Libya

France24: Haftar’s forces mobilizing for battle to retake oil terminals

  • 11 March 2017 - 21:37
France24: Haftar’s forces mobilizing for battle to retake oil terminals

France24 TV channel has reported that the forces of Operation Dignity under the command of Khalifa Haftar are mobilizing for a decisive battle at oil crescent. According to the channel, the battle will aim at retaking control of the oil terminals they had lost for Benghazi Defence Brigades...

Water for captives release, Benghazi Defence Brigades and Operation Dignity deal says

  • 11 March 2017 - 16:48
Water for captives release, Benghazi Defence Brigades and Operation Dignity deal says

Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) said the forces of Operation Dignity informed them that Khalifa Haftar had agreed to allow water to enter into the besieged Ganfudah area in western Benghazi, saying it will thereafter release the Operation Dignity fighters in return. "We will set free the...

Russian private company has armed eastern fighters of Haftar’s forces

  • 11 March 2017 - 16:36
Russian private company has armed eastern fighters of Haftar’s forces

Reuters - A force of several dozen armed private security contractors from Russia operated until last month in a part of Libya that is under the control of regional leader Khalifa Haftar, the head of the firm that hired the contractors told Reuters. It is the clearest signal to date that Moscow...

AFRICOM chief says US concerned over Russian meddling in Libya

  • 11 March 2017 - 16:33
AFRICOM chief says US concerned over Russian meddling in Libya

The head of U.S. Africa Command, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, raised the alarm Thursday about Russian interference in Libya during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, according to Military Times. “It is very concerning, senator," Waldhauser said in response to Arizona Sen. John McCain's...

Watchdog: Britain’s aid programme in Libya might be harmful to migrants

  • 11 March 2017 - 16:28
Watchdog: Britain’s aid programme in Libya might be harmful to migrants

An independent watchdog has warned that the UK's aid programme in Libya could be harming vulnerable migrants, the BBC wrote on Friday. According tp thje BBC, about £9m is spent providing water and sanitation for refugees in detention centres, training Libya's coastguard, and helping...

EU leaders discuss cutting off Libya route in face of migrants

  • 10 March 2017 - 14:26
EU leaders discuss cutting off Libya route in face of migrants

The European Union leaders discussed Thursday in Brussels a plan aimed at cutting off the illegal migration route from Libya to Italy as fears of a hike in immigrants' influx to Europe mount with the coming of summer. According yo the EU statistics, the first two months in 2017 registered higher...

Libyan National Guard positions its forces in downtown Tripoli

  • 10 March 2017 - 13:15
Libyan National Guard positions its forces in downtown Tripoli

The Libyan National Guard of the Salvation Government said it had reopened the roads nearby Riyadiya area in Tripoli's downtown. The area saw protests by residents on Thursday. The residents blocked the roads by sand barriers. The Libyan National Guard also said that its forces...

HoR calls for presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya in early 2018

  • 9 March 2017 - 16:11
HoR calls for presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya in early 2018

Libya's Tobruk-based House of Representatives has called for elections to be held in February 2018, after it backed out of a United Nations-brokered peace deal with rival authorities in the capital, Tripoli. The widening split has stoked concerns that violence could escalate in the fractured...

Tobruk HoR breaks up with Libyan Political Agreement after losing grip on oil ports

  • 9 March 2017 - 11:52
Tobruk HoR breaks up with Libyan Political Agreement after losing grip on oil ports

Libya’s eastern House of Representatives (HoR) voted on Tuesday to withdraw its support for a UN peace deal and Government of National Accord (GNA). The decision led to an escalation in the fractured country’s division as many HoR members threatened Wednesday to split from Tobruk HQ and...

Libyan Aman Bank set on fire as clashes erupt in Tripoli’s centre

  • 8 March 2017 - 14:52
Libyan Aman Bank set on fire as clashes erupt in Tripoli’s centre

Clashes between armed groups broke out Wednesday morning in Gurji, downtown Tripoli. The Libyan Express cannot verify which factions are fighting in the area, but sources reported that Gurji residents clashed with the bank security guards. However, eyewitnesses said the main Aman Bank...