Libya

Greek Foreign Minister visits Tripoli in a bid to soon open embassy

  • 26 November 2016 - 15:42
Greek Foreign Minister visits Tripoli in a bid to soon open embassy

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is to conduct an official visit to Libya on Monday amid reports that Athens is planning to reopen its embassy in Tripoli and restore diplomatic relations with the North African country. Greece’s embassy closed at the end of July 2014 due to civil strife in...

36 schools reopen in IS-freed districts in Sirte

  • 26 November 2016 - 13:26
36 schools reopen in IS-freed districts in Sirte

The media spokesman of the Sirte municipality, Muhammad Al-Amil, said Friday that 36 schools had reopened and resumed study in the districts liberated from the grip of IS militants in Sirte. Since last May, the Misurata-led forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous have freed almost all of Sirte except...

Murder of Fatwa House cleric ignites ire in Tripoli

  • 26 November 2016 - 11:32
Murder of Fatwa House cleric ignites ire in Tripoli

Huge numbers of people took to the Martyrs Square in Tripoli on Friday to conduct an absentee funeral prayer for the murdered cleric and member of the Libya Fatwa House, Nader Al-Omrani. Al-Omrani was announced dead in a confession video by one of his murderers earlier last week. His body,...

Libyan forces find 40 IS dead bodies in including children in Sirte

  • 24 November 2016 - 18:52
Libyan forces find 40 IS dead bodies in including children in Sirte

The deputy commander of the field operations room in Sirte, Abdel Hadi Dara, said the Misurata-led forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous, which is appointed by the UN-brokered Government of National Accord, found killed children aging between 10-12 years old in the seaside Jizah neighbourhood in...

UN delegate to Libya in Tripoli to save political agreement

  • 24 November 2016 - 15:20
UN delegate to Libya in Tripoli to save political agreement

The UNSMIL Head, Martin Kobler, said he discussed in Tripoli Thursday the needed mechanisms for getting the political agreement going in the right direction in Libya. The meeting took place in Tripoli and was attended by many dialogue members. On Twitter, Kobler said he met with...

El-Sisi says his country supports Haftar’s Operation Dignity forces

  • 24 November 2016 - 10:45
El-Sisi says his country supports Haftar’s Operation Dignity forces

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, said his country fully supports the "Libyan Army" led by Khalifa Haftar as it supports the Syrian Army under the command of Bashar Al-Assad. In a TV interview with a Portuguese channel, el-Sisi said their priority is to back up what he called the...

Tunisian President confirms US use of Tunisia to fly drones over Libya

  • 23 November 2016 - 22:49
Tunisian President confirms US use of Tunisia to fly drones over Libya

The Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, confirmed that the US had been for some time flying surveillance drones along border with war-torn Libya. In a TV interview late on Tuesday, Essebsi said the US had flown drones for reconaissance operations on the Tunisian-Libyan border. “This is...

Sabha tribes agree on a three-day ceasefire

  • 23 November 2016 - 20:44
Sabha tribes agree on a three-day ceasefire

The two conflicting tribes of Awlad Sulaiman and Gaddadfah in Sabh have agreed on a ceasefire that will last for three days and will start on Tuesday at 11.00 pm. The truce was reached after the efforts of a committee made up of notables and elders from the southern region and Werfilla tribe,...

Ganfudah besieged residents launch petition asking UK mayors to get them out of Benghazi

  • 23 November 2016 - 20:18
Ganfudah besieged residents launch petition asking UK mayors to get them out of Benghazi

31 civilian families, by the coastal area of Ganfudah in Benghazi, with 390 children and many elders launched Wednesday a petition online asking the London and Edinburgh mayors to help get them out of the district safe and sound. "We are all civilians and take no part in the militant conflict....

IOM: Most immigrants setting off from Libya don’t want to reach Europe

  • 23 November 2016 - 15:21
IOM: Most immigrants setting off from Libya don’t want to reach Europe

The International Organization for Migration says a new survey shows that most immigrants who cross the Mediterranean from Libya, and increasingly die trying, actually don't want to reach Europe. The IOM spokesman Joel Millman says human smugglers have forced out many migrants — at times...