Libya

Eastern tribal leader wounded in assassination attempt

  • 5 November 2016 - 10:34
Eastern tribal leader wounded in assassination attempt

A car exploded in Benghazi on Friday, wounding a prominent tribal leader who recently helped eastern forces take control of major oil ports, security and medical officials said, Reuters reported. Saleh al-Ateiwish, head of the Magharba tribe, was wounded as he left a mosque in Benghazi's...

239 migrants feared dead as boats capsized off Libyan coast

  • 5 November 2016 - 08:12
239 migrants feared dead as boats capsized off Libyan coast

At least 239 illegal migrants died when their two boats capsized off the coast of Libya, according to the United Nations refugee agency. According to the Libyan News Agency (LANA), a UNHCR spokeswoman in Italy, Carlotta Sami, said 31 survivors of the two capsized boats arrived on the...

US warship launches attack on IS militants in Sirte

  • 5 November 2016 - 08:01
US warship launches attack on IS militants in Sirte

US Marines are using Super Cobra attack helicopters to mount close-range airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Libyan city of Sirte, the US navy said Thursday. The gunship attacks, the first of their kind to be confirmed in over two months, were launched overnight from the USS San...

Turkey condemns GNC coup on legitimate High Council of State in Tripoli

  • 3 November 2016 - 14:30
Turkey condemns GNC coup on legitimate High Council of State in Tripoli

The Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli, met Wednesday with the Turkish President's delegate Emrullah İşler accompanied by the Turkish ambassador to Libya. The meeting was also attended by Al-Sweihli's deputies Saleh Al-Makhzoum and Mohammed...

Head of EU Mission in Libya: Training Libyan coastguards will help stem human trafficking

  • 2 November 2016 - 20:37
Head of EU Mission in Libya: Training Libyan coastguards will help stem human trafficking

The head of the European Union's Mediterranean mission said on Wednesday that EU's training for Libya's coastguard to stop people smugglers and rescue boat migrants could help save many lives and avoid incidents in which Libyan officials have behaved too aggressively. The EU's Operation...

Libyan forces lose more fighters in Sirte as they continue to trap IS radicals in 1km area

  • 2 November 2016 - 16:56
Libyan forces lose more fighters in Sirte as they continue to trap IS radicals in 1km area

The Misurata-led forces have gained new foot in more areas inside the last IS spot in Sirte, the seaside Jizah neighbourhood, the media bureau of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord’s Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation reported Wednesday. On Facebook, the media bureau added that...

Operation Dignity spokesman urges UN-backed Libyan forces to hand them Sirte battle

  • 2 November 2016 - 16:51
Operation Dignity spokesman urges UN-backed Libyan forces to hand them Sirte battle

The spokesman of Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity, Ahmed Al-Mismari, called on the forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous to pull out from Sirte liberation battle with the least losses they could bear so that Operation Dignity forces get into the fight against IS militants. Speaking to the Egyptian...

UNSMIL Human Rights Report on Libya: Sharp Rise in Civilian Death

  • 2 November 2016 - 08:50
UNSMIL Human Rights Report on Libya: Sharp Rise in Civilian Death

From 1 October to 31 October 2016, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 102 civilian casualties, including 29 deaths and 73 injured, during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. Victims included 7 children killed and 13 injured, 3 women killed and 6 injured, 19 men...

HoR Chief Commander acknowledges mutiny within Dignity Operation

  • 1 November 2016 - 20:58
HoR Chief Commander acknowledges mutiny within Dignity Operation

The Commander in Chief of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Abdelraziq Al-Nadori, revealed that there is a rebellion inside the forces and leadership of the Dignity Operation led by Khalifa Haftar. “We’re going to keep an eye on those who are thinking of betraying our forces...

Iran’s Ambassador to Libya: We will recognise GNA once approved by HoR

  • 1 November 2016 - 16:52
Iran’s Ambassador to Libya: We will recognise GNA once approved by HoR

The Iranian Ambassador to Libya, Hussein Akbari, has disclosed that his country has not recognised the Government of National Accord yet. Speaking to Iranian Fars News Agency, Akbari said that Tehran had decided to delay its recognition of the GNA as Libya’s sole legitimate government until it...