Libya

EU intends to reopen embassy in Libya

  • 10 October 2017 - 22:06
EU intends to reopen embassy in Libya

The European Union (EU) is intending to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control. EU leaders will announce at their summit in Brussels on Oct. 19-20 that they...

Al-Serraj renews call for elections in Libya

  • 10 October 2017 - 17:07
Al-Serraj renews call for elections in Libya

Head of Libya’s unity government Fayez Al-Sarraj has renewed his support for any political plan that leads to holding fresh presidential and parliamentary elections in the conflict-ridden country. Speaking during a meeting with German ambassador to Libya Christian Buck, al-Sarraj hailed the...

Angry protesters block Tobruk’s HoR building, disallow meeting

  • 9 October 2017 - 17:02
Angry protesters block Tobruk’s HoR building, disallow meeting

Dozens of protesters have briefly blocked the gates of the parliament based in the country’s east, preventing a crucial session, lawmakers said on Monday, before negotiations ended the standoff. The house was to convene for the first time since the new U.N. envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame,...

NATO must prevent Russia from having stronger presence in Libya, General-Secretary says

  • 9 October 2017 - 13:52
NATO must prevent Russia from having stronger presence in Libya, General-Secretary says

NATO should not let Russia strengthen its presence in divided Libya as Moscow’s involvement in the peace settlement process in Syria has only created an "even more difficult situation," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. "We are following closely the situation in Libya more...

Thousands of trapped immigrants found in Sabratha camps

  • 8 October 2017 - 15:00
Thousands of trapped immigrants found in Sabratha camps

Thousands of migrants have been found trapped in camps in Libya the past days after they were caught amid the fighting over the northwestern city of Sabratha, officials said Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Over 4,000 migrants, including pregnant women and children, were found in the...

Libyan navy fires at oil-smuggling vessel

  • 8 October 2017 - 12:34
Libyan navy fires at oil-smuggling vessel

The Libyan coastguard has opened fire on an oil tanker carrying contraband fuel, a spokesperson for the navy told AFP on Saturday. “The ‘Goeast’, flying the Comoran flag, was spotted three days ago heading for Abu Kamash and took on fuel via a pipeline on Thursday night, two kilometres...

East Libya forces prepare to take control of Tripoli, military chief says

  • 7 October 2017 - 21:37
East Libya forces prepare to take control of Tripoli, military chief says

A military chief of staff of the east-based Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) has vowed to march with 35.000 fighters to Tripoli and liberate it from "militias." Abdelrazik Al-Nadori told the Swiss German-Language newspaper Neuen Zürcher Zeitung that they are readying their troops for the...

UN Security Council extends authorization to intercept vessels smuggling migrants off Libya

  • 7 October 2017 - 18:03
UN Security Council extends authorization to intercept vessels smuggling migrants off Libya

UN Security Council has extended authorization to intercept vessels suspected of smuggling migrants through Libya for third one-year period. Condemning the continued smuggling of migrants through Libya and off its coast — thereby endangering hundreds of thousands of lives and undermining...

Bodies of Egyptian Copts beheaded by IS in Sirte found

  • 7 October 2017 - 13:54
Bodies of Egyptian Copts beheaded by IS in Sirte found

The bodies of 21 Egyptian Christians killed by Islamic State in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte have been recovered, the attorney general’s office said on Friday. The bodies were found in the same orange jumpsuits the victims were wearing when they were filmed being killed in the coastal...

Fighting rocks downtown Libyan capital, four killed

  • 6 October 2017 - 22:29
Fighting rocks downtown Libyan capital, four killed

Fighting has erupted earlier in Arada area in Libya's capital, Tripoli between two local armed groups over unspecified reasons.   Heavy gunfire and military presence were heard and seen in the area since the afternoon on Friday, when clashes then intensified leading to killing and...