Libya

Malta warns of Russia’s military support for eastern Libyan ‘warlord’

  • 14 January 2017 - 12:36
Malta warns of Russia’s military support for eastern Libyan ‘warlord’

A Russia-backed Libyan warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to the EU, Malta has warned. The danger comes as the Libyan commander, Khalifa Haftar, advances on Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government, Malta’s foreign minister, George Vella, told...

15 Egyptians kidnapped in Libya for ransom, say Egyptian sources

  • 12 January 2017 - 12:15
15 Egyptians kidnapped in Libya for ransom, say Egyptian sources

Fifteen migrant workers from Egypt were kidnapped and tortured in Libya last week with their kidnappers demanding from their families a ransom of 300,000 Libyan dinars to release them or they would be killed, Hamada Salah, a brother of one of the kidnapped, told Egyptian news website Ahram...

Head of Presidential Council arrives in Egypt to discuss support for GNA

  • 11 January 2017 - 19:28
Head of Presidential Council arrives in Egypt to discuss support for GNA

The Head of the Presidential Council of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj, arrived Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt, on a formal visit to discuss more support by the country to his government. According to Al-Sharq Al-Awasat news agency, the meetings of Al-Serraj...

Haftar discusses military support on Russian aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean

  • 11 January 2017 - 19:12
Haftar discusses military support on Russian aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean

  Operation Dignity leader in the east, Khalifa Haftar has visited the Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, as it was en route from the coast off Syria through the Mediterranean to Russia, reported Russian media and news agencies on Wednesday morning. Haftar discussed - via...

Chief of the Russian Armed Forces arrives in Tobruk to meet Khalifa Haftar

  • 11 January 2017 - 17:14
Chief of the Russian Armed Forces arrives in Tobruk to meet Khalifa Haftar

The chief of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, has reportedly arrived in Tobruk in a bid to meet the leader of the Operation Dignity forces in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar. No more details were reported, but according to local Libyan news operators, the meeting is part of discussions...

Eastern HoR considers replacing Libya’s national anthem, flag

  • 11 January 2017 - 12:09
Eastern HoR considers replacing Libya’s national anthem, flag

The Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) said it had received a letter from HoR members urging for the replacement of the current national anthem and flag in the country because, they said, they are slowing down the current efforts for achieving nationwide reconciliation. The HoR members...

Russian warships doing military drills in the Libyan water coordinated with Haftar’s forces

  • 10 January 2017 - 20:38
Russian warships doing military drills in the Libyan water coordinated with Haftar’s forces

An official at the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the Russian Navy has warned the Libyan airplanes of flying over the (Point.33) area above Sirte city in the Libyan territorial waters. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Libyan Press Solidarity on Tuesday...

Libya’s western region threatened by imminent blackout

  • 10 January 2017 - 16:16
Libya’s western region threatened by imminent blackout

According to officials at Al-Zawiya oil refinery , an armed militia shut the gas pipeline that is feeding the power generator at Al-Hersha power plant, which feeds large parts of western Libya including Al-Zawiya and Tripoli. "If the militia did not open the pipeline and allowed the power...

Italy reopens embassy in Tripoli, GNA Foreign Minister announces

  • 9 January 2017 - 18:18
Italy reopens embassy in Tripoli, GNA Foreign Minister announces

Italy's Ambassador to Libya will present his credentials to the Foreign Ministry and Administration of Diplomatic Affairs of the Government of National Accord and will resume work in the embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday, The GNA Foreign Minister, Mohammed Sayala said Monday. In a joint press...

Pro-Haftar TV channel airs IS radical’s confession saying Tunisian journalists missing in Libya were killed

  • 8 January 2017 - 17:43
Pro-Haftar TV channel airs IS radical’s confession saying Tunisian journalists missing in Libya were killed

The two Tunisian journalists who went missing in 2014 were killed by IS militants in Derna, said a suspected IS radical on pro-Khalifa Haftar's Operation Dignity TV channel, Libya Al-Hadath. IS had claimed in January 2015 to have executed blogger Sofiene Chourabi and photographer Nadhir Ktari...