Libya

Al-Serraj discussed US Libya policy with top US officials

  • 8 April 2017 - 14:12
Al-Serraj discussed US Libya policy with top US officials

The head of the U.N.-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has met in Stuttgart, Germany with top U.S. officials, in hopes of finding a way forward for what one analyst is calling “the Obama administration’s Iraq.” Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, told VOA...

Libyan coastguards kill four human-traffickers off western shores

  • 6 April 2017 - 22:12
Libyan coastguards kill four human-traffickers off western shores

Four suspected migrant traffickers were killed in an exchange of fire with Libyan coastguards off the western town of Zawiya on Thursday, the navy said. Navy spokesperson General Ayoub Qassem told AFP that the traffickers were on a vessel escorting a migrant boat headed across the...

Clashes erupt for Tamanhent airbase in southern Libya

  • 6 April 2017 - 12:37
Clashes erupt for Tamanhent airbase in southern Libya

Eastern forces of the Operation Dignity led by Khalifa Haftar said on Wednesday that they had carried out airstrikes and a ground attack on an airbase controlled by the Third Force. The attack and airstrikes prompted a pledge of retaliation from the Government of National Accord in Tripoli,...

35 African nationals who were captives for IS in Sirte released from Misurata prison

  • 6 April 2017 - 11:55
35 African nationals who were captives for IS in Sirte released from Misurata prison

Libyan authorities released on Wednesday 28 Eritreans and seven Nigerians who were captured and enslaved by Islamic State in Sirte and had been held in detention since the jihadist group lost the city in December, Reuters reported. The group, all but two of whom are women and children, escaped...

Abdul Rahman Al-Sweihli elected again as Head of High Council of State

  • 5 April 2017 - 15:57
Abdul Rahman Al-Sweihli elected again as Head of High Council of State

Abdul Rahman Al-Sweihli was elected again as the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) after he won achieving 66 votes while his opponent from Construction and Justice Party Abdelsalam Ghweila came second with only 22 votes, in an election ceremony that was aired live from the HCS...

Italy’s ambassador meets HoR Speaker in Tobruk for political discussions

  • 5 April 2017 - 14:39
Italy’s ambassador meets HoR Speaker in Tobruk for political discussions

The Italian ambassador in Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, has arrived in Tobruk to meet with the House of Representatives' Speaker, Aguilah Saleh, to discuss the current political affairs in the country. The Italian ambassador arrived in Tobruk to meet with Saleh and discuss the current political...

169 Gambian illegal migrants deported home from Libya after prison ordeal

  • 5 April 2017 - 11:04
169 Gambian illegal migrants deported home from Libya after prison ordeal

A hundred and sixty nine Gambian migrants returned home on Tuesday, after journeying across the Sahara in harsh conditions only to get stuck in Libya, most in jails far short of their intended destination in Europe, Reuters reported. The were mostly young men in their 20s, the main demographic...

AFP photographer in Libya freed after two detention days in Benghazi

  • 4 April 2017 - 21:14
AFP photographer in Libya freed after two detention days in Benghazi

AFP's photographer in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, Abdullah Doma, was released Monday after two days of detention, but his identity papers were confiscated and his situation remains highly uncertain. Benghazi is controlled by the military authorities of Khalifa Haftar, the strongman...

MSF: MoU between Libya and Italy perilous to migrants

  • 4 April 2017 - 14:27
MSF: MoU between Libya and Italy perilous to migrants

An agreement between Italy and Libya to fight people-smuggling in the north African nation will lead to migrants being returned to camps where they are held against their will, extorted and abused, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Monday, Reuters reported. Italy signed a memorandum of...

Libyan Prime Minister and LNCHR discuss improving human rights status in Libya

  • 3 April 2017 - 23:24
Libyan Prime Minister and LNCHR discuss improving human rights status in Libya

The Head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj, has discussed the issues related to human rights and humanitarian affairs as well as public freedoms in Libya with the Head of the Libyan National Commission for Human Rights (LNCHR) Ahmed...