Libya

UNHCR urges for sanctions on smugglers in Libya to stem immigration

  • 4 July 2017 - 12:27
UNHCR urges for sanctions on smugglers in Libya to stem immigration

The U.N. refugee agency is calling on the U.N. sanctions committee to extend international sanctions on the sale of weapons to Libya to include financial and travel bans on human smugglers and traffickers responsible for gross violations against refugees and migrants. “We need absolutely to...

Tripoli International Airport receives first flight since 2014

  • 4 July 2017 - 11:58
Tripoli International Airport receives first flight since 2014

The first ever landing of an airplane since 2014 took place in Tripoli International Airport on Tuesday. The airplane was for the Head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj and his delegation coming from Ethiopia. Al-Serraj was attending the...

Gunmen open fire on Libyan Education Minister’s convoy

  • 3 July 2017 - 19:28
Gunmen open fire on Libyan Education Minister’s convoy

The Education Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire on his convoy on Monday on Sabha main road. The Education Minister, Othman Abdeljalil, was reported as safe and secure after the incident that took place...

EU countries pledge more funds to help Libyan coastguards stem surge of migrants

  • 3 July 2017 - 12:06
EU countries pledge more funds to help Libyan coastguards stem surge of migrants

France, Germany and the EU’s migration chief have pledged more money for Libya’s coast guard and increased efforts to help Italy cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from Africa, according to a report by the Associated Press. The French Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday that it...

Libya’s east went into total blackout

  • 3 July 2017 - 11:38
Libya’s east went into total blackout

Power outages continue to trouble the daily lives of Libyans across the country amid the current rising temperatures that hit on Sunday 45 in some cities. According to the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) the eastern region went into a total blackout on Sunday after a technical fault...

UNSMIL Human Rights Report documents 9 deaths, 17 injuries in Libya last June

  • 2 July 2017 - 17:06
UNSMIL Human Rights Report documents 9 deaths, 17 injuries in Libya last June

The United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL) said that in June 2017, it documented 26 civilian casualties - 9 deaths and 17 injuries – during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. In its Human Rights Report for June 2017, the UNSMIL said that the victims included 6 men killed and 12 injured,...

Martin Kobler bids farewell to Libya and Libyans

  • 2 July 2017 - 13:48
Martin Kobler bids farewell to Libya and Libyans

The UN delegate to Libya and the Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, has waved goodbye to the Libyan people, saying it had been an honor for him to be in Libya since November 2015. Kobler tweeted that it is his honor to have served in Libya as an advocate of peace and security, saying that he...

The Netherlands says too early to reopen embassy in Libya

  • 1 July 2017 - 22:01
The Netherlands says too early to reopen embassy in Libya

Holland has announced that it will send a new envoy to Libya three years after closing its mission in the war-torn country, news outlets reported on Friday. However, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Chris Bakker, it is “too early to re-open the embassy” in the Libyan capital. He noted...

Libyan Jews and officials meet in Greece for reconciliation efforts

  • 1 July 2017 - 17:19
Libyan Jews and officials meet in Greece for reconciliation efforts

Libyan Jews held a meeting in Greece on Friday aiming at striking reconciliation between Libyan Jews who were expelled from Libya in 1960 and Libyan officials. The meeting will last for three days, according to media sources. In the meeting, the Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoob...

UN Security Council extends sanctions on illicit oil exports from Libya

  • 1 July 2017 - 15:58
UN Security Council extends sanctions on illicit oil exports from Libya

The U.N. Security Council has extended sanctions on illegal oil exports from Libya to cover refined petroleum products as well, in a bid to stem rampant smuggling of subsidized fuel by sea, according to Reuters. Imported fuel that is priced lower for the domestic market is commonly smuggled by...