

Syria: following a well-known scenario (Daraa etc.) evidence showing Russian forces officers quickly emerging after fast government advances (NW. Hama). Ru presence there was regularly reported past months.

中央で地図を広げている人はロシア人でしょう。現地の作戦指揮隊にロシア人が入っていてインテリジェンス情報を入れて作戦を助言(指揮に近い)しているはずです。そうでなければ、シリア軍の兵士が増える中不慣れな指揮官の下では命がいくつあっても足りません。

ロシア軍の特殊部隊のようです。装備がすごい。新鋭機器を投入しています。








放射能も電磁波も装備がなければ把握できません。

TASS Russian Politics & Diplomacy
May 10, 21:33 updated at: May 10, 22:16 UTC+3
Russia blocks UN SC statement on Idlib due to attempts to misrepresent situation
Russia and the United States continue professional dialogue about the current situation in Syria’s Idlib, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told TASS

コピーライトマーク AP Photo/Seth Wenig

THE UNITED NATIONS, May 10. /TASS/. Russia has blocked a United Nations Security Council statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria due to attempts to misrepresent the situation in Idlib, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told TASS on Friday.

"We have not passed and blocked the press elements drafted by our humanitarian troika (which oversees corresponding issues at the UN Security Council - TASS) comprising Belgium, Germany and Kuwait, which [press elements] were meant to misrepresent the situation in Idlib," he said answering TASS questions about the closed-door consultations on Syria at the UN Security Council.

Russia and the United States continue professional dialogue about the current situation in Syria’s Idlib, Safronkov told TASS.

"Talks are ongoing with US counterparts via professional channels, both military and political," he assured answering TASS questions about the closed-door session of the UN Security Council on Syria.

"People discuss the situation, so to speak, with facts and maps in hands," the diplomat added. "Therefore, ‘a virtual reality’ should not be created at the Security Council as they claim there is no dialogue. Genuinely, practical work is ongoing out of touch with cameras, newspapers and journalists."

"We emphasize that the political foundation for work on Syria should be the preservation of Syria’s sovereignty not on paper but in real life," he stressed. "The [UN] Security Council will have to do lots to overcome conceptual gaps in the understanding of the situation."

On Friday, the UN Security Council held a closed-door extra session on the humanitarian situation in Syria requested by Germany, Belgium and Kuwait. In recent days, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christopher Burger and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had voiced their concern over the situation in the region.

On May 4, Major-General Viktor Kupchishin, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides in Syria, told reporters that groups of militants in the south of the de-escalation zone Idlib led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (former Jabhat al-Nusra outlawed in Russia) were creating a strike force and their attack on Hama was not ruled out.

On May 6, Kupchishin said that Russia’s Hmeymim airbase came under shelling by militants twice during the day. In both cases, shelling was conducted from the settlement of Zawiya in the Idlib de-escalation zone. On the same day, Syria’s news agency SANA reported that the country’s artillery and air forces launched strikes against the bases of militants shelling Hama.

http://tass.com/politics/1057758
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:26| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Tahrir Al-Sham's Ringleader Al-Jolani Admits Losing Bases in Hama After Civilians' Resistance

左Tahrir Al-Sham's Ringleader Al-Jolani 右ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 狂気は元アルヌスラリーダーのほうが・・・


FRARSNEWS2019/5/11
Tahrir Al-Sham's Ringleader Al-Jolani Admits Losing Bases in Hama After Civilians' Resistance
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ringleader of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani admitted that his terrorist group has lost its bases in Hama after people refrained from cooperating with them as civilians and tribal leaders in Idlib are trying to hand over their regions to the Syrian Army.

Tahrir Al-Shamは、イドリブ地域のテロリストグループを束ねたとされています。
Al-Jolani held a meeting with 50 representatives of different terrorist groups and some media activists in Idlib on Friday, pro-militant sources said, adding that during the meeting al-Jolani admitted to Syrian Army's control over two key towns of Kafar Naboudeh and Qala al-Maziq and said that the two towns fell due to weak backup and resistance of the residents of the towns against a reinforcement of militants' positions there.

Meantime, the sources underlined that the tribal leaders of the cities of Khan Sheikhoun, Ma'arat al-Numan and several other towns are trying to hand over these regions to the Syrian Army concurrent with the Syrian Army's advances in Northern Syria.

In a relevant development in late April, Al-Jolani threatened other terrorist groups to avoid handing over Syria's occupied territories to the Damascus Army.

Al-Jolani held a meeting with eight senior commanders of other terrorist groups, including Islamic Turkistani Party, Harasuddin and Jeish al-Izza, in Atmaeh town near the border with Turkey, the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik News Agency quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying.

Tahrir al-Sham's ringleader who attended the meeting under tight security measures strongly warned commanders of other terrorist groups that they would be regarded as traitors if they hand over any region under any agreement to the Syrian Army, warning of Tahrir al-Sham's revenge and lethal blow.

Meantime, al-Jolani also asked other terrorist commanders to put their militants on a state of full alert and keep their bomb-laden suicide vehicles prepared for operation.

