Libya

Human Rights Watch condemns France’s delivery of coast guard boats to Libya

  • 14 March 2019 - 19:55
Human Rights Watch condemns France’s delivery of coast guard boats to Libya

Human Rights Watch has lashed out at France for its delivery of four boats for the Libyan Coast Guard in a new report issued on Wednesday.  Human Rights Watch said France should suspend delivery of its boats until Libyan authorities end the arbitrary detention and abuse of migrants. "And instead...

EU reaffirms support for Libya’s stability

  • 14 March 2019 - 18:43
EU reaffirms support for Libya’s stability

The delegation of the European Union to Libya has reaffirmed its support for stability, democratic transition and prosperity in the country. On Tuesday, the ambassadors of the EU and its member states to Libya met senior officials in the capital, Tripoli, including Head of the Presidential Council...

UN delegate to Libya visits Haftar near Benghazi

  • 13 March 2019 - 20:57
UN delegate to Libya visits Haftar near Benghazi

The Head of the UNSMIL Ghassan Salame has met with the commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar in Al-Rajma - near Benghazi - to discuss the current situation in Libya. The media office of the general command in Al-Rajma said Salame and Haftar reviewed the developments on...

6 people injured as rockets fall on Benghazi Salamni neighbourhood

  • 13 March 2019 - 13:20
6 people injured as rockets fall on Benghazi Salamni neighbourhood

Indiscriminate shelling  injured on Tuesday six people in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, local sources said. The indiscriminate shelling by unknown source hit the Salmani neighborhood in eastern Benghazi. Sources reported that security personnel rushed to the area where the shells fell to...

UN envoy to Libya fails to tell truth behind UAE meeting

  • 12 March 2019 - 14:05
UN envoy to Libya fails to tell truth behind UAE meeting

The United Nations' envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has somehow forgotten to check his tweets inventory before making a new claim about the UAE meeting between Fayez Al-Sirraj - the Head of the Presidential Council - and the commander of the self-styled army Khalifa Haftar.  Salame told Libya...

UN condemns harassment of females and bank staffers in Tripoli

  • 12 March 2019 - 13:45
UN condemns harassment of females and bank staffers in Tripoli

The UNSMIL has condemned harassment of bank staff and female clients in Siyahiya, Tripoli, in a tweet on Tuesday. The UN mission in Libya added that it is working to support political and police authorities in Libya to end such a criminal behaviour. "The rule of law in Libya." The UNSMIL...

Haftar’s forces claim advance on Sirte, local protection force denies

  • 11 March 2019 - 19:33
Haftar’s forces claim advance on Sirte, local protection force denies

The general command of the self-proclaimed army of Khalifa Haftar said their forces advanced on Abu Hadi area near Sirte and posted footage of fighters and vehicles to prove its new advance toward central Libya after strings of advances on Al-Jufra.  However, the Sirte Protection and Security...

Seven Filipino sailors return home after being freed from Libya detention

  • 11 March 2019 - 13:52
Seven Filipino sailors return home after being freed from Libya detention

Seven Filipino sailors, who have been recently released from prison in Libya, are now on their way home to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Monday, according to Filipino media outlets. Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Affairs Abdullah Mamao met with the Libyan...

Qatar supports civilian state in Libya

  • 11 March 2019 - 13:38
Qatar supports civilian state in Libya

The Head of Libya's Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj met in Doha on Sunday with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss mutual relations and the latest political developments in Libya. Al-Sirraj's media office said that the two officials discussed the political solution in...

US company to begin overseeing Libya’s airport and aviation security

  • 9 March 2019 - 14:33
US company to begin overseeing Libya’s airport and aviation security

Culmen International, a leader in US-based international security, logistics and technology solutions in over 100 countries on six continents, announced Thursday that it had been awarded a grant from the US Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT)...

