Libya

East Libya forces prepare to take control of Tripoli, military chief says

  • 7 October 2017 - 21:37
East Libya forces prepare to take control of Tripoli, military chief says

A military chief of staff of the east-based Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) has vowed to march with 35.000 fighters to Tripoli and liberate it from "militias." Abdelrazik Al-Nadori told the Swiss German-Language newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung that they are readying their troops for the...

UN Security Council extends authorization to intercept vessels smuggling migrants off Libya

  • 7 October 2017 - 18:03
UN Security Council extends authorization to intercept vessels smuggling migrants off Libya

UN Security Council has extended authorization to intercept vessels suspected of smuggling migrants through Libya for third one-year period. Condemning the continued smuggling of migrants through Libya and off its coast — thereby endangering hundreds of thousands of lives and undermining...

Bodies of Egyptian Copts beheaded by IS in Sirte found

  • 7 October 2017 - 13:54
Bodies of Egyptian Copts beheaded by IS in Sirte found

The bodies of 21 Egyptian Christians killed by Islamic State in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte have been recovered, the attorney general’s office said on Friday. The bodies were found in the same orange jumpsuits the victims were wearing when they were filmed being killed in the coastal...

Fighting rocks downtown Libyan capital, four killed

  • 6 October 2017 - 22:29
Fighting rocks downtown Libyan capital, four killed

Fighting has erupted earlier in Arada area in Libya's capital, Tripoli between two local armed groups over unspecified reasons.   Heavy gunfire and military presence were heard and seen in the area since the afternoon on Friday, when clashes then intensified leading to killing and...

Salafists loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar control Sabratha, declare war on Tripoli

  • 6 October 2017 - 13:18
Salafists loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar control Sabratha, declare war on Tripoli

After over 15 days of intense fighting in the coastal city of Sabratha, an alliance of Salafists forces, Madkhalists, and forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, who heads Operation Dignity in Benghazi, has announced taking control of the city, pushing the main rival Brigade 48 away from...

Libyan eastern parliament demands an apology from UK Foreign Minister over Sirte gaffe

  • 5 October 2017 - 18:39
Libyan eastern parliament demands an apology from UK Foreign Minister over Sirte gaffe

The foreign affairs committee of Libya’s eastern-based parliament demanded an apology on Thursday from British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over a remark about clearing dead bodies from the former Islamic State stronghold of Sirte. Johnson told members of his Conservative Party earlier this...

Maltese fishing vessel seized in Libya’s Benghazi

  • 5 October 2017 - 11:49
Maltese fishing vessel seized in Libya’s Benghazi

A Maltese vessel has been held in Libya for more than a week, its owner told The Malta Independent. The Maltese flagged fishing vessel Salvatur VI, MFA0172VLT, owned by Salvatur VI Fishing Company Limited), with 1 Italian Captain and 6 Indonesian crew members on board, has been held by the...

UN in Libya condemns IS suicide attack on Misurata

  • 5 October 2017 - 09:24
UN in Libya condemns IS suicide attack on Misurata

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned the suicide attack on Misurata courthouse and underscored that those behind the incident must be held accountable. At least three individuals were killed and more than 35 injured in the attack on Wednesday, the responsibility for...

Clashes erupt in southern Libya capital

  • 4 October 2017 - 23:31
Clashes erupt in southern Libya capital

Clashes erupted in the southern part of the Libyan Capital, mainly near Qasir Ben Ghashir and Bear Al-Aalem between Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade and an alliance of brigades led by ex-regime followers and Gaddafi loyalists positioned in camps near the area. According to sources from Qasir...

UK Foreign Minister makes “Dead Bodies” joke, angers Libyans

  • 4 October 2017 - 19:53
UK Foreign Minister makes “Dead Bodies” joke, angers Libyans

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been bitterly criticised over his Libya "dead bodies" gaffe at a conference on Tuesday. Johnson said that Sirte might as well become the new Dubai if only the dead bodies are cleared away, laughing at the end of his joke. "British businesses wanted to...