Alarming Situation in Benghazi

Known as Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi is populated with a lot of citizens. The city’s situation is not as stable as the others. It was mad known that people around Benghazi is still in fear for criminals might just come out in the open to do violent attacks to anyone, especially to local government officials in the city. The people are aware that the city is surrounded by a lot of jihadists that are involve in the killing and kidnapping in the place. A known activist in the local area of Benghazi named Bilal Bettamer became famous because of his campaign that would somehow wave the city from what they call the dangerous threat and the so called extremist.

With this campaign the life of the activist was already in danger. He began having threats from the unknown group and was also ordered to leave the country. Civil activists in Benghazi like Bettamer experienced this kind of threats from the jihadist group. The jihadist wanted to revenge according to the activist. Even Bettamer’s relatives receive a message telling the activist to be on watch and be careful. He also said that a number of 100 jihadists are just circulating around the city.

A protest held last Friday and was headed by Bettamer along with his campaign dubbed as Save Benghazi caused him to received numerous threats through text messages that were sent to him. He already has an idea as to what group the threat came from. The young activist also said that he can always feel the said threat everywhere he goes but the only problem is that he will never know who the enemies are.

Major Humanitarian Operation in Syria

Several people were killed in the Syrian town of Salamiyeh on Monday due to a deadly suicide car bombing. The bombing targeted buildings used by pro-regime militiaman and killed more than 30 people, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based Observatory.

The UK-based Observatory also reported a powerful blast in Damascus, as the Arab League said UN efforts to end the conflict had failed to bring even a “glimmer” of hope. The State News Agency (SANA) reported the blast and said that “a terrorist suicide car bomb was detonated in the heart of Salamiyeh, leaving a number of people killed and others wounded”. They gave an initial toll of 142 people killed nationwide on Monday, including 34 civilians and the 30 killed in the Hama car bombing.

The Syrian town that is located in the central Hama province has been spared form the violence that has started in the country since the uprising began in March 2011. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict that erupted in March 2011 as a popular uprising against the Assad regime, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations said ,it would conduct a major humanitarian operation in the war torn country, with its mission to Syria describing the need for it as “enormous,” having found people in need of medical aid. The UN mission assessing the humanitarian needs in Syria found people, especially children in dire need of food, medical care and clean water, and said that it would conduct a major humanitarian operation.

The Spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Martin Nesirky said a team from seven humanitarian agencies visited the city of Homs and on Monday morning crossed conflict lines into Talbiyeh. “It has to be a big UN humanitarian operation in Syria. That is what the people expect of this mission,” said John Ging, director of operations for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who headed the team.