50 illegal migrants wounded as they staged protest in Libyan detention center

  • 9 March 2019 - 14:24
50 illegal migrants wounded as they staged protest in Libyan detention center

Over 50 migrants were reportedly injured after they had staged a protest that was suppressed inside a detention centre in Tripoli, the United Nations said on Friday. The protest had been "driven by frustration and anxiety" as the migrants had been held for months "in extremely dire conditions,"...

Libya’s parallel government sold $23 billion worth of bonds to cover employees’ salaries

  • 7 March 2019 - 20:56
Libya’s parallel government sold $23 billion worth of bonds to cover employees’ salaries

The Libyan east-based Interim Government has sold bonds worth more than $23 billion to fund its wage bill, bypassing the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli and creating a potential financial black hole if the country reunifies, Reuters reported bankers and diplomats as saying. Interim Government's...

UN mission in Libya documented 8 kills, 13 injuries among civilians last January

  • 7 March 2019 - 15:32
UN mission in Libya documented 8 kills, 13 injuries among civilians last January

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 21 civilian casualties – eight deaths and 13 injuries – during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. Victims included six men and two women killed, and nine men, three women, a child injured.  The majority of civilian...

Haftar’s forces withdraw from Murzuq to Sabha

  • 6 March 2019 - 20:43
Haftar’s forces withdraw from Murzuq to Sabha

Sources from the town of Murzuq in southern Libya have confirmed that the self-proclaimed army of Khalifa Haftar withdrew from the town toward Sabha.  According to the sources, the withdrawal came out of the blue and left behind several clashes among armed groups, leading to deaths and...

UNHCR concerned over treatment of illegal immigrants in Libya detention centers

  • 6 March 2019 - 12:21
UNHCR concerned over treatment of illegal immigrants in Libya detention centers

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said it was troubled by reports of the use of force against protesting asylum seekers last week in Sikka detention centre in Libya's capital. "The protests have been driven by frustration and anxiety among asylum-seekers who have been detained in extremely dire...

Al-Sirraj: Libya’s elections by end of 2019

  • 6 March 2019 - 12:04
Al-Sirraj: Libya’s elections by end of 2019

The Head of the Presidential Council in Libya Fayez Al-Sirraj said Tuesday in a meeting with municipal council's heads and members that the county should hold parliamentary and presidential elections by year end. Last Wednesday, Al-Sirraj met with Khalifa Haftar in Abu Dhabi but few details had...

Libya’s NOC reopens Sharara oilfield

  • 5 March 2019 - 16:11
Libya’s NOC reopens Sharara oilfield

Libya's National Oil Corporation says production is to resume within hours at the southwestern Sharara oil field after control was retaken from an armed group last month. The militia's blockade had cost the state oil company around $1.8 billion in lost production. NOC chairman Mustafa Sanallah...

Libya: Al-Sirraj lowers rank of his Chief of Staff and sacks him

  • 4 March 2019 - 20:37
Libya: Al-Sirraj lowers rank of his Chief of Staff and sacks him

The Chief of Staff of the Libyan army based in west of the country Abdelrahman Al-Tweel has been sacked after his military rank is lowered by the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj. The sacking and reduction of rank came in two decrees on Monday signed by Al-Sirraj. Al-Taweel...

Russian mercenaries supporting Haftar’s forces, The Telegraph says

  • 4 March 2019 - 16:33
Russian mercenaries supporting Haftar’s forces, The Telegraph says

300 Russian mercenaries from PMC Wagner are supporting the "rebel commander" Khalifa Haftar, reports RBCwith reference to The Telegraph. The British media outlet obtained this information from sources in the British government. They are all deployed in Benghazi. The information that "many...

Misurata rejects military rule, lashes out at UNSMIL’s praise of Haftar

  • 3 March 2019 - 20:31
Misurata rejects military rule, lashes out at UNSMIL’s praise of Haftar

Misurata city has warned of striking deals with whom they described as "war criminal" Khalifa Haftar, lashing out on the UNSMIL for its support for him and commending him in the international circles.  Military council of Misurata, municipal council, and the rest of the city's components said...