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Libya oil back online after months-long shutdown

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Libya's National Oil Corporation says crude production and exports will resume, but at lower levels due to major damage to energy infrastructure

A picture taken on June 3, 2020 shows an oil refinery in Libya's northern town of Ras Lanuf. - Libya's National Oil Company said Monday it had restarted production at Al-Fil oil field, closed since January by the forces of eastern military strongman Khalifa Haftar. The NOC's announcement came a day after output resumed at Al-Sharara oil field, the country's largest, following a string of victories against Haftar by forces backing Libya's Tripoli-based unity government. (Photo by - / AFP)

Egypt executes Libyan militant for deadly police attack

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Libyan militant Abdel Rahim al-Mismari is responsible for the attack south of Cairo in October 2017

Tripoli gov't to boycott Arab League Libya talks

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:31 PM

The talks are called for by Egypt, a key supporter of the Tripoli government's archfoe, eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar

CEASEFIRE TALK. Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. AFP phot

UAE backs Egypt peace initiative in Libya

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:34 PM

UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash says the initiative 'strengthens the Arab and international momentum for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops, and the return to a political track'

Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. - Forces backing Libya's unity government said they had reseized the capital Tripoli International Airport, held since 2019 by rival forces backing Khalifa Haftar, the latest in a string of defeats for the eastern-based military commander. Libya's main civilian airport, lying on key highway on the capital's southern edges, had been closed since being heavily damaged in 2014 clashes. (Photo by - / AFP)

Libya unity gov't claims full control of Tripoli, suburbs

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:21 PM

The announcement comes after GNA forces retook the capital's civilian airport on Wednesday, June 3, more than a year after losing it in Khalifa Haftar's initial drive on the capital

RESEIZED. Fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. Photo by AFP

Russia sent jets to Libya to back mercenaries, says U.S.

May 26, 2020 - 9:57 PM

The Kremlin has always denied involvement in the conflict

WARPLANES. According to the US Africa Command, Russian fighter jets were recently deployed to Libya 'to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors operating on the ground there.' Photo courtesy of US Africa Command

Filipina nurse wounded in Libya blast

May 24, 2020 - 6:20 PM

The 60-year-old nurse sustains a shrapnel wound after an artillery round exploded outside her housing compound in the outskirts of Tripoli

Libya unity gov't seizes airbase in new blow for rival Haftar

May 19, 2020 - 12:45 AM

The reported capture of Al-Watiya comes after a weeks-long siege by pro-Government of National Accord forces of the base, where Khalifa Haftar had stationed aircraft for bombing runs against his rivals

SEIZED. Vehicles are seen outside a hangar at Al-Watiya airbase, which was seized by forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord, southwest of the capital Tripoli, on May 18, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya's Haftar claims mandate to rule as rivals denounce 'coup' attempt

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Accused by critics of wanting to install a new military dictatorship, Khalifa Haftar announces his self-styled 'army' is 'proud to be mandated with the historic task' of leading Libya

COUP? This image grab taken from a video published by the War Information Division of military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on April 28, 2020, shows Haftar giving a speech, saying he had 'a popular mandate' to govern the country, declaring a key 2015 political deal over and vowing to press his assault to seize Tripoli. AFP PHOTO/LNA WAR INFORMATION DIVISION

War-torn Libya reports 1st coronavirus case

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The risk posed by the pandemic is particularly worrying in Libya, where the security and humanitarian situation have deteriorated further since Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Tripoli almost a year ago

FIRST CASE. In this file photo, fighters of a military battalion loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Hafta patrol the streets in the eastern city of Benghazi during a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 21, 2020. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Libyans propose ceasefire, slam international inaction

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:26 PM

The draft ceasefire deal proposes that the United Nations and a military commission with members from both warring sides monitor the safe return of displaced civilians to their homes

DRAFT DEAL. President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya Faiez Mustafa Serraj delivers a speech at the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Libya government suspends participation in Geneva talks

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:41 AM

A barrage of rocket fire is the latest violation of a tenuous truce that came into effect in January

PROTEST. Libyans take part in a demonstration against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, and in support of the UN-recognized government of national accord (GNA), in the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on January 24, 2020. Photo by AFP

EU agrees on naval mission to stop Libya arms flow

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:26 AM

'The arms embargo is being violated systematically and this is going to feed the fighters with an incredible amount of arms,' warns EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell

RUINS. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

New clashes in Libya despite U.N. ceasefire call

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Despite the truce, there has been sporadic fighting almost every day near Tripoli, and arms continue to flow into the country

CLASHES. A man checks a shell-pocked wall in a street that was reportedly hit during shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Batata neighbourhood on February 13, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Tripoli airport hit by rocket fire as U.N. slams Libya arms violations

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Libyan capital's sole functioning airport comes under renewed fire as fighting breaks out hours after the UN mission in the country condemned ongoing violations of an arms embargo

PROTEST. Libyans take part in a demonstration against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, and in support of the UN-recognized government of national accord (GNA), in the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on January 24, 2020. Photo by AFP

Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls – Erdogan

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:34 PM

World powers are trying to mediate a lasting ceasefire at the international conference in Berlin

CEASEFIRE TALKS. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar leaves after talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens, on January 17, 2020, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognized government are expected to attend. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Berlin to host international conference on Libya

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'The aim of this process is... to support the efforts of the United Nations for a sovereign Libya and for the reconciliation process within Libya,' Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says

ANGELA MERKEL. Berlin will host an international conference on Libya. Image from Shutterstock

