Libya

Libya holds municipal elections in nine electoral areas

  • 31 March 2019 - 14:40
Libya holds municipal elections in nine electoral areas

Libya held on Saturday municipal elections in nine areas where turnout in the country’s first voting for five years reached only about 38%. Only nine out of 69 municipal councils in southern and western Libya voted on Saturday, a municipal officials said. No violence or sabotage was...

Quartet meeting on Libya held in Tunisia as UN SG expresses hope for Libya’s upcoming future

  • 31 March 2019 - 14:04
Quartet meeting on Libya held in Tunisia as UN SG expresses hope for Libya’s upcoming future

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is hopeful for a solution to the eight-year long conflict in Libya, after a high-level meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, on Saturday with officials from the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union -- the group known as the 'Libya...

Tunisia arrests UN official working on Libya’s arms embargo monitoring

  • 30 March 2019 - 12:10
Tunisia arrests UN official working on Libya’s arms embargo monitoring

Tunisia has arrested a UN official involved in monitoring an international arms embargo on Libya although he has diplomatic immunity, a UN spokesman said on Friday. Moncef Kartas, a Tunisian national and member of a U.N. panel of experts assigned to monitor an arms embargo imposed on Libya in...

UN delegate says there’s conflict on wealth in Libya and 10 countries are intervening in crisis

  • 28 March 2019 - 13:40
UN delegate says there’s conflict on wealth in Libya and 10 countries are intervening in crisis

The UN delegate to Libya says corruption and fight over resources among rival factions are core issues impeding progress in resolving the country's turmoil. Ghassan Salame told the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV late on Wednesday that building national institutions in charge of a fair distribution of...

Turkish ship hijacked by migrants escorted to Malta port by Maltese armed forces

  • 28 March 2019 - 13:20
Turkish ship hijacked by migrants escorted to Malta port by Maltese armed forces

The merchant ship hijacked by illegal migrants off the coast of Libya has been escorted to Malta by the country’s armed forces. Armed military personnel stood guard on the ship’s deck and a dozen or so migrants were visible as the Elhibru 1 docked at Boiler Wharf in the city of...

Illegal migrants hijack merchant ships that rescued them off Libya’s coast

  • 27 March 2019 - 19:49
Illegal migrants hijack merchant ships that rescued them off Libya’s coast

Illegal migrants have hijacked a merchant ship after rescuing them off the coast of Libya, Italian media reported Wednesday. The hijacked ship it is now heading towards Malta, according to the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Maltese authorities. The 108 illegal migrants were...

UN Security Council expresses full support to upcoming Libyan National Conference

  • 27 March 2019 - 13:36
UN Security Council expresses full support to upcoming Libyan National Conference

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has issued a statement expressing full support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé, and the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) as they seek to mediate a political way forward in Libya that would lead to...

Libya’s Haftar meets with King Salman in Saudi Arabia

  • 27 March 2019 - 13:21
Libya’s Haftar meets with King Salman in Saudi Arabia

The commander of the self-proclaimed army in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, arrived on Wednesday morning in Saudi Arabia and met with King Salman. According to Saudi media, King Salman and Haftar discussed in Riyadh the current political process and the crisis in Libya. Saudi Arabia's news agency...

EU ambassadors urge Haftar to bring perpetrators of violations to justice

  • 26 March 2019 - 20:25
EU ambassadors urge Haftar to bring perpetrators of violations to justice

The European Union ambassadors have expressed concern over the human rights and international law violations in Libya as they met with Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi on Tuesday.  In a joint statement published after the meeting, the EU ambassadors condemned the latest violations during military...

Daewoo and Libya’s GECOL sign construction MoU for new power plant

  • 26 March 2019 - 19:28
Daewoo and Libya’s GECOL sign construction MoU for new power plant

South Korean Daewoo Engineering & Construction (E&C) Co. announced on March 21 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the construction of a 450 MW power generation facility at Western Mountain Combined Cycle Power Plant with General Electricity Co. of Libya (GECOL) at...

