Libya

Gunmen believed to be linked to ISIS execute two, kidnap one in Libya’s Fuqaha town

  • 9 April 2019 - 13:35
Gunmen believed to be linked to ISIS execute two, kidnap one in Libya’s Fuqaha town

As fighting continues in Tripoli, a group said to be loyal to ISIS terrorists attacked the town of Fuqaha, in Jufra city, killing three people and kidnapping another before leaving, residents said. Fuqaha is controlled by fighters loyal to Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are now focused on attacking...

UN delegate to Libya condemns Haftar’s air raid on Tripoli’s Mitiga airport

  • 8 April 2019 - 21:00
UN delegate to Libya condemns Haftar’s air raid on Tripoli’s Mitiga airport

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame condemns the aerial attack today by LNA aircraft against Meitiga airport, the capital’s only functioning airport that is available for civilian use. As such, this attack constitutes a...

EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels to condemn Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli

  • 8 April 2019 - 13:15
EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels to condemn Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to condemn an assault on Tripoli by the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar and call for all sides to revert to UN-led political discussions about the riven country’s future. The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, singled out Haftar for criticism ahead of...

US demands Haftar stop his offensive on Tripoli

  • 8 April 2019 - 12:40
US demands Haftar stop his offensive on Tripoli

The United States is deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli. "We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar's forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital." The US Department of State said in a statement on...

Fighting for Tripoli kills 21, injures 27 so far, Health Ministry says

  • 7 April 2019 - 20:08
Fighting for Tripoli kills 21, injures 27 so far, Health Ministry says

Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord's (GNA) Health Ministry said Sunday 21 people have been killed and 27 wounded in fighting near the capital, Tripoli. This comes as the UNSMIL called for a two-hour truce so casualties and civilians could be evacuated. In the meantime, fighting is...

Tripoli-based Libyan Army launches military operation to defeat Haftar’s forces

  • 7 April 2019 - 13:45
Tripoli-based Libyan Army launches military operation to defeat Haftar’s forces

The spokesman for the Libyan Army of the Presidential Council's government Mohammed Gununu has announced the launch of Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) military operation in order to defeat the "coup forces" of Khalifa Haftar in the entire country.    This is breaking news. More to come...

US AFRICOM withdraws its military presence from Libya amid war on Tripoli

  • 7 April 2019 - 13:20
US AFRICOM withdraws its military presence from Libya amid war on Tripoli

U.S. forces in Libya have been evacuated for their safety in connection with the deteriorating security situation in the country, which now has U.S. Africa Command conducting “prudent military planning” as it assesses the situation, the military said Sunday. “Due to increased unrest in...

Turkey issues travel warning to Libya

  • 7 April 2019 - 13:16
Turkey issues travel warning to Libya

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued a warning for its citizens traveling Libya after the recent clashes in the country. "Considering the developments in Libya and especially the conflicts around Tripoli, it is recommended that our citizens who plan to travel to Libya should follow the...

Tripoli’s battle rages on as Human Rights Watch warns of violations

  • 6 April 2019 - 18:39
Tripoli’s battle rages on as Human Rights Watch warns of violations

All forces taking part in fighting around Libya’s capital, Tripoli, should take all necessary action to minimize civilian harm and abide by the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said late on Friday. "Fighters led by General Khalifa Hiftar, known as the Libyan National Army (LNA), have a...

Libya’s western Air Force strikes Haftar’s forces positioned in Mizda, Sooq Al-Khamis

  • 6 April 2019 - 12:36
Libya’s western Air Force strikes Haftar’s forces positioned in Mizda, Sooq Al-Khamis

The Air Force of the western region has issued a statement saying it has carried out airstrikes on the gatherings of Khalifa Haftar's forces in the camp of Mizda in southern Gharyan city and on the positions of Haftar's forces in Sooq Al-Khamis area.  The Air Force, which is the under the command...

