Libya

France says security situation in Tripoli disallow reopening embassy

  • 3 June 2017 - 12:56
France says security situation in Tripoli disallow reopening embassy

France's foreign ministry said on Friday security conditions were still not right to reopen its embassy in Libya despite a claim by the prime minister of a United Nations (UN)-backed government there that Paris wanted to restore its diplomatic mission soon, Reuters reported. France closed its...

Armed clashes, airstrikes sweep through central Libya

  • 2 June 2017 - 18:53
Armed clashes, airstrikes sweep through central Libya

Since late at night on Thursday and up until today evening, clashes between Operation Dignity forces backed up by air raids from Egyptian warplanes and Benghazi Defence Brigades and Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous brigades positioned in Waddan and Sokna towns in Jufra, central Libya. According to...

Libyan HoR Speaker gave Egypt green light to bomb Derna

  • 2 June 2017 - 16:17
Libyan HoR Speaker gave Egypt green light to bomb Derna

The Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) had given the green light to Egypt to launch air raids on Derna in eastern Libya in response to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians, a source close to the Tobruk-based HoR told The New Arab. The source told the New Arab on...

Almost 44 sub-Saharan migrants dies of thirst in Niger’s desert en route to Libya

  • 2 June 2017 - 00:37
Almost 44 sub-Saharan migrants dies of thirst in Niger’s desert en route to Libya

At least 44 Libya-bound migrants, including women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the scorching Sahara desert of northern Niger, local officials said Thursday. "The number of migrants who died in the desert is 44 for now," said Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, a...

Rival Tripoli government calls on UN Secretary-General to sack Kobler

  • 1 June 2017 - 22:02
Rival Tripoli government calls on UN Secretary-General to sack Kobler

The Prime Minister of the Salvation Government in Tripoli - a rival government to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) - Khalifa Al-Ghwail, sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, asking him to withdraw Head of UNSMIL, Martin Kobler. In a letter sent on...

Presidential Council forms 7 military zones in Libya

  • 1 June 2017 - 19:14
Presidential Council forms 7 military zones in Libya

The Presidential Council has issued a new law (31 for 2017) to form seven military zones in Libya. The military zones are Tripoli, Tobruk, Benghazi, western region, central region, Kufra, and Sabha. The military zones will be each commanded by a military commander and and an assistant...

Libyans launch campaign to stop Egyptian “invasion”

  • 1 June 2017 - 17:37
Libyans launch campaign to stop Egyptian “invasion”

Libyan officials and activists from the House of Representatives, the High Council of State, former ministers, party leaders, professionals, journalists and representatives of civil society have issued a statement condemning in the strongest possible terms the blatant Egyptian...

Libyan-Canadian Imam denies links to Manchester attack

  • 1 June 2017 - 15:06
Libyan-Canadian Imam denies links to Manchester attack

The Libyan cleric, Abdelbasit Ghwaila, who was for some time an Imam at an Ottawa mosque in Canada, has denied ties to the Libyan-British bomber of Manchester Arena, Salman Abedi, defying all those who accused him with links to Abedi to come out with their evidence. In an interview with the...

UK Foreign Office Secretary: Britain Could have done more to save Libya from chaos

  • 31 May 2017 - 16:24
UK Foreign Office Secretary: Britain Could have done more to save Libya from chaos

The UK could have done more to prevent Libya’s descent into war and chaos, but was right to intervene against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, UK Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, has said. “We didn’t do it to try and transform Libya and do something else. We did it to support the...

Dutch woman missing in Libya’s capital

  • 31 May 2017 - 13:03
Dutch woman missing in Libya’s capital

A woman from Holland, Yvonne Snijter, is missing in Libya's capital Tripoli, according to numerous reports and calls for help from friends on social media. The woman was last seen on Friday in a cafe in the old town of the capital city of Tripoli. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is...