Libya

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi: Italy looks to Libya with a fascist eye

  • 3 August 2017 - 16:40
Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi: Italy looks to Libya with a fascist eye

The son of the late Libyan dictator, Muamar Gaddaif, Saif Al-Islam, has stated that the Italian policy toward Libya is based on the colonisation and fascist strategy of the past. Saif Gaddafi, according to a report by Libya 24 TV on Thursday, was cited by a close source as saying that Italy...

Misurata and eastern region delegations meet in Cairo for reconciliation

  • 3 August 2017 - 16:38
Misurata and eastern region delegations meet in Cairo for reconciliation

Egypt hosted over the past three days two delegations from the Libyan eastern region of Barqa and the northwestern port city of Misrata to outline a roadmap for inter-Libyan national reconciliation, the Egyptian army said in a statement on Thursday. Led by Egypt's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy,...

Two Italian fishing boats attacked between Libyan and Tunisian waters, ANSA

  • 3 August 2017 - 14:43
Two Italian fishing boats attacked between Libyan and Tunisian waters, ANSA

Two Italian fishing boats from the Sicilian port town of Mazara del Vallo - the ''Aliseo'' and ''Anna Madre'' - were reportedly attacked by a boat off Zarzis, at the border between Libya and Tunisia, in international waters. An Italian Navy helicopter and a Tunisian military vessel reportedly...

Libyan military strongman orders bombing Italian warships in Libyan waters

  • 3 August 2017 - 09:12
Libyan military strongman orders bombing Italian warships in Libyan waters

The Libyan eastern commander of Operation Dignity, Khalifa Haftar, has ordered his air force and navy force troops to destroy any ships that are not commercial inside the Libyan waters.   This order comes as the Italian parliament approved Wednesday to send to Libyan waters a naval...

Human Rights Watch: Italy’s naval mission could endanger migrants lives in Libya

  • 3 August 2017 - 08:27
Human Rights Watch: Italy’s naval mission could endanger migrants lives in Libya

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Italy's naval mission to prevent refugees and asylum seekers from setting sail from violent-hit Libya for Europe could see Rome commit human rights abuses. Judith Sunderland, associate Europe and Central Asia director at the HRW, said on Wednesday that...

Eastern parliament in Libya rejects Italian-Al-Serraj deal for naval mission

  • 2 August 2017 - 19:22
Eastern parliament in Libya rejects Italian-Al-Serraj deal for naval mission

The Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) has issued a televised statement rejecting any agreements made by the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, with Italy regarding the stemming of illegal immigration in the Libyan waters. The HoR announced that the request of the...

Italy seizes German NGO’s boat off Libyan coast for aiding human trafficking

  • 2 August 2017 - 19:21
Italy seizes German NGO’s boat off Libyan coast for aiding human trafficking

Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Video showed the Iuventa, which is run by Jugend Rettet, arriving at the island of Lampedusa...

UNSMIL report on violations of human rights in Libya during July

  • 2 August 2017 - 15:46
UNSMIL report on violations of human rights in Libya during July

From 1 July to 31 July 2017, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 36 civilian casualties - 15 deaths and 21 injuries – during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. Victims included 7 men killed and 12 injured, 4 women killed and 5 injured and 4 children killed...

Italy parliament gives green light for sending warships into Libyan waters

  • 2 August 2017 - 14:34
Italy parliament gives green light for sending warships into Libyan waters

Italy's parliament authorized on Wednesday a limited naval mission to help Libya's coastguard curb migrant flows, which have become a source of growing political friction ahead of national elections expected early next year. An Italian official said Rome planned to send two boats to Libyan...

8 migrants found dead at sea off Libyan coast

  • 2 August 2017 - 14:02
8 migrants found dead at sea off Libyan coast

    The bodies of eight migrants have been found at sea off the coast of Libya by rescuers coming to the aid of four rubber dinghies, the Italian coastguard said on Tuesday. Some 500 survivors in total were being pulled to safety, the coastguard told AFP. Spanish NGO...