Libya

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...

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...