Libya

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...

Haftar’s forces claim full control of south Libya

  • 3 March 2019 - 14:28
Haftar’s forces claim full control of south Libya

The spokesman for the forces of the Libyan east-based self-proclaimed army Ahmed Al-Mismari his self-styled Libyan National Army has seized control of Libya's southern border with Algeria. Al-Mismari said their forces entered several southern towns, including Ghat and Awaynat, the previous...

France, UK, US, Italy welcome Libya agreement to end transitional phase

  • 2 March 2019 - 16:43
France, UK, US, Italy welcome Libya agreement to end transitional phase

France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States have welcomed in a joint statement the UN leadership in convening the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and the commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar on February 27 and commended the efforts of the...

UN Security Council’s Secretary General hails agreement between Al-Sirraj and Haftar for Libya elections

  • 2 March 2019 - 14:58
UN Security Council’s Secretary General hails agreement between Al-Sirraj and Haftar for Libya elections

The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed an agreement between Fayez Al-Sirraj and Khalifa Haftar to hold elections in Libya and end the transitional phase. The agreement came in a meeting Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates' capital between Fayez Al-Sirraj, head of Libya's...

Libya’s Haftar and Al-Sarraj agree in UAE to end transitional phase

  • 1 March 2019 - 01:00
Libya’s Haftar and Al-Sarraj agree in UAE to end transitional phase

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and the commander of the self-styled army in eastern region Khalifa Haftar have agreed on the need to end the transitional stage in Libya by holding elections and uniting the state institutions.  The United Nations Support Mission in...

Arab-European Center urges UN to probe summary executions in Libya’s Murzuq 

  • 1 March 2019 - 00:29
Arab-European Center urges UN to probe summary executions in Libya’s Murzuq 

The Arab-European Center for Human Rights and International Law voiced concern over the attacks and siege that were enforced on the town of Murzuq in southern Libya. The center condmned in a statement last Tuesday the summary executions and unlawful killings that took place in the city in the...

Libya’s NOC Chairman: Sharara oilfield remains shut till security improves

  • 28 February 2019 - 20:27
Libya’s NOC Chairman: Sharara oilfield remains shut till security improves

Libya’s Sharara oilfield is going to remain shut until armed groups leave the site, the Chairman of state oil company NOC said on Thursday.  “NOC is technically ready to lift the state of force majeure at Sharara, but the issue that remains is security,” Mustafa Sanallah said in a video...

EU-funded women’s training center opens in Tripoli

  • 28 February 2019 - 06:44
EU-funded women’s training center opens in Tripoli

The European Union (EU) and the Embassy of Germany in Libya alongside the Mayor of Hay al-Andalus have opened a training centre for women in Hay al-Andalus area, in the capital Tripoli, the first of a series of training centres to be opened in a selected number of Libyan municipalities. Beyond the...

Libya’s Central Bank relaunches $500 family grant

  • 27 February 2019 - 20:10
Libya’s Central Bank relaunches $500 family grant

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) said in a statement on Wednesday that it is going to resume the $500 grant for every family member in the country starting from next Sunday. The CBL explained that the delay has been caused by the bank's investigation into the fake national IDs at the system of the...

Libya’s state oil firm lifts force majeure on Sharara oilfield

  • 26 February 2019 - 20:18
Libya’s state oil firm lifts force majeure on Sharara oilfield

After arriving in the UAE on Monday, the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah met with the Head of the Presidential Council Faye Al-Sirraj and agreed on reopening Sharara oilfield and lifting force majeure.  "Sanallah met with the chairman of the Presidency Council...