Libya

Hafra’s warplane shot down in Derna by local fighters

  • 30 July 2017 - 11:21
Hafra’s warplane shot down in Derna by local fighters

A warplane from Khalifa Haftar's east Libyan forces has been shot down during a bombing raid on Derna. The MiG-21 was downed by a missile during an air raid on the east Libyan city, held by an Islamist militia coalition known as Derna Shura Council. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army...

Gunmen attack Libyan Constitution Drafting Assembly HQ to scrap draft by force

  • 29 July 2017 - 19:39
Gunmen attack Libyan Constitution Drafting Assembly HQ to scrap draft by force

A group of gunmen attacked the headquarters of Libyan Constitution Drafting Assembly in Al-Bayda city in eastern Libya, holding the Chairman of the CDA and the members threatening them of shooting them dead if they don't announce backing off on the approved constitutions, media outlets in Libya...

Exclusive: Libyan constitution draft approved by CDA in Al-Bayda

  • 29 July 2017 - 18:45
Exclusive: Libyan constitution draft approved by CDA in Al-Bayda

According to sources from the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) in Al-Bayda city, the Libyan constitution final draft has been approved by a majority of votes of 44 members representing the three Libyan regions. The sources told Libyan Express that the constitution urges for electing a...

Humanitarian NGOs operating off Libya’s coast face suspension if rift with Italy unresolved

  • 29 July 2017 - 18:42
Humanitarian NGOs operating off Libya’s coast face suspension if rift with Italy unresolved

Charities face having to suspend missions to rescue migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean, unless a row with the Italian government can be resolved by Monday, Huffington Post reported. The organizations, including Save the Children and SOS Méditerranée, have said they have concerns over...

UN Security Council welcomes accord between Haftar and Al-Serraj

  • 29 July 2017 - 10:50
UN Security Council welcomes accord between Haftar and Al-Serraj

The members of the United Nations Security Council welcomed Thursday the recent efforts to strengthen an inclusive political dialogue among all Libyans, supported by Libya’s neighbours, international partners and regional organizations within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement...

HRW: Activists being silenced by attacks, threats and harassment in west Libya

  • 29 July 2017 - 10:22
HRW: Activists being silenced by attacks, threats and harassment in west Libya

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that activists in western Libya have been physically attacked and threatened by armed groups, some affiliated with U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the country's capital, Tripoli. The statement by the HRW on Thursday says that Libyan...

New UN envoy to Libya Ghssam Salame to arrive in Tripoli Wednesday aiming to resolve Libya’s dilemma

  • 29 July 2017 - 10:05
New UN envoy to Libya Ghssam Salame to arrive in Tripoli Wednesday aiming to resolve Libya’s dilemma

Set to arrive in Libya next week, the new United Nations Special Representative said that he was coming to Tripoli to work with the Libyans, in an attempt to help find a solution out of the political crisis that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and pushed the country into a crisis that...

Despite Libyan Prime Minister denial, Italy approves sending ships to Libyan waters

  • 28 July 2017 - 20:24
Despite Libyan Prime Minister denial, Italy approves sending ships to Libyan waters

Italy on Friday approved sending Italian naval ships to help the Libyan coast guard combat migrant trafficking following a request by the North African nation, The Associated Press reported. The measure is part of efforts to stanch the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants who are smuggled...

Al-Serraj denies asking Italy to send ships into Libyan waters to combat human traffickers

  • 28 July 2017 - 14:39
Al-Serraj denies asking Italy to send ships into Libyan waters to combat human traffickers

Libya's UN-backed unity government chief has denied that an agreement has been struck with Rome to deploy Italian vessels in Libyan waters to combat human trafficking. Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj "denies having asked Italy to send naval vessels into Libya's territorial waters... or fighter...

262 Nigerians return home from Libya

  • 27 July 2017 - 17:17
262 Nigerians return home from Libya

Two hundred and sixty-two more Nigerians voluntarily returned home from Libya on Wednesday with the help of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines...