Libya

Spanish NGO says its ship seized by Libyan coastguards, ponders suspension of work

  • 17 August 2017 - 10:00
Spanish NGO says its ship seized by Libyan coastguards, ponders suspension of work

The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms announced Tuesday evening via social networks that its ship, Blue Gulf, had been seized for two hours by the Libya coastguard in international waters and forced to head to Libyan ones, ANSA reported Wednesday. ''Having been released, the Blue Gulf is sailing...

Tarhouna power station burnt by overload

  • 17 August 2017 - 09:50
Tarhouna power station burnt by overload

Tarhouna power station has been burnt over the overload Tuesday, according to Salim Al-Faqih, the official at General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) Al-Faqih said that burning of the network was caused by damaged cables, which could not take any more electricity demand by the city. He...

Human Rights Watch deplores Al-Wefrfalli’s crimes, calls for his surrender to ICC: Press Release

  • 16 August 2017 - 09:38
Human Rights Watch deplores Al-Wefrfalli’s crimes, calls for his surrender to ICC: Press Release

Forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in eastern Libya appear to have executed captured fighters in Benghazi and desecrated corpses, Human Rights Watch said today. Video recordings posted online since January 2017 seem to show LNA fighters carrying out seven distinct unlawful executions of...

UN delegate arrived in Misurata on an unannounced visit

  • 15 August 2017 - 22:22
UN delegate arrived in Misurata on an unannounced visit

UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salama arrived in Libya’s northwestern city of Misurata on Tuesday on an unannounced visit. Without giving further details, the UN’s mission in Libya tweeted that Salama had “arrived at Misurata airport to meet with political and community...

Amnesty International urges for immediate hand-over of ICC-wanted Al-Werfalli

  • 15 August 2017 - 21:58
Amnesty International urges for immediate hand-over of ICC-wanted Al-Werfalli

 Responding to news that the International Criminal Court has issued a warrant today for the arrest of Mahmoud al-Werfelli, who is accused of war crimes for actions committed while he was Field Commander of the Special Forces Brigade (Al-Saiqa) affiliated to the Libyan National Army, Heba...

ICC issues arrest warrant of Mahmoud Al-Werfalli of Operation Dignity

  • 15 August 2017 - 15:28
ICC issues arrest warrant of Mahmoud Al-Werfalli of Operation Dignity

The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf AL-WERFALLI ("Mr Al-Werfalli") allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya. Mr Al-Werfalli is...

Russian Foreign Minister promises Haftar to help restore Libya’s “statehood”

  • 15 August 2017 - 09:44
Russian Foreign Minister promises Haftar to help restore Libya’s “statehood”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow supports the full-scale restoration of the statehood of Libya. Lavrov added that while the situation in Libya remains complicated, actions are being undertaken in order to reach national a political solution. "Unfortunately, the...

Italy supports Libya’s ban on NGOs in its waters

  • 15 August 2017 - 09:38
Italy supports Libya’s ban on NGOs in its waters

Italy has endorsed Libya’s decision to chase NGOs out of coastal waters in what one charity called “an unacceptable assault on people’s lives and dignity”. Angelino Alfano, Italy’s foreign minister, told La Stampa, an Italian newspaper, on Sunday (13 August) that Libya’s actions...

Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan arrested in Tripoli

  • 14 August 2017 - 08:27
Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan arrested in Tripoli

Sources from the Interior Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) confirmed arresting the former Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zidan, in Tripoli. According to the source, Zidan was arrested from Victoria Hotel in Dahra, Tripoli, where he was received by the Presidential Council, which...

After MSF, two other NGOs suspend work off Libyan coast citing “Libyan ban”

  • 13 August 2017 - 17:23
After MSF, two other NGOs suspend work off Libyan coast citing “Libyan ban”

A second humanitarian group in two days has reluctantly decided to suspend migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea due to Libyan threats, and other charities with rescue ships on Sunday were considering doing the same. Germany-based Sea-Eye said it made the decision to halt its water rescues...