Libya's Haftar leaves Moscow without signing peace deal

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's abrupt departure on Tuesday is a setback for an international diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insists it would continue mediation efforts

NO DEAL? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu hold a joint press conference following the talks on a ceasefire deal between the warring sides in Libya, in Moscow on January 13, 2020. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Libyans react to truce with relief and doubts

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The heads of Libya's warring factions are to meet in Moscow on January 13 to sign a ceasefire deal

LIBYA. A vendor sorts dates on display at a supermarket in the Libyan capital Tripoli on January 13, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Macron urges 'credible, lasting' Libya ceasefire

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:09 PM

'The president emphasized the necessity that the ceasefire that is to be announced is credible, lasting and verifiable,' Emmanuel Macron's office says

EMMANUEL MACRON. French president Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech during the Citizens' Convention for Climate held at the French 'Economic, Social and Environmental Council' (CESE) headquarters in Paris, on January 10, 2020. Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP

Libya's GNA accepts ceasefire with Haftar

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The acceptance of the ceasefire is in response to calls from Turkey and Russia, who have emerged as key players in the Libyan arena

GNA HEAD. In this file photo, Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj holds a cabinet meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli on December 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Saudi Arabia slams Turkish approval of Libya deployment

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Analysts warn that Turkey's deployment of troops risks plunging Libya deeper into a Syrian-style proxy war between regional powers

YES VOTES. Turkish members of parliament vote to send Turkish troops to Libya, in Ankara, on January 2, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Greece 'wants a say' in Libya peace process – PM

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'We do not want a source of instability in our neighborhood. Therefore we want a say in developments in Libya,' says prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, Greece's newly elected Prime Minister and leader of conservative New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks to the press outside the party's headquarters after the official results of the elections, in Athens on July 7, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

LOOK: 7 more Filipinos repatriated from war-torn Libya

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Philippine authorities have repatriated 149 Filipinos from Libya but over 1,000 other Filipinos, mostly OFWs and their dependents, still live in Tripoli and surrounding areas

Libya war leaves thousands homeless in Tripoli

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The Libyan government is unable to find shelter for all the displaced, leaving many at the mercy of avaricious lenders

HOMES LOST. In central Tripoli, the grey skeletons of a highrise construction site  abandoned since 2008 due to a property dispute, now host more than 170 families. Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

U.N. expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:29 PM

The UN experts conclude 'the arms embargo was ineffective, and resulted in regular maritime and air transfers to Libya of military material'

IN RUINS. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2019, Libyans check the site of an air strike in which three children were killed and others wounded on the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

United Nations report finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE violated Libya arms embargo

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The 3 countries 'routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied weapons with little effort to disguise the source,' a summary of a year-long study by UN experts says

LIBYA. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported airstrike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

[OPINION] War is a great teacher

Oct 06, 2019 - 5:50 PM

War dramatically changed my students' lives. I had witnessed how carefree teenagers became socially involved citizens.

Sudan shuts border with Libya, Central Africa over security concerns

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'The sovereign council...ordered the closure of the border with Libya and Central African Republic as it threatened the security and economy of the country,' says a statement by the ruling body

SECURITY CONCERNS. Sudanese paramilitaries say they have captured 138 Africans, including dozens of Sudanese, trying to enter neighboring Libya illegally. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Libyan navy says more than 300 migrants rescued

Aug 19, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The rescue comes days after Libyan navy patrols 'rescued 278 migrants on board four inflatable boats northwest and northeast of Tripoli,' Kacem added.

Libya airport reopens after truce-violating rocket fire

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) 'Reopening airspace at Mitiga international airport after maintenance and cleaning...so that airlines can renew their flights,' the airport's management says in a statement on Facebook

GROUNDED. In this file photo taken on April 08, 2019 grounded air-planes sit on the tarmac at Mitiga International Airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Car bomb kills 2 U.N. personnel in Libya's Benghazi

Aug 11, 2019 - 12:11 AM

At least 8 others, including a child, were injured in the attack

CAR BOMB. Libyans gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on August 10, 2019. Photo by AFP

Libya government planes strike key Haftar airbase

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Libya's government says they destroyed a munitions depot and a military transport aircraft belonging to the camp of eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / sea-eye.org / AFP

Paris says its missiles found on pro-Haftar base in Libya

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

But the French government denies supplying the missiles to rebel commander Khalifa Haftar and breaching a UN arms embargo

ADMISSION. This file photo taken on June 29, 2019 shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord displaying US-made Javelin anti-tank missile and precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyana. Photo by AFP

Pope Francis calls for 'humanitarian corridors' for migrant rescues

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Pope Francis says 'the international community cannot accept such grave incidents'

Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. - Nearly 40 migrants were killed and more than 70 wounded in an air strike on their detention centre in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, an emergency services spokesman told AFP. "This is a preliminary assessment and the toll could rise," said spokesman Osama Ali. He said 120 migrants were detained in the hangar, which was directly hit by the strike. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

1,000 dead in 3-month fight for Libya's Tripoli

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The UN's World Health Organization says air strikes and ground fighting have left nearly 1,000 people dead and some 5,000 wounded

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported air strike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

300 migrants 'still held in Libya center' hit by deadly raid

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:32 PM

The International Organization for Migration says its teams have 'located' and transferred to hospital 'a group of injured migrants who left Tajoura after the attack in the surrounding neighborhood'

AFTERMATH. Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Outcry as dozens killed in air strike on Libