Libya

Italian Interior Ministry: Number of immigrants arriving from Libya dropped sharply in 2017

  • 1 January 2018 - 13:08
Italian Interior Ministry: Number of immigrants arriving from Libya dropped sharply in 2017

The number of immigrants arriving in Italy from Libyan shores has dropped by a third in 2017 compared to 2016, Italy’s Interior Ministry said Sunday. The Italian Ministry said that the drop of the arrivals’ number is a result of the assistance of Libyan authorities in combating illegal...

197 persons killed by landmines in Benghazi during 2017, official at Haftar’s forces said

  • 1 January 2018 - 10:46
197 persons killed by landmines in Benghazi during 2017, official at Haftar’s forces said

  The Military Engineering Unit’s commander at the Libyan east-based self-styled army, Abdulsalam Al-Mismari said that landmines planted by whom he described as extremists in Benghazi killed 197 soldiers and civilians during 2017, reported Al-Bayda-based Libyan News Agency. Al-Mismari...

Libya’s 2018 budget set at about 31 billion dollars as living conditions hit a new low

  • 30 December 2017 - 18:55
Libya’s 2018 budget set at about 31 billion dollars as living conditions hit a new low

The public budget for Libya in 2018 has been set at about 42.5 billion Libyan dinars, which is worth about 31 billion dollars at the official banking rates in the country, a source at the Ministry of Finance told The New Arab news website. The source, who requested to remain unnamed, added that...

Last fighters standing in Benghazi leave for Derna after Haftar’s forces control of Ekhribish

  • 30 December 2017 - 12:40
Last fighters standing in Benghazi leave for Derna after Haftar’s forces control of Ekhribish

Benghazi Shura Council fighters have left their last holdout in the city - Sidi Ekhribish - and arrived in Derna on Friday, the senior leader of Libya Martyrs Brigade, Mohammed Salalbi announced in a statement on Friday. The statement, titled Ekhribish Epic, also explained that after the heavy...

Blown-up oil pipeline to be repaired by Sunday the most, Libya oil officials say

  • 30 December 2017 - 11:40
Blown-up oil pipeline to be repaired by Sunday the most, Libya oil officials say

The Libyan oil sector is likely going to start repairs Saturday or Sunday on a crude oil pipeline that had been blown up earlier this week, an oil official reported, according to Reuters. An explosion on Tuesday about 130 km (80 miles) south of the Sidra terminal cut Libya’s oil output by...

UNSMIL: Only Libyans can choose sovereign posts’ incumbents

  • 29 December 2017 - 14:55
UNSMIL: Only Libyans can choose sovereign posts’ incumbents

The United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL) has reaffirmed that only Libyans are entitled to decide who can or cannot run for sovereign positions, via the existing constitutional and legislative bodies in the country. The UNSMIL tweeted Thursday that the right to be nominated for a potential...

UN delegate to Libya: I won’t meet with Saif Gaddafi as he is wanted by ICC

  • 28 December 2017 - 20:55
UN delegate to Libya: I won’t meet with Saif Gaddafi as he is wanted by ICC

The Head of the UNSMIL and the UN delegate to Libya, Ghassan Salame, said he won't meet or have a discussion with the son of Moamar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam, as he is wanted foe war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking to Saudi Al-Hayat newspaper Thursday, Salame said for the...

Haftar’s forces declare control of Sidi Ekhribish in Benghazi

  • 28 December 2017 - 16:11
Haftar’s forces declare control of Sidi Ekhribish in Benghazi

The Operation Dignity forces of Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya have declared full control of a downtown Benghazi neighbourhood, Sidi Ekhribish, after the Benghazi Shura Council fighters had abandoned it, according to pro-Haftar media outlets. Intense clashes erupted on Wednesday in the small...

Libya and IOM send 142 Guinean illegal immigrants back home

  • 28 December 2017 - 14:57
Libya and IOM send 142 Guinean illegal immigrants back home

142 illegal migrants were deported on board a flight back to Guinea on Wednesday with the assistance of the UN International Organisation for Migration, officials reported. The repatriation comes as Libya steps up efforts to send back illegal immigrants to their countries of origin to ease...

Libya eastern so-called army backs up elections in 2018

  • 28 December 2017 - 12:13
Libya eastern so-called army backs up elections in 2018

Libya's eastern-based self-styled army spokesman on Wednesday announced that the army led by Khalifa Haftar welcomes the upcoming elections in the country. "We, as army command, welcome the elections, of which (voters) registration started a while ago," said the army spokesman, Ahmad Al-Mismari,...