Libya

Death toll from Tripoli fighting rises to 653: WHO

A total of 653 people have been killed and 3,547 others injured in the fighting in and around Libya's capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday. "The toll for the ongoing conflict in Libya's capital is 653 dead, including 41 civilians, and 3,547 wounded,...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:43am

Libyan PM denies calling for ceasefire in Tripoli

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj denied calling for ceasefire between the government and the east-based army, as both parties continue fighting for control over the capital Tripoli, the government spokesperson said Wednesday. "The Head of the Presidential Council of the...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 2:12pm

Libyan security takes control of oil corporation headquarters following armed attack

The Libyan Interior Ministry’s Special Deterrence Force announced on Monday taking control over the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in the capital Tripoli after gunmen attacked the building earlier. “A terrorist attack by the Islamic State targeted the NOC. So far,...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:20am

State of emergency declared in Tripoli after days of fighting

Libya's UN-backed government has announced a state of emergency in the capital, Tripoli, and its outskirts after several days of fierce fighting between rival armed groups. At least 39 people, including civilians, have been killed in the violence and nearly 100 others wounded. "Due to...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:29am

UN says has reached ceasefire for Libyan capital as jailed migrants escape

A ceasefire has been signed between armed factions fighting over the Libyan capital, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after more than a week of violence inside Tripoli. Dozens of people have been killed in fighting engulfing Tripoli as rival armed groups vie for power and money in the chaos...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:07am

Hundreds of prisoners escape from Tripoli jail amid militia fighting

A mass jailbreak by 400 prisoners has added to the chaos of nine days of militia fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, throwing into doubt French-led plans to hold elections later this year and forcing the Italian government to deny it would sanction a military intervention to restore order....

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 1:05am

Clashes shatter illusion of security in Libyan capital

A bout of fighting in Libya’s capital has laid bare the fragility of an armed cartel that had brought a veneer of stability to the city and encouraged the gradual return of foreign diplomats and plans for elections in December. Major battles have become rarer in Tripoli since last year as a...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:46am

Libya refuses settlement of illegal immigrants

Libya's UN-backed government's Foreign Minister on Wednesday refused settlement of illegal immigrants on Libyan territory. "Libya does not accept this unjust and unfair measure. It has more than 700,000 immigrants. They must be returned to the countries of origin from where they came...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10:29am

Italy agrees to provide Libya with 12 patrol boats

The Italian parliament on Wednesday approved the provision of 12 patrol boats for Libya and training for Libyan coast guards, the Italian Embassy to Libya said. "The Italian parliament approved today a decree to provide Libya with 12 patrol boats as well as training for the units of the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:24am

Libya denies reports about kidnapped officials

The Libyan Foreign Ministry on Sunday denied media reports that the head of the Administrative Affairs Department and the minister's office manager were kidnapped. Ahmed al-Arbad, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, told Xinhua that "the kidnapping allegations are not true."...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:22am

164 illegal Nigerian migrants voluntarily deported from Libya

Libyan authorities announced the voluntary deportation of 164 illegal Nigerian migrants from Libya to their country later on Thursday, as part of the voluntary repatriation program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). "An airplane took off from Mitiga international airport...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Libya issues permission of rebuilding Tripoli airport to Italian firms

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Thursday granted permission to Italian companies to start rebuilding the Tripoli International Airport. Serraj launched the project during a ceremony attended by Libyan officials, Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone, and representatives...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:49am

Libya calls for speedy repatriation of illegal immigrants

Libya's UN-backed Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala on Thursday called for speedy repatriation of illegal immigrants from Libya to their countries of origins. Sayala made his remarks during a meeting with William Swing, director general of International Organization for Migration (IOM), in the...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:14am

Italy provides Libya with more ships to bring migrants back home

Italy has said it will give ships and equipment to the Libyan Coast Guard to help it intercept and bring migrants back home. Italy's government has announced Monday it will provide 10 motor launches and two ships, as well as an unspecified amount of equipment and other material, to the Libyan...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:41am

EU supports Libya Stabilization Fund with $8.13m

UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday announced that the European Union (EU) has allocated 7 million euros (8.13 million U.S. dollars) to support the Libya Stabilization Fund. The mission said in a statement that the EU support was announced by the head of the EU delegation to Libya on...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 10:17am

335 immigrants rescued off western Libyan coast

Libyan navy on Sunday rescued 335 illegal immigrants in three separate operations off the country's western coast, according to the navy spokesman. "Coast guards patrol at dawn today rescued 115 migrants of different African nationalities on a rubber boat off the coast of the city of...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:13am

Libya: Army announces taking over entire city of Darna

Commander of Libya's eastern-based army, General Khalifa Haftar, on Thursday announced taking over the whole eastern city of Darna after defeating the extremists there. "After a bitter struggle and great sacrifices, today our time is renewed as usual with victory, and the terrorists and...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 9:47am

Libya calls on UN to block "illegal" oil sale

Libya's UN-backed government on Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to block any "illegal sale" of oil by its eastern-based rival administration. The move came after the eastern-based army announced on Monday that it would hand over the oil crescent region to the eastern-based...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:33am

South Korean embassy, companies to return to Libya in September

South Korean Ambassador to Libya Choi Sung-soo revealed on Tuesday that the South Korean embassy and construction companies will return to Tripoli earlier in September. Choi Sung-soo made the announcement during a meeting with the UN-backed Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad M'etig in the...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:18am

UN says some 220 people drowned off Libya while attempting to reach Europe

GENEVA, (Xinhua) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday said that some 220 people drowned off Libya in recent days while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. UNHCR cited survivors as saying that a wooden boat carrying an unknown number of refugees and migrants capsized...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 6:05pm