Libya

5000 illegal immigrants rescued off Libyan coast in two days

  • 21 May 2017 - 11:54
5000 illegal immigrants rescued off Libyan coast in two days

About 5,000 refugees bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, according to statements from both countries. About 2,900 people were rescued on Thursday, 2,300 of whom were found in international waters...

Eastern warplanes conduct 8 airstrikes on BDB locations

  • 21 May 2017 - 10:01
Eastern warplanes conduct 8 airstrikes on BDB locations

The warplanes of Khalifa Haftar-led Operation Dignity carried out Sunday dawn 8 airstrikes on locations for the Benghazi Defence Brigades and the Third Force. The so-called commander of the air force operations room for the central region, Al-Sharif Al-Awami, said three airstrikes hit Jufra...

London airport to guide flights from 70 miles away

  • 20 May 2017 - 22:40
London airport to guide flights from 70 miles away

If you fly into London City in two years' time, air traffic controllers won't see your plane through a window but will guide it down from screens 70 miles away as the airport becomes one of the first in a major capital to use a digital control tower, Reuters reported. Staff will monitor planes...

Paolo Gentiloni discusses migration, security in Libya

  • 20 May 2017 - 18:37
Paolo Gentiloni discusses migration, security in Libya

The Italian government announced that its Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni held a meeting with the Italian Foreign Minister, the Interior Minister, and the Defence Minister to discuss the Libyan status quo. The meeting, according to Italian media, was held Friday and was centered on how to support...

Libya requests arming coastguards from Italy, officials say

  • 20 May 2017 - 11:36
Libya requests arming coastguards from Italy, officials say

Libya on Thursday asked Italy to arm the patrol boats it uses in the fight against illegal immigration across the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, the Local It reported. Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti this week handed over to the Libyan coastguard four patrol boats repaired in...

Brak Al-Shati followup from the Libyan News

  • 19 May 2017 - 21:28
Brak Al-Shati followup from the Libyan News

On Thursday, forces from the Third Force - appointed by the Government of National Accord (GNA) to secure the entire southern region - conducted a hit-and-run attack on the Brak Al-Shati military base, where rival forces led by Mohammed Ben Nayel are located. Ben Nayel forces are part of the...

Kobler outraged over dozens of fatalities at Brak Al-Shati military base, GNA suspends defence minister

  • 19 May 2017 - 21:03
Kobler outraged over dozens of fatalities at Brak Al-Shati military base, GNA suspends defence minister

The UN delegate to Libya has voiced "outrage" at reports of "significant" fatalities in an attack by a group loyal to the Government of National Accord on a military base controlled by Operation Dignity forces. Martin Kobler said in a statement on Friday that the dead included civilians,...

Tribal prominent leader assassinated in car bombing in Suluq

  • 19 May 2017 - 16:55
Tribal prominent leader assassinated in car bombing in Suluq

A car bomb exploded near Bilal Ben Rabah mosque in Suluq, eastern Libya killing the prominent leader of Awageer Tribe, Ebrik Al-Lawati. The car bombing came after Friday prayer according to sources from the city. This bombing is no accident, sources said, adding that it is an...

Israeli culture minister stirs controversy by Jerusalem dress

  • 18 May 2017 - 23:18
Israeli culture minister stirs controversy by Jerusalem dress

While Cannes has so far been relatively free of major fashion disasters (although it is only Day 2), Israel's far-right culture minister caused something of a stink with a dress she wore on the red carpet Wednesday. Miri Regev, attending the opening ceremony for Ismael's Ghosts, made a loud...

US bombs Syrian government army convoy

  • 18 May 2017 - 22:57
US bombs Syrian government army convoy

The U.S. sent aircraft to strike Syrian regime vehicles on Thursday that violated a deconfliction zone set up around al-Tanf, an army base where special forces are training Syrian militias, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The Syrian regime has violated the zone two...

