Libya

Fighting in Sabratha in western Libya could be warm welcome to ISIS

  • 19 September 2017 - 21:15
Fighting in Sabratha in western Libya could be warm welcome to ISIS

Since early morning on Sunday, the coastal city of Sabratha - some 75 km west of Tripoli - has been witnessing fearsome clashes between two armed groups from the city. One group is called Fighting ISIS Operations Room and the other is called Anas Dabbashi brigade. The clashes began as a car...

Egypt offers to “reorganize” Libyan eastern army led by Haftar

  • 19 September 2017 - 16:35
Egypt offers to “reorganize” Libyan eastern army led by Haftar

Egypt says that it will host the reorganization of Libya’s army, currently an eastern-based force led by Khalifa Haftar. A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya Tuesday says Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the...

Montenegro demands Libya release sailors detained aboard Albanian ship

  • 19 September 2017 - 13:08
Montenegro demands Libya release sailors detained aboard Albanian ship

Montenegro’s Foreign Ministry told BIRN that it has sent a note to the Libyan embassy in Belgrade asking for information and assistance in case of the three Montenegrin sailors from an Albanian ship which was seized on smuggling charges near the port of Zawia, Libya. The ministry said that...

Derna Shura Council recognises 5 foreign workers’ bodies killed by IS terrorists

  • 19 September 2017 - 11:39
Derna Shura Council recognises 5 foreign workers’ bodies killed by IS terrorists

The Derna Shura Council said Monday that it had recognised five bodies of foreign persons who were killed by Islamic State (IS) terrorists when they were in the city in 2015. The council said in a statement that the recognition of the bodies came after they examined the belongings alongside...

UN delegate to Libya meets GNA Premier in New York

  • 19 September 2017 - 10:19
UN delegate to Libya meets GNA Premier in New York

The United Nations delegate to Libya and the Head of its support mission Ghassan Salame has held a discussion meeting with the Head of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj in New York. The meeting in New York meeting came as the two officials...

Essebsi to Haftar: “I can be a mediator among warring factions in Libya”

  • 18 September 2017 - 20:49
Essebsi to Haftar: “I can be a mediator among warring factions in Libya”

Libyan military strongman and commander of Operation Dignity Khalifa Haftar visited Tunisia on Monday for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions. “The stability of Libya is a necessary condition for the stability of Tunisia,”...

Libya returns 170 Sudanese immigrants in coordination with IOM

  • 18 September 2017 - 20:45
Libya returns 170 Sudanese immigrants in coordination with IOM

On Thursday, the Libyan authorities, in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), returned 170 Sudanese migrants as part of a voluntary repatriation programme. The migrants were transported in an aircraft chartered by the IOM from Tripoli's Mitiga Airport to Khartoum....

Libya-Tunisia border closed over Sabratha clashes

  • 18 September 2017 - 11:16
Libya-Tunisia border closed over Sabratha clashes

The Ras Ajdair border with Tunisia was closed from the Libyan side on Sunday due to lack of security in the area. According to security units on the border, the security shakeup in the districts nearby the border crossing with Tunisia led them to close it for the time being. On Sunday dawn,...

GNA Defence Ministry says unfamiliar with Italian mission to southern Libya

  • 17 September 2017 - 22:52
GNA Defence Ministry says unfamiliar with Italian mission to southern Libya

The Defence Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) denied knowing anything about the Italian mission that is believed to be sent to Libya’s southern region. Mohammed Al-Ghosri, the spokesman of the ministry said on a Libyan local TV channel that the matter has been given extra...

Libya’s eastern Premier asks international community to recognize Interim Government as legitimate

  • 17 September 2017 - 19:15
Libya’s eastern Premier asks international community to recognize Interim Government as legitimate

The head of Libya’s rival government in the east called Sunday on the international community to recognise his administration which he says controls most of the country. The Government of National Unity, based in the capital Tripoli, is backed by the United Nations. However, in a telephone...