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Libyan forces regain ISIS stronghold

Hamza Rao 04:12 AM | 25 Jul, 2016
Libyan forces regain ISIS stronghold
LIBYA: Forces's affiliated with Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) on Sunday claimed that they had edged further into the centre of Sirte in their long and arduous battle to recapture the city from ISIS, following heavy battles that left dozens dead.

The forces have also seized a building used by the ISIS group to manufacture explosives in the coastal stronghold.

The bomb factory (which is located in the southeast of Sirte) is the largest to be captured by fighters allied with the Tripoli-based GNA since they launched an operation to retake Sirte in May, the forces said on Facebook.

Forces also shared images of the building on Facebook showing rooms containing explosive devices, mobile phones and cables.

Sirte had been under the complete control of ISIS since last year, becoming its most important base outside Syria and Iraq, and its loss would be a major setback for the group.

The brigades, comprising of fighters mainly from the western city of Misrata, said in a statement that they had captured a hotel on the eastern front line used by ISIS snipers, and also taken control of part of the "Dollar" neighborhood.

The forces said that they had thwarted three attempted car bomb attacks and destroyed an armored vehicle.

A Reuters witness saw a tank belonging to the brigades being blown up, though it was not clear what caused the explosion. He said shelling continued until late Thursday night, but the city was quiet today morning.

sirte burning

Nearly 50 bodies of ISIS fighters killed during Thursday's clashes were counted, a statement from the government-backed forces said. At least 22 brigade members were killed and 175 wounded, according to Misrata's central hospital.

Since the campaign to retake Sirte began in May, more than 300 fighters from the brigades have been killed and more than 1,300 wounded, a spokesman for the forces said.

ISIS expanded into Libya during the political disorder and security vacuum that developed after long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

Hamza Rao
Hamza Rao

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at raohamzafree@gmail.com. He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 5, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 280.9 284.25
Euro EUR 299 302
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335 338
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 192 194
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,300 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,010.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Karachi PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Islamabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Peshawar PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Quetta PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sialkot PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Attock PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujranwala PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Jehlum PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Multan PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Bahawalpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujrat PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nawabshah PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Chakwal PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Hyderabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nowshehra PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sargodha PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Faisalabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Mirpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360

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