Libya

Coastal road between Tripoli and Al-Zawiya reopened

  • 26 March 2017 - 13:56
Coastal road between Tripoli and Al-Zawiya reopened

The sand barriers that were blocking the coastal road in Sayyad area in Janzour district "Bridge 17", western Tripoli, were removed and the road was reopen from Tripoli to Ras Ajdair. The Ministries of Defence, Interior, and mayors from Tripoli Municipality and Libyan western cities were...

US military to keep troops on Libyan ground to take out IS targets, US General says

  • 25 March 2017 - 13:51
US military to keep troops on Libyan ground to take out IS targets, US General says

The U.S. military will keep an unspecified number of ground troops in Libya to help friendly forces further degrade the Islamic State faction there, and officials are seeking new leeway to target al Qaida loyalists in Somalia, the top commander overseeing operations in Africa said Friday,...

Russia has special troops on ground in support of Haftar’s eastern forces, US officials

  • 25 March 2017 - 13:08
Russia has special troops on ground in support of Haftar’s eastern forces, US officials

The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an "undeniable" link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya, Reuters reported. Earlier this month Reuters reported that Russia appeared...

Amnesty International: Latest migrants’ drowning incident off Libya is shameful failure for the EU

  • 25 March 2017 - 13:06
Amnesty International: Latest migrants’ drowning incident off Libya is shameful failure for the EU

Responding to reports that more than 200 people may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said: “The latest tragedy on this deadly crossing highlights the shameful failure of European governments to...

Head of UNSMIL says deeply concerned about human rights violations in Libya

  • 23 March 2017 - 22:57
Head of UNSMIL says deeply concerned about human rights violations in Libya

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler is gravely concerned at continued and persistent reports of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law being perpetrated across...

Five migrants drown as boat capsizes off Libyan coast

  • 23 March 2017 - 21:38
Five migrants drown as boat capsizes off Libyan coast

Reuters - Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were travelling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, an aid organisation said. Proactiva Open Arms, one of several groups operating in the area, said it was notified that an...

Libya sends 159 Nigerian migrants home in cooperation with IOM

  • 23 March 2017 - 19:18
Libya sends 159 Nigerian migrants home in cooperation with IOM

Libyan authorities on Thursday flew home 159 Nigerian migrants stranded after failing to reach Europe, in the second such voluntary repatriation operation this week. "In coordination with the IOM (International Organization for Migration), we are repatriating 159 Nigerians... including...

Tripoli Appeals Court suspends Libyan-Italian MoU temporarily

  • 23 March 2017 - 15:01
Tripoli Appeals Court suspends Libyan-Italian MoU temporarily

The Tripoli Court of Appeals has ruled to suspend the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Libya's Government of National Accord and Italian government to help fight the waves of immigrants that cross Libyan shores to Italy. The verdict came to stop the MoU as six...

Kobler urges for picking up political dialogue at meeting with Al-Serraj, Al-Sweihli

  • 23 March 2017 - 13:29
Kobler urges for picking up political dialogue at meeting with Al-Serraj, Al-Sweihli

The United Nations delegate to Libya and the Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, met Wednesday with the Head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Serraj, and the Head of the High Council of State(HCS), Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli, separately in Tripoli. Kobler discussed with both leaders...

Ivory Coast deports over 150 nationals from Libya in line with IOM migrants repatriation programme

  • 23 March 2017 - 11:37
Ivory Coast deports over 150 nationals from Libya in line with IOM migrants repatriation programme

Ivory Coast repatriated on Tuesday more than 150 of its nationals who were stranded in Libya, after attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. “This is a humanitarian evacuation of 151 Ivorians detained until then in detention centers in Libya,” a cabinet director at the Ivorian...