Libya

Tripoli-allied forces push back Haftar’s forces in most violent clashes in Tripoli so far

  • 20 April 2019 - 21:14
Tripoli-allied forces push back Haftar’s forces in most violent clashes in Tripoli so far

Violent clashes broke out in the southern districts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as forces loyal to the country's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a counterattack to repel fighters allied to Khalifa Haftar. Residents of the city said they could hear sustained rocket...

Al-Sirraj lashes out at silence of international community as offensive on Tripoli toughens

  • 20 April 2019 - 13:30
Al-Sirraj lashes out at silence of international community as offensive on Tripoli toughens

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj has condemned the "silence" of his international allies as opposing forces advance on the capital Tripoli. Fayez Al-Serraj told the BBC on Thursday that the Libyan people were starting to feel abandoned by the world as there had been no...

US President calls Haftar and tells him he is doing fine in fighting terrorism

  • 20 April 2019 - 13:11
US President calls Haftar and tells him he is doing fine in fighting terrorism

US President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Khalifa Haftar, the White House revealed Friday, as the Libyan warlord’s forces continued to push toward the heart of Tripoli with heavy shelling in the southern parts of the Libyan capital. A White House statement said Trump "recognized...

Libyan Military Prosecutor issues arrest warrant of Haftar

  • 18 April 2019 - 19:50
Libyan Military Prosecutor issues arrest warrant of Haftar

The Tripoli-based Military Prosecutor has issued arrest warrants of Khalifa Haftar and others under his command for war crimes and recruiting underaged boys in his attack on Tripoli.  The Military prosecutor also issued arrest warrants of six others; Abdelsalam Al-Hassi, Saqir Al-Juroushi,...

205 killed, 25.000 dispalced so far in Tripoli War

  • 18 April 2019 - 12:35
205 killed, 25.000 dispalced so far in Tripoli War

At least 205 people have been killed and more thaan 900 wounded in the battle for control of the Libyan capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Fighting broke out on April 4 when Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take Tripoli, seat of the UN-recognised Government of...

UN envoy to Libya condemns indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli residential areas

  • 17 April 2019 - 15:29
UN envoy to Libya condemns indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli residential areas

The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has condemned in the strongest terms the overnight heavy rocket shelling on the high-density residential neighbourhood of Abu Slim in Tripoli which resulted in scores of civilian deaths and injuries. "According to initial medical sources, civilian...

Tunisia detains French and European armed experts trying to cross border from Libya

  • 17 April 2019 - 13:18
Tunisia detains French and European armed experts trying to cross border from Libya

Tunisian authorities have detained 24 “armed Europeans” who recently crossed into the country from Libya, according to local officials. “An armed group consisting of 13 French nationals attempted to cross the border in 4x4 vehicles at the Ras Jedir crossing on Sunday,” Interior Minister...

UK drafts resolution at UN Security Council for immediate ceasefire in Tripoli

  • 16 April 2019 - 23:35
UK drafts resolution at UN Security Council for immediate ceasefire in Tripoli

A proposed UN resolution demands that all parties in Libya immediately de-escalate the fighting and commit to a ceasefire, with the number of displaced people in the battle for control of the capital Tripoli estimated at nearly 20,000. The British-drafted resolution, circulated to Security...

Germany calls for end of Tripoli offensive

  • 16 April 2019 - 15:37
Germany calls for end of Tripoli offensive

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged conflict parties in Libya to end fighting and return to peace negotiations, her office said on Monday. Merkel has spoken with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in a telephone call that focused on recent developments in Libya and Sudan, her...

Al-Sirraj to Sky News: Over 800.000 migrants could cross from Libya to Europe because of war

  • 16 April 2019 - 13:51
Al-Sirraj to Sky News: Over 800.000 migrants could cross from Libya to Europe because of war

Libya's Head of Presidential Council has told Sky News that there could be an influx of more than 800,000 migrants from Libya into Europe if the instability in his country continues. Al-Sirraj told Sky News's Alex Crawford who went to Tripoli for the report that the international community must...