Al-Jolani, who was attending his first meeting after two months, was accompanied by three Turkish-speaking militants in the meeting with other notorious terrorist commanders.

Al-Jolani was critically wounded in twin explosions in the Center of Idlib city in late February and went into a state of coma.

"One of those injured in Idlib blasts was severely suffering from brain injury and he was transferred to a government hospital in Antakia City in Hatay region," Sputnik quoted a medical source in Turkey as saying.

The medical source said that the injured person is Abu Mohammed al-Jolani who had shrapnel head injury and he is now in a state of coma.
意識不明だとする情報とは上の情報はつじつまが合いません。住民が協力しなかったからという理由は、これから政府軍が攻め込もうとする地域に向けた宣伝を目的としているようです。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ex-Qatari FM, Ex-Head of Al-Jazeera: No War between US, Iran

FARSNEWS2019/5/11
Ex-Qatari FM, Ex-Head of Al-Jazeera: No War between US, Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Head of al-Jazeera news channel Yasser Abu Hilala and Former Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim underlined that certain Persian Gulf Arab states should not pin hope on a war between the US and Iran as Trump is only after an annex to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Abu Hilala wrote on his twitter page on Saturday that the visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Iraq contained a message to soothe Iran as Donald Trump is only after an annex to the nuclear deal to make is a Trump deal.

"Trump is after an agreement of his own and not of Obama's," he added.

He said the US has ensured that it is not after a war as show in Trump's tweets about his desire to talk with Iran. Also, Iraq has received sanctions waivers from Washington, but they have been told that there won't be any official declaration about the exemption, he said.

Abu Hilala referred to the Saudi and UAE officials and media's pleasure in the US warmongering against Iran, and said that Trump uses Iranophobia to further milk Saudi Arabia as long as it can.

Meantime, Hamad bin Jassim wrote on his twitter page that there will be no war between the US and Iran and the current tensions are only aimed at returning the two sides to the negotiating table.

The United States tightened the screws further on Iran with sanctions on its metal industry on the day Tehran said it was suspending some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The White House said that the new sanctions, announced on May 8, target Iran's steel, aluminum, copper and iron sectors.

Hours earlier, Iran said that it would no longer sell its surplus enriched uranium and heavy water to other nations as stipulated in the nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers few days after the US ended waivers on nuclear cooperation with Iran.

Washington withdrew from the internationally-endorsed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, reimposed the toughest-ever sanctions against the country and started a plan to zero down Tehran's oil sales.

Under the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in July 2015, Tehran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

In 2018, all the other signatories − Russia, China, Germany, France, the UK, and the EU − refused to follow the US example and confirmed their commitment to the accord, trying to save the deal with the Islamic Republic.

Iranian officials then warned that the European Union’s failure in providing the needed ground for Tehran to enjoy the economic benefits of the nuclear deal would exhaust the country's patience.

Yet, Iran continued compliance with deal, stressing that the remaining signatories to the agreement had to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain in compliance.

Europeans' honesty in dealing with the Iran nuclear deal has always been seriously doubted by Iranian masses that were discontent with talks with European states.

Almost a year later, however, the EU failed to provide Tehran with its promised merits. Then, the US state department announced that it had not extended two waivers, one that allowed Iran to store excess heavy water produced in the uranium enrichment process in Oman, and one that allowed Iran to swap enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russia.

Until now, Iran was allowed to ship low-enriched uranium produced at Natanz to Russia before it hit the 300-kg limit and the US measure leaves no way for Tehran other than exceeding the ceiling for storing the enriched uranium in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Also, the United States would no longer waive sanctions that allowed Iran to ship heavy water produced at its Arak facility beyond a 300-ton limit set in the 2015 nuclear deal to Oman for storage which again forces Tehran to store it inside country in violation of the nuclear deal.

In return, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) announced in a statement on Wednesday that the country had modified two of its undertakings under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in return for the US abrogation of the deal and other signatories inability to make up for the losses under the agreement, warning that modifications would continue if the world powers failed to take action in line with their promises.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran declares that at the current stage, it does not any more see itself committed to respecting the limitations on keeping enriched uranium and heavy water reserves," the statement said.

The statement gave the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) "60 days to put into action their nuclear deal undertakings, specially in the banking and oil sectors, warning that "in case these countries fail to meet Iran's demands, the Islamic Republic of Iran will cease implementation of restrictions on uranium enrichment levels and measures related to the modernization of Arak Heavy Water Reactor as well".

"Once our demands are met, we will resume implementation of the ceased undertakings. Otherwise, the Islamic Republic of Iran will stop compliance with its other undertakings in consequent phases," the SNSC warned.

It underlined Iran's readiness to continue its consultations with the countries which have remained in the nuclear deal at all levels "but will show a firm and rapid reaction to any irresponsible measure, including referring the issue to the UN Security Council or imposition of more sanctions".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's president has in his letter to the leaders of the nuclear deal member states clearly reminded them of the Islamic Republic of Iran's type of reaction," the statement added.

It reminded the G4+1 of Iran's good will during the nuclear talks, implementation of the nuclear deal and giving sufficient time to the other signatories to implement the deal, saying that it is now their turn to prove their good will and adopt serious and practical measures to protect the nuclear deal.

