Libya

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...

Fight between Libyan human trafficking gangs kills 22 migrants, injures 100 others

  • 8 March 2017 - 13:31
Fight between Libyan human trafficking gangs kills 22 migrants, injures 100 others

22 migrants have been killed and some 100 injured in fighting between rival smuggler gangs in Libya so far this year. This comes at a time when seaborne migration from Africa to Italy has risen by 50 percent so far in 2017. "This is creating all kinds of activity in the smuggling industry,...

Libya repatriates 27 Bangladeshis in cooperation with IOM

  • 8 March 2017 - 13:26
Libya repatriates 27 Bangladeshis in cooperation with IOM

Twenty-seven Bangladeshi migrants, who travelled to Libya for work without valid documents, have been sent home. A flight carrying them landed at the Dhaka airport on Wednesday, an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) official told the Dhaka Tribune. It is unclear when the Libyan...

Western countries urge Libyan factions to end strife at oil terminals

  • 8 March 2017 - 13:16
Western countries urge Libyan factions to end strife at oil terminals

Western ambassadors have called for calm in Libya following bloody clashes between rival factions at the oil terminals. The envoys from the US, UK and France urged Libya's warring parties to recognise the authority of the Libyan National Oil Corporation and said that revenues must be...

Libya tops list again by new US Muslim travel ban

  • 7 March 2017 - 12:40
Libya tops list again by new US Muslim travel ban

United States President, Donald Trump, has signed a revised travel ban banning citizens of 6 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Three African countries are affected by the ban which is expected to take effect after 10 days. Somalia, Sudan and Libya have made the list...

Qatar declines HoR accusations of sponsoring attack on oil terminals

  • 7 March 2017 - 12:35
Qatar declines HoR accusations of sponsoring attack on oil terminals

The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed strong condemnation and rejection of allegations about Qatar's involvement in the internal conflicts between the Libyan parties. An official source at the Ministry said the statement issued by a number of members of the Libyan Tobruk-based...