Italy provides ambulances to several Libyan hospitals

  • 26 March 2019 - 17:14
Italy provides ambulances to several Libyan hospitals

The Italian Embassy in Libya has given highly equipped ambulances to cities and towns in several areas of the conflict-wracked country, it was announced on Monday. The ambulances will go into service in the northwest town of Garabulli, Al-Zawiya, Sabha and Ubari in southwestern Libya, as well as...

Tripoli court rules for LFB director Ben Yousef to resume his post

  • 25 March 2019 - 21:28
Tripoli court rules for LFB director Ben Yousef to resume his post

North Tripoli Court ruled Sunday to stop the order of the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer of 2018 to dismiss the Director of the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) Mohamed Ben Yousef and his board of directors.  The ruling thus implicates that Ben Yousef is still the legal...

Workers of Libya’s Sharara oilfield demand salary hike of 67%

  • 25 March 2019 - 14:33
Workers of Libya’s Sharara oilfield demand salary hike of 67%

Some 50 to 60 workers at Libya's largest oilfield, Sharara, wearing blue jumpsuits, appeared in a video demanding a salary hike of 67%, a figure that the government decided in 2013. The demands are the first sign of dissent at the 315,000-barrels-per-day (bpd) field in southern Libya since it...

WHO provides emergency medical aids to Libyan hospitals

  • 25 March 2019 - 13:33
WHO provides emergency medical aids to Libyan hospitals

World Health Organization (WHO)  said on Sunday it provided emergency medical assistance to Libyan hospitals. WHO sent 10 trucks loaded with emergency medical supplies and trauma kits to 10 major hospitals in different districts of Libya on March 23, providing desperately needed materials to...

Libya loses 1-2 to South Africa which qualifies to AFCON 2019

  • 24 March 2019 - 21:25
Libya loses 1-2 to South Africa which qualifies to AFCON 2019

South Africa won 2-1 against Libya in Tunisia's Sfax and qualified for the Egypt-hosted AFCON 2019 as the second on Group 5 after Nigeria, which qualified as the first. Libya put out good performance in the first half and ended it 0-0, but South Africa managed to open the score in the beginning of...

Libya play Bafana Bafana for qualifying ticket to AFCON 2019 in Egypt

  • 24 March 2019 - 14:33
Libya play Bafana Bafana for qualifying ticket to AFCON 2019 in Egypt

The Libyan national football team is going to play Sunday evening against South Africa in Tunisia's Sfax as part of the final round of Group 5 of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers. The Libyan team needs a win to qualify while Bafana Bafana can qualify with any score but loss. The match is to kick off at...

Protesters in Libya’s Tripoli demand release of Gaddafi-era spy chief

  • 24 March 2019 - 14:20
Protesters in Libya’s Tripoli demand release of Gaddafi-era spy chief

Several relatives and supporters of Libya’s Gaddafi-era intelligence chief, jailed for his alleged role in a bloody crackdown during the country’s 2011 uprising, protested in Tripoli on Saturday to demand his release. Abdullah al-Senussi, a brother-in-law of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi,...

Three kidnapped African nationals freed in Libya’s Tripoli

  • 23 March 2019 - 20:29
Three kidnapped African nationals freed in Libya’s Tripoli

The Libyan Interior Ministry said on Saturday it had freed three African hostages kidnapped by an African national in the capital Tripoli. "Members of the Investigation Bureau managed to free three African abductees from Niger kidnapped for ransom by a Malian national in Tripoli." The ministry...

Human Rights Watch: UN Rights Council Should Establish Libya Mechanism

  • 23 March 2019 - 13:08
Human Rights Watch: UN Rights Council Should Establish Libya Mechanism

Human Rights Watch remains concerned by the human rights crisis in Libya, which is taking place amidst near-absolute impunity. "We regret the failure of this Council to provide a credible response. The fact that I am speaking under an item 10 General Debate – rather than dedicated dialogue on...

Roman era archaeological site unearthed in Libya’s Tripoli

  • 23 March 2019 - 12:12
Roman era archaeological site unearthed in Libya’s Tripoli

Security apparatuses of the Libyan Tripoli-based Interior Ministry have dug out a Roman era archaeological site in Gergaresh neighborhood in the capital. On Facebook, the apparatuses said the site was discovered while repairing work was being done to sewerage in Gergaresh. Earlier, another...