Fighting intensified between Haftar and Tripoli forces as UNSC, G7 demand halt of operations

  • 6 April 2019 - 11:40
Fighting intensified between Haftar and Tripoli forces as UNSC, G7 demand halt of operations

G7 countries and the United Nations have condemned the continued fighting in Libya's western region and on the outskirts of Tripoli as forces from the east of the country under Khalifa Haftar's command march on the capital. The G7 group of rich countries urged all parties "to immediately halt all...

Haftar declares war on Tripoli, tells forces to enter the city peacefully or forcefully

  • 4 April 2019 - 18:45
Haftar declares war on Tripoli, tells forces to enter the city peacefully or forcefully

The commander of the self-proclaimed army in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, has called on his forces on the outskirts of Tripoli to advance on the capital and wage a war to control it whether by peace or by force.  Haftar told his forces "to conquer Tripoli by peace and if they were fought by any...

Misurata, central military zone forces move to secure Tripoli against Haftar’s attack

  • 4 April 2019 - 15:11
Misurata, central military zone forces move to secure Tripoli against Haftar’s attack

After a prolonged meeting on Thursday, the leaders of the armed brigades and forces in Misurata city have agreed to send their military might to Tripoli in order to secure it and the whole western region against the attacks of Khalifa Haftar's forces, who are positioned south f the capital in...

UN Secretary General concerned over military escalation in west Libya

  • 4 April 2019 - 14:42
UN Secretary General concerned over military escalation in west Libya

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about a potential armed clashes in Libya, where eastern military forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar have moved west and clashes with rival forces in Gharyan south of the capital, Tripoli. "I am deeply concerned by...

Presidential Council mobilizes forces to foil Haftar’s forces attack on Libya’s capital

  • 3 April 2019 - 20:56
Presidential Council mobilizes forces to foil Haftar’s forces attack on Libya’s capital

The Presidential Council in Libya's capital Tripoli has issued a statement denouncing the threats made by the forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar, who ordered an advance on western region to "liberate it from terrorists." The statement on Wednesday said such a military escalation is against...

Haftar’s forces ordered to advance on western Libya to “free it from terrorists”

  • 3 April 2019 - 17:13
Haftar’s forces ordered to advance on western Libya to “free it from terrorists”

The media office of the self-styled army of Khalifa Haftar, who is based in eastern Libya, announced early Wednesday that the armed forces have been given ordered to advance on western Libyan region and "liberate it from the terrorists."  This move comes despite the latest agreement between...

Salvini: Libyan coastguards can be trusted with all rescue operations

  • 2 April 2019 - 21:47
Salvini: Libyan coastguards can be trusted with all rescue operations

The Italian government has confirmed the ''full legitimacy of Libyan rescue operations'' in the Mediterranean Sea in light of the opinion expressed by the European Commission that ''Libya can and must rescue immigrants at sea'' and can therefore be considered a safe port. Italian Interior Minister...

IOM repatriates 180 Nigerian migrants from Libya

  • 2 April 2019 - 13:14
IOM repatriates 180 Nigerian migrants from Libya

180 Nigerian illegal immigrants have been repatriated from Libya to their country as part of the Voluntary return program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria has received the batch of 180 Nigerians from Libya. Nigerian...

African Union to host Libyan National Reconciliation Conference next July

  • 1 April 2019 - 16:34
African Union to host Libyan National Reconciliation Conference next July

The African Union will host a "reconciliation" conference in July aimed at uniting Libya's political rivals, AU commission chief Moussa Faki said late on Saturday. "It's an opportunity for the Libyans," Faki said during a press conference in Tunis, on the sidelines of an Arab League summit in the...

Haftar promises an end to Libya’s crisis in the next two weeks

  • 31 March 2019 - 20:26
Haftar promises an end to Libya’s crisis in the next two weeks

The Commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar announced on Sunday that the Libyan crisis would be settled within the next two weeks as soon as the new government of national unity is formed. Haftar told Al-Arabiya TV Channel that within the next two weeks, Libya...