Libyan Coast Guard rescues 463 migrants off Sabratha shores

  • 18 May 2017 - 22:46
Libyan Coast Guard rescues 463 migrants off Sabratha shores

The patrol boats of the Libyan Coast Guard in western Libya have rescued a number of illegal immigrants off Sabratha shores. According to the Libyan Coast Guard, 463 African migrants were rescued from a wooden boat off the Libyan Sabratha coast. The immigrants were sent ashore to...

Halbous Brigade disowns Hassan Shaba

  • 18 May 2017 - 22:44
Halbous Brigade disowns Hassan Shaba

The Misuratan armed brigade, Halbous, said Thursday that it has no ties to Hassan Shaba. An official at the brigade, which is based in Misurata, said all other brigades know this turth and realise that Shaba is not part of Halbous brigade. Shaba has contacted Wershefana brigades for a...

Third Force seizes Brak Shati airbase in southern Libya

  • 18 May 2017 - 15:46
Third Force seizes Brak Shati airbase in southern Libya

The Third Force of the Government of National Accord's Defence Ministry announced earlier today capturing control of the Brak Shati airbase in southern Libya. According to the statements of the Third Force's commander, Mohammed Gliwan, the Third Force personnel seized the airbase after heavy...

United Nations kicks out Syrian regime correspondent for misbehaviour

  • 18 May 2017 - 13:45
United Nations kicks out Syrian regime correspondent for misbehaviour

The United Nations expelled Ruba al-Hajali, the Syrian regime’s correspondent, from the building where the Geneva-6 talks were held on Syria on Tuesday because of uncharacteristic statements against the High Negotiating Committee delegation. “As the HNC delegation entered for the meeting of...

Boss of Operation Dignity senior commander rejects his resignation

  • 18 May 2017 - 13:42
Boss of Operation Dignity senior commander rejects his resignation

The commander of the Saiqa forces of Operation Dignity in eastern Libya, Idris Abu Khamada, has rejected the resignation filed by the senior commander, Mahmoud Al-Werfalli on Monday. Abu Khamada said Al-Werfalli is one of the vital pillars of the forces and will not give up on...

WHO launched immunisation campaign against polio in south Libya

  • 18 May 2017 - 13:23
WHO launched immunisation campaign against polio in south Libya

In continuation of WHO efforts to mitigate polio virus importation to Libya, WHO in coordination with UNICEF supported and facilitated for NCDC, the implementation of Sub-National Immunisation Campaign in 8 districts of the southern region in Libya. The immunisation campaign has included...

Russian warships to carry out rocket tests off Libyan coast, report says

  • 18 May 2017 - 10:12
Russian warships to carry out rocket tests off Libyan coast, report says

 Russian warships are planning to carry out live rocket tests in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya later this month, prompting the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to warn aircraft passing through the airspace of the war-torn north African nation, Newsweek reported on...

CBL: We sold 238 million dollars for Libyan families since February 2016

  • 17 May 2017 - 22:36
CBL: We sold 238 million dollars for Libyan families since February 2016

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has announced that the program, which allows each family member in Libya 400 dollars at the official bank exchange rates, was a great success. According to the CBL chart that was issued on Wednesday, the Libyan commercial banks sold 238 million dollars for the...

Rise in Libya, Nigeria oil outputs concerns OPEC countries

  • 17 May 2017 - 18:21
Rise in Libya, Nigeria oil outputs concerns OPEC countries

Rising oil production in Libya and Nigeria is raising concerns about OPEC's ability to boost crude prices, but conflicts in the two nations may still keep a lid on their output, CNBC reported. Both OPEC members are exempt from the cartel's deal to remove 1.2 million barrels a day from the...

1268 Nigerian migrants deported from Libya in one year

  • 17 May 2017 - 14:40
1268 Nigerian migrants deported from Libya in one year

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said 1,268 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya from December 15, 2016 to May 16, 2017. Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General, NEMA, made the disclosure while receiving a fresh batch of 258 Nigerians who arrived on Tuesday in Lagos. The...