Libya

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...

Russia transports 70 fighters of Haftar’s forces to Moscow for treatment

  • 3 February 2017 - 15:54
Russia transports 70 fighters of Haftar’s forces to Moscow for treatment

About 70 fighters of the Operation Dignity forces led by Khalifa Haftar were flown to Russia for medical treatment, as a first sign of the recent deals and strong ties between Moscow and Haftar. A spokesperson for the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya,...

IOM launches psychosocial support programme at Libyan migrants detention centres

  • 3 February 2017 - 15:50
IOM launches psychosocial support programme at Libyan migrants detention centres

IOM has begun to roll out a psychosocial support programme for migrants at Libyan detention centres with the launch of a one-day recreational event at Tripoli’s Abu Salim centre. “We do nothing but eat, drink and sleep, the only entertainment we have is talking to each other and that is very...

Clashes break out in Tripoli’s Janzour district

  • 3 February 2017 - 00:01
Clashes break out in Tripoli’s Janzour district

The Fursan Janzour (Janzour Knights) Brigade in a district western Tripoli has engaged in clashes with groups from the Tribes Army of western Libya - mainly from Wershefana and Zintan provinces - Thursday night. According to sources from the district of Janzour, the two armed groups clashed...

PM of Libya’s unity government bargains for more assistance from EU

  • 2 February 2017 - 17:16
PM of Libya’s unity government bargains for more assistance from EU

The Prime Minster of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj told top European Union officials on Thursday to provide more money and other assistance to secure Tripoli's help in curbing the flow of African migrants to Europe, Reuters reported. According to the report,...

NATO vows to keep supporting Libya in the fight against terrorists

  • 2 February 2017 - 14:44
NATO vows to keep supporting Libya in the fight against terrorists

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Wednesday for talks on the security situation in Libya. The Secretary General said he was encouraged by the progress being made in the fight against ISIL in Libya and conveyed NATOs support to the Government of...

EU starts training for second batch of Libyan coastguards

  • 1 February 2017 - 15:51
EU starts training for second batch of Libyan coastguards

The European Union announced on Monday that it had started training the second group of Libyan coastguards in the Greek island, Crete, as pat of the Operation Sophia Programme. According to the EU's High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini's contacts bureau, over 20...

UNSMIL and Presidential Council urge for release of kidnapped political activist

  • 1 February 2017 - 15:18
UNSMIL and Presidential Council urge for release of kidnapped political activist

The Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, has denounced the abduction of the Libyan political activist Salah Al-Bakoush, who was kidnapped from his neighbourhood in Hay Dimashiq, Tripoli, last Friday. Kobler tweeted on Tuesday that he joins the Presidential Council in their demand for the...