Libya

Italy supports Libya’s ban on NGOs in its waters

  • 15 August 2017 - 09:38
Italy supports Libya’s ban on NGOs in its waters

Italy has endorsed Libya’s decision to chase NGOs out of coastal waters in what one charity called “an unacceptable assault on people’s lives and dignity”. Angelino Alfano, Italy’s foreign minister, told La Stampa, an Italian newspaper, on Sunday (13 August) that Libya’s actions...

Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan arrested in Tripoli

  • 14 August 2017 - 08:27
Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan arrested in Tripoli

Sources from the Interior Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) confirmed arresting the former Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zidan, in Tripoli. According to the source, Zidan was arrested from Victoria Hotel in Dahra, Tripoli, where he was received by the Presidential Council, which...

After MSF, two other NGOs suspend work off Libyan coast citing “Libyan ban”

  • 13 August 2017 - 17:23
After MSF, two other NGOs suspend work off Libyan coast citing “Libyan ban”

A second humanitarian group in two days has reluctantly decided to suspend migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea due to Libyan threats, and other charities with rescue ships on Sunday were considering doing the same. Germany-based Sea-Eye said it made the decision to halt its water rescues...

Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous military delegation from Libya arrives in Qatar

  • 13 August 2017 - 10:42
Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous military delegation from Libya arrives in Qatar

A delegation from the military operation that ousted IS militants from Sirte in central Libya, Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous, arrived in Qatar earlier on Sunday in an official talks visit, according to sources close to the operation's command. The delegation includes the Commander of Al-Bunyan...

Libya frees 78 Tunisians detained over attempting illegal migration

  • 13 August 2017 - 10:00
Libya frees 78 Tunisians detained over attempting illegal migration

Libyan authorities released some 78 Tunisians jailed in Libya over attempted illegal immigration from the coast of the Libyan city of Al-Zawyia, Qatar News Agency said. According to a statement released by the Tunisian Foreign Affairs Department, the release of these Tunisians comes after a...

Doctors Without Borders suspends rescue operations over threats by Libyan coastguards

  • 12 August 2017 - 19:54
Doctors Without Borders suspends rescue operations over threats by Libyan coastguards

Doctors Without Borders said Saturday it is temporarily suspending the activity of its rescue ship due to alleged threats from Libya’s coast guard, which has increasingly become more aggressive in patrolling the waters off its coasts where human traffickers launch boats crowded with migrants...

Haftar in Moscow to inform Russia of meeting with Libya’s Prime Minister Al-Serraj

  • 12 August 2017 - 10:51
Haftar in Moscow to inform Russia of meeting with Libya’s Prime Minister Al-Serraj

The Commander of Operation Dignity forces in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, is going to arrive in Moscow Saturday to talk about the meeting with the Head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj, according to Interfax. Interfax cited the Head of the...

FAO signs agreement with Libya to boost the country’s agricultural sector

  • 12 August 2017 - 09:45
FAO signs agreement with Libya to boost the country’s agricultural sector

Libya has signed a USD 3.5 million agreement with FAO to strengthen its technical and functional national capacities in agriculture. The project aims to build capacities and to ensure more efficient and effective governmental agricultural support services to achieve greater synergies and...

Merkel: EU to adopt the Turkish scenario in Libya regarding illegal immigration

  • 11 August 2017 - 19:42
Merkel: EU to adopt the Turkish scenario in Libya regarding illegal immigration

The European Union will cooperate with Libya on the migrant and refugee issue, and adopt the same scenario as in the EU-Turkey migration deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday. In March 2016, the European Union and Turkey agreed that Syrian refugees arriving in Greece would be...

US embassy reaffirms Libyans of its support for stability and peaceful solutions

  • 10 August 2017 - 21:50
US embassy reaffirms Libyans of its support for stability and peaceful solutions

The United States embassy in Libya issued a statement on Thursday saying it remains fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya. The embassy added on its website that it is engaging a wide range of Libyan political and security...