Health Ministry: 76 killed and 475 injured in Haftar’s war on Tripoli so far

  • 15 April 2019 - 23:37
Health Ministry: 76 killed and 475 injured in Haftar’s war on Tripoli so far

The Head of media office at the Health Ministry of the Government of National Accord in Tripoli, Wedad Abo Al-Niran said the fighting in Tripoli has caused 475 injuries and 76 deaths so far. Ms. Abo Al-Niran told Libyan Express that the casualties don't include those of the attacking forces...

UN delegate to Libya: Haftar seems to be running a coup not counterterrorism fighting in Tripoli

  • 15 April 2019 - 19:34
UN delegate to Libya: Haftar seems to be running a coup not counterterrorism fighting in Tripoli

The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé has expressed his growing concerns over the war situation in Libya particularly the battle for the capital Tripoli which is escalating and claiming more lives. Mr Salamé described the current situation as a military stalemate in an interview with BBC Radio...

Libya’s Haftar meets with Egypt’s el Sisi as war rages on in Tripoli

  • 14 April 2019 - 19:18
Libya’s Haftar meets with Egypt’s el Sisi as war rages on in Tripoli

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met in Cairo with Khalifa Haftar, the commander of eastern-based Libyan forces, who is under international pressure to halt an advance on the capital Tripoli. Egypt has close ties with Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east and...

160 illegal immigrants repatriated from Libya by IOM

  • 14 April 2019 - 15:22
160 illegal immigrants repatriated from Libya by IOM

The International Organization for Migration has repatriated 160 African migrants who have been living under dire conditions in Libya amid the chaos reigning in the country. The U.N. migration agency says it returned the stranded migrants to their home countries despite what it calls the...

Over 100 killed from both sides in 9 days of fighting so far in Tripoli

  • 13 April 2019 - 22:59
Over 100 killed from both sides in 9 days of fighting so far in Tripoli

As violent clashes continue in southern Tripoli areas with Khalifa Haftar's forces pursuing their war in the capital on different frontlines with frequent airstrikes on various locations. According to media reports, over 100 people have been killed and over 200 injured in the fighting so far from...

Tripoli residents take to public squares saying no to Haftar’s war on their city

  • 13 April 2019 - 12:38
Tripoli residents take to public squares saying no to Haftar’s war on their city

Thousands of people too to the Martyrs Square in downtown Tripoli on Friday afternoon denouncing and condemning Khalifa Haftar and his attack on their city, holding slogans that urges the international community to punish him for it.  Tripoli residents flocked to the public square at a time heavy...

Saudi Arabia funded Haftar’s war on Tripoli, WSJ says

  • 13 April 2019 - 12:17
Saudi Arabia funded Haftar’s war on Tripoli, WSJ says

Days before Libya's Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on the country's capital, Tripoli, Saudi Arabia offered tens of millions of dollars to help pay for the operation, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The offer came during a visit by Haftar to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, ahead of his...

EU demands Haftar end offensive and withdraw forces from Tripoli immediately

  • 11 April 2019 - 21:38
EU demands Haftar end offensive and withdraw forces from Tripoli immediately

Mogherini (Photo: Internet)  The European Union urged the forces of Khalifa Haftar on Thursday to stop their offensive on the Libyan capital Tripoli. The statement from EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, had been held up for a day as France and Italy sparred over how to handle the...

The Philippines imposes total ban on workers’ deployment to Libya

  • 11 April 2019 - 16:04
The Philippines imposes total ban on workers’ deployment to Libya

The Philippine government again imposed a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to the Libyan capital of Tripoli and nearby areas on Wednesday, April 10. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that the decision was made when the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration...

France blocks EU call to stop Haftar’s war on Tripoli

  • 11 April 2019 - 13:51
France blocks EU call to stop Haftar’s war on Tripoli

France on Wednesday blocked a European Union statement calling on Khalifa Haftar to halt his eastern forces’ offensive in Libya, diplomatic sources told Reuters. The draft statement, seen by Reuters, would have said that the military attack launched by Haftar on Tripoli was “endangering the...