"The door of diplomacy will not remain open for a long time and the US and other members remaining under the nuclear deal are fully responsible for failure of the nuclear deal and any possible consequences," the statement said.

It underlined that the decision was made in line with defending the Iranian nation's security and national interests and materialization of Iran's rights stated in the paragraphs 26 and 36 of the nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a letter on Wednesday informed the Group 4+1 on stopping implementation of a number of Tehran's undertakings stated in the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi submitted the letter to the ambassadors of the G4+1 to Tehran after they were called to the foreign ministry on Wednesday morning.

The letter contained decisions by the SNSC to "halt implementation of a number of the Islamic Republic of Iran's undertakings under the nuclear deal".

Also, another letter was sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday morning to inform her of details of Iran's measures.

Top EU diplomats said on Thursday they remain committed to the deal but will not bend to any ultimatums.

“We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments under the JCPOA in full as it has done until now and to refrain from any escalatory steps,” the officials noted in a statement.

"We reject any ultimatums and we will assess Iran’s compliance on the basis of Iran’s performance regarding its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA and the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons)," they added.



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Libyan Government Urges Trump to Stop Support for Haftar

FARSNEWS2019/5/11
Libyan Government Urges Trump to Stop Support for Haftar
TEHRAN (FNA)- Libya's internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) called on US President Donald Trump to stop foreign support for "aspiring military dictator" Khalifa Haftar as his forces continue their all-out offensive to take over the capital Tripoli.

Haftar's US-allied backers were turning Libya into a proxy battleground and risking a war that could trigger further mass migration to Europe, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj told The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Backed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Haftar launched a deadly campaign last month to invade and conquer Tripoli, where the GNA headed by Sarraj is based.

Serraj said hundreds of Libyans had been killed since Haftar’s LNA forces launched the offensive in early April, more than 40,000 had been forced to leave their homes and hundreds of thousands could flee for Europe.

"The GNA is fighting an aspiring military dictator --- Khalifa Haftar --- whose rival government is taking money and arms from foreign actors pursuing narrow self-interest at Libya's expense," the Libyan prime minister added.

"To prevent a bloody civil war with global implications, Libya needs the US to help stop other countries from meddling in our affairs," he stated, noting, "I remain hopeful that President [Donald] Trump will succeed where previous presidents have failed...Libyans won't accept another Gaddafi-style military dictatorship."

It comes after the French government, which is accused of tacitly supporting Haftar, called for an “unconditional” ceasefire between his militia and government forces near the capital.

On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Sarraj in the French capital of Paris and stated he advocated a ceasefire.

“Noting that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict, and to put an end to the military offensive launched toward Tripoli, the President of the Republic encouraged an unconditional ceasefire,” Macron’s office said in a statement after the meeting.

“He stressed the need to protect civilian populations. In this context, the proposal was put forward to delimit a ceasefire line, under international supervision,” it added.

The statement also backed a United Nations (UN) peace plan and general elections in Libya.

In an exclusive interview with France 24, Sarraj had said Haftar was attempting a power grab under the pretext of counter-terrorism operations and had urged a “clearer stance” from Paris toward the Libyan rebel commander.

“Haftar and (his armed groups) only want to control power in Tripoli under the pretext of war on terrorism and militias,” Sarraj stated, adding, “What we expect of France, considering their friendship with Libya, is for them to have a clear political position on the situation in Libya in the future.”

The Libyan prime minister had also accused Haftar of ending all hopes for a political settlement to the crisis in the war-torn North African country.

The renegade general has already defied a truce call by the UN and ordered his troops not to relent in their offensive and “uproot” the enemy during the holy fasting month.

The US president, in a phone call with the military strongman last month, "recognized Field Marshal Haftar's significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's oil resources", according to the White House.

The United Nations has characterized Haftar’s push on Tripoli as an attempted coup and warned of a serious upshot.

Also on Friday, the UN Security Council sounded the alarm over the “worsening humanitarian situation” in the Libyan capital, calling on all warring parties to commit to a ceasefire and return to UN mediation.

The council "is deeply concerned about the instability in Tripoli and worsening humanitarian situation, which is endangering the lives of innocent civilians and threatens prospects for a political solution", said Indonesian Ambassador Dian Djani, whose country holds the council presidency for May.

The council "calls for all parties rapidly to return to UN political mediation, and to commit to a ceasefire and de-escalation to help mediation succeed," he added.

According to the UN, the flare-up of violence has so far killed at least 450 people, wounded 2,150 and displaced more than 60,000.

The LNA has almost two-thirds of the country and all of its oilfields under control, and some observers see the West's urge to court Haftar driven by their thirst for Libya's oil.

Meanwhile, analysts have warned that the battle between rival Libyan forces to control Tripoli has created a security vacuum, giving the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group a chance to re-emerge.

Daesh has carried out two deadly assaults targeting Haftar's forces over the past week.

Libya has been the scene of increasing violence since 2011, when former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power after an uprising and a NATO military intervention. His ouster created a huge power vacuum, leading to chaos and the emergence of numerous militant outfits, including the Daesh terrorist group.


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