Libya

EU cannot return migrants to Libya, Slovak Foreign Minister says

  • 6 February 2017 - 15:08
EU cannot return migrants to Libya, Slovak Foreign Minister says

he European Union cannot negotiate the return of undocumented migrants to Libya as there is no one to negotiate the return with, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said Monday, according to Sputnik. "We have got a radically different situation in Libya, we have no partner in Libya for the...

Libya, Italy sign MoU to end illegal immigration and human trafficking

  • 5 February 2017 - 21:34
Libya, Italy sign MoU to end illegal immigration and human trafficking

According to the MoU, Italy should help Libya's GNA to control its southern borders and provide it with the surveillance system that agreed upon by the two countries in 2012. Fuel smuggling, protecting Libya's sea and land borders and fighting illegal immigration and human trafficking are all...

Libya’s capital on verge of all-fronts war

  • 5 February 2017 - 14:35
Libya’s capital on verge of all-fronts war

On Thursday, violent clashes erupted at the western entrance of the capital, Tripoli, between armed groups called Fursan Janzour Brigade, which is positioned in Janzour some kilometers west of Tripoli, and armed forces from the Wershefana district to the west of Tripoli. The clashes lingered...

Libyan coastguards intercept 100 migrants en route to Italy

  • 5 February 2017 - 14:09
Libyan coastguards intercept 100 migrants en route to Italy

The Libyan coastguards intercepted more than 100 African migrants at sea on Sunday, according to sources from the Libyan Navy. It comes after at least 1,131 were intercepted near the western Libyan city of Sabratha over the last week. 431 migrants were intercepted on four inflatable...

Trump’s travel ban puts off Washington conference on Libya

  • 5 February 2017 - 13:49
Trump’s travel ban puts off Washington conference on Libya

A conference planned to take place this mid-February in Washington DC to discuss Libyan political issues was delayed over the Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, including Libya. "The Feb. 16 conference titled "Libya-U.S. Relations 2017: New Vision, Hope and...

Heavy shelling continues in Tripoli’s Janzour district

  • 4 February 2017 - 20:46
Heavy shelling continues in Tripoli’s Janzour district

Armed groups from Wershefan have been reportedly shelling areas in Janzour and Sayyad where Fursan Janzour (Janzour Knights) Brigade is located. According to sources from the media, Wehsefana armed groups of the Tribes Army are using medium and heavy weapon as well as tanks, mortars and...

Doctors Without Borders slams EU-Libya migrants deal as “madness”

  • 4 February 2017 - 18:35
Doctors Without Borders slams EU-Libya migrants deal as “madness”

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said that the deal reached by the European Union's leader with Libya on Friday regarding curbing the influx of migrants to Europe via Libya is going to worsen the situation rather than resolve it. The EU said it would allocate funds that would be given to...

EU, Libya pen a deal to stem migrants’ influx and set up refugee camps in Libya

  • 4 February 2017 - 11:13
EU, Libya pen a deal to stem migrants’ influx and set up refugee camps in Libya

The leaders of the European Union have agreed on a controversial plan to help cut off the flow of African migrants from Libya to Europe (Italy in particular) this spring. At a summit in Malta, the EU leaders on Friday decided to give 200m euro ($215m) to Libya's Government of National Accord to...

Kobler: Libyan coastguards rescued 808 migrants off the coast last January

  • 4 February 2017 - 11:08
Kobler: Libyan coastguards rescued 808 migrants off the coast last January

The Head of the UNSMIL Martin Konbler has said in a tweet that the Libyan coastguards have rescued 808 migrants so far this year from off the Libyan coast. Tweeting the incident, Kobler attached an infographic photo illustrating the regions where the rescue operations took...

Al-Serraj to visit Moscow this February, Russian Foreign Ministry says

  • 3 February 2017 - 16:43
Al-Serraj to visit Moscow this February, Russian Foreign Ministry says

The Head of the Presidential Council of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj is going to visit Russia this month to discuss the Kremlin's support for the UN-brokered unity government in Libya, said the Russian Foreign Ministry. According to a statement by the...