Libya

Egyptian warplanes conduct airstrikes on Libya’s Derna

  • 27 May 2017 - 12:51
Egyptian warplanes conduct airstrikes on Libya’s Derna

The Egyptian warplanes carried out airstrikes late on Friday on the headquarters of Derna Shura Council in Libya's eastern city of Derna. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt's President, said in an address on Friday that his country's air force was at the moment conducting airstrikes on dens of...

Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade seizes Hadba Prison, kills two guards as fighting intensifies

  • 27 May 2017 - 12:40
Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade seizes Hadba Prison, kills two guards as fighting intensifies

An armed group loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) reportedly seized Hadba Prison, where former officials of toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi are held. The armed group, Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, led by Haithem Al-Tajouri, attacked the complex and clashed with the...

Over 1400 migrants rescued off Libyan Coast on Friday

  • 27 May 2017 - 12:07
Over 1400 migrants rescued off Libyan Coast on Friday

More than 1,400 migrants seeking to get to Italy were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, but other vessels were in distress, according to accounts by Libyan and Italian officials. "Large rescue and interception operations are under way," navy spokesman General Ayoub Qassem said. "Today is...

At least 20 killed, 50 injured so far in ongoing deadly clashes in Libya’s capital

  • 26 May 2017 - 17:40
At least 20 killed, 50 injured so far in ongoing deadly clashes in Libya’s capital

At least 23 have been reported as dead from Abu Salim forces and Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade and 53 others were wounded in the ongoing clashes between rival forces in Tripoli. The Abu Salim hospital has sent out cries for people to donate blood and for ambulances to be present to help...

Heavy clashes sweep through Libya’s capital, Tripoli

  • 26 May 2017 - 11:49
Heavy clashes sweep through Libya’s capital, Tripoli

Heavy clashes with heavy and medium weapons were reported by local media sources in Tripoli on Friday morning. According to the sources, clashes are ongoing in Abu Salim, Hadba, Ain Zara, and Bab Benghashir, as well as the airport road. The sources also added that heavy military vehicles...

Libya remains exempted from OPEC oil cuts deal

  • 25 May 2017 - 22:21
Libya remains exempted from OPEC oil cuts deal

Libya has insisted that it remains exempt from the oil output reduction deal that OPEC today decided to extend by another nine months, to March 2018. According to Libya’s ambassador to Austria, who represented the country at the cartel’s meeting, it is still producing less than half of its...

Spanish navy frigate rescues 282 migrants off Libya’s coast

  • 25 May 2017 - 21:32
Spanish navy frigate rescues 282 migrants off Libya’s coast

Spain's defense ministry says a navy frigate has rescued 282 migrants from two boats found adrift in waters off the Libyan coast, News 24 reported. A ministry statement says the migrants rescued on Wednesday included 18 Eritrean children under 10 years old. They were sailing in a small rubber...

Kik to create its own digital currency, CEO says

  • 25 May 2017 - 21:11
Kik to create its own digital currency, CEO says

Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services, Reuters reported. Kik is a free chat and messaging application founded in 2009 and built for...

Presidential Council condemns airstrikes on Jufra

  • 25 May 2017 - 15:52
Presidential Council condemns airstrikes on Jufra

The Presidential Council has condemned the brutal airstrikes on Jufra and the destruction of the infrastructure and sending people into panic in Hun, Wadan and Sokna towns. In a statement posted by the Presidential Council's media office, the PC urged for halting the airstrikes on the areas...

MSF accuses Libyan coastguard of endangering people’s lives during Mediterranean rescue

  • 25 May 2017 - 12:55
MSF accuses Libyan coastguard of endangering people’s lives during Mediterranean rescue

During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on 23 May, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to aid organisations Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without...

Third Force withdraws from Timnahent airbase in southern Libya

  • 25 May 2017 - 11:16
Third Force withdraws from Timnahent airbase in southern Libya

The Third Force of the Defence Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) has announced Thursday withdrawing from the airbase of Timnahent, near Sabha, in southern Libya. According to sources, who spoke to a Libyan local TV Channel, the withdrawal of the Third Force from Timnahent...

Libya’s SDF: Younger brother of Manchester Arena bomber planning to conduct suicide attack in Tripoli

  • 24 May 2017 - 22:24
Libya’s SDF: Younger brother of Manchester Arena bomber planning to conduct suicide attack in Tripoli

 The Libyan Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (SDF) has announced that the younger brother of Salman Abedi, who blew himself up in Manchester Arena at Ariana Grande music concert, was arrested as he was planning to carry out suicide attack in Tripoli, Libya. "After months of tracking...

Tripoli Supreme Court declined Presidential Council’s appeal to halt the verdict on annulled LIA steering committee

  • 24 May 2017 - 18:39
Tripoli Supreme Court declined Presidential Council’s appeal to halt the verdict on annulled LIA steering committee

Tripoli Supreme Court has declined the appeal of the Presidential Council (PC) of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) that was meant to reconsider the decree (No.115 of 2016) that saw the illegal appointment of the steering committee for the Libyan Investment Authority...

At least 34 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned off Libyan coast

  • 24 May 2017 - 17:30
At least 34 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned off Libyan coast

At least 34 migrants, most of them toddlers, drowned on Wednesday, as coastguard boats and other vessels tried to save hundreds of others packed into boats off the coast of Libya, rescuers said. One of a group of boats listed suddenly, sending about 200 people tumbling into the...

Trump to Al-Sisi: “Boy, love your shoes.”

  • 24 May 2017 - 14:42
Trump to Al-Sisi: “Boy, love your shoes.”

Moments after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi complimented President Donald Trump on his "unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible," Trump exchanged pleasantries back, praising Al-Sisi's shoes, CNN reported on Monday. "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man ... ," Trump...

Qatari Emir: US – Qatar relations tense, Iran is Islamic power

  • 24 May 2017 - 12:02
Qatari Emir: US – Qatar relations tense, Iran is Islamic power

Qatar’s Foreign Minister said early Wednesday that he did not make any statement regarding withdrawal or eviction of five Arab ambassadors from Doha, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported. His statement comes following earlier reports, attributed to the official Qatar News Agency, which said...

Haftar’s warplanes conduct airstrikes on Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous locations in central Libya

  • 24 May 2017 - 11:44
Haftar’s warplanes conduct airstrikes on Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous locations in central Libya

About a dozen airstrikes were conducted overnight on locations fro brigades from Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation in Jufra, Hun, Wahat Hotel, Sokna and other places. According to Bushra News Agency, a number of civilian casualties were reported alongside the great damage that has been...

Libyan attacker of Manchester Arena returned from Libya days before explosion

  • 24 May 2017 - 11:10
Libyan attacker of Manchester Arena returned from Libya days before explosion

The man British police say blew himself up as a packed concert was letting out in Manchester, England Monday night had recently returned to the U.K. from Libya days before the attack, according to his friends. Salman Abedi, 22, — who was born in Britain to Libyan parents — had traveled to...

US ambassador voices renewed support for Libyan Government of National Accord

  • 23 May 2017 - 22:54
US ambassador voices renewed support for Libyan Government of National Accord

The U.S. ambassador to Libya pledged Washington's support for its U.N.-backed government and urged rival factions to avoid civil war, as he made a brief visit to the country on Tuesday for the first time in nearly three years. Peter Bodde, who is based in Tunis, and Marine General Thomas...

Libya, Nigeria could be obliged to cut oil production in next OPEC meeting

  • 23 May 2017 - 18:17
Libya, Nigeria could be obliged to cut oil production in next OPEC meeting

Libya and Nigeria could be asked to cut oil production at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna on the 25th. According to a report by OilPrice, OPEC is expected to review the terms of the November agreement to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per...