Libya

EU moves to block selling dinghies to Libya to curb illegal immigration

  • 18 July 2017 - 07:25
EU moves to block selling dinghies to Libya to curb illegal immigration

EU foreign ministers have agreed to restrict exports of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in a drive to curb the smuggling of migrants. The restrictions will not apply to legitimate Libyan businesses, such as fishing crews, an EU statement said. It is not clear how the EU will...

Egypt says its air force destroyed 15 vehicles laden with arms crossing from Libya’s border

  • 16 July 2017 - 22:38
Egypt says its air force destroyed 15 vehicles laden with arms crossing from Libya’s border

Egypt’s army forces foiled an attempt to smuggle arms into the country through its western border with Libya, the military said Sunday. The Egyptian air forces launched a reconnaissance mission Saturday following intelligence received that "criminals" in 4x4 vehicles were in the process of...

Belgian frigate must depart EU mission off Libyan coast as it is encouraging migrants to take risk, official says

  • 16 July 2017 - 22:00
Belgian frigate must depart EU mission off Libyan coast as it is encouraging migrants to take risk, official says

Belgium should withdraw its frigate from an EU mission to break up human trafficking networks near Libya because the presence of such vessels encouraged migrants to make the perilous journey across the central Mediterranean, the migration minister said. Belgium has sent a frigate to take part in...

Al-Serraj calls for elections next March to save Libya from collapse

  • 16 July 2017 - 14:58
Al-Serraj calls for elections next March to save Libya from collapse

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, delivered a statement on Saturday reviewing his government's work in a span of one year since coming to office in Tripoli in April 2016. Al-Serraj proposed in his statement a new road map that necessitates holding parliamentary and...

US to award troops who helped fight IS in Libya’s Sirte with medals

  • 15 July 2017 - 22:08
US to award troops who helped fight IS in Libya’s Sirte with medals

The Pentagon has expanded the criteria for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal to include the U.S. campaign against ISIS in Libya. The geographic criteria for the medal highlights the extent of the American operation to remove ISIS from the Libyan city of Sirte. The U.S....

Benghazi Benina airport operates first international flight to Amman after 3 years of closure

  • 15 July 2017 - 21:49
Benghazi Benina airport operates first international flight to Amman after 3 years of closure

Benghazi's Benina international airport officially reopened for commercial flights amid a heavy security presence on Saturday (July 15) after a three-year closure due to fighting in the city. The first outward bound flights from Benina Airport were to the capital, Tripoli, to Amman, Jordan, and...

Al-Sweihli demands support for GNA in meeting with Turkish President

  • 15 July 2017 - 21:33
Al-Sweihli demands support for GNA in meeting with Turkish President

The Head of the High Council of State of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli met with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on Friday as part of his formal visit to Turkey. After discussing the mutual relations between the two countries, Al-Sweihli...

Haftar to meet Al-Serraj in Libya’s Cyrenaica under sponsorship of UAE

  • 15 July 2017 - 21:04
Haftar to meet Al-Serraj in Libya’s Cyrenaica under sponsorship of UAE

The commander of Operation Dignity forces in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, is going to meet with the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, for a second time under the auspices of the UAE's Foreign Minister Abdullah Ben Zayed Al Nehayan, Al-Arabiya.Net reported on...

Italian Interior Minister in Tripoli for talks over illegal immigration as 4100 migrants rescued off Libyan shores

  • 13 July 2017 - 21:50
Italian Interior Minister in Tripoli for talks over illegal immigration as 4100 migrants rescued off Libyan shores

4100 illegal immigrants were rescued off Libya's coast on Wednesday, the Libyan Coast Guard said on Thursday. The Libyan Coast Guard added that it had coordinated 20 operations. On Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and...

Turkish Enka firm in last stages of Ubari gas power plant

  • 13 July 2017 - 21:47
Turkish Enka firm in last stages of Ubari gas power plant

A delegation from the Turkish firm, Enka, responsible for building and operating the Ubari gas power plant in southern Libya arrived in Ubari to do tests on the operation and finishing up stages of the workers in the field. The delegation will be responsible for monitoring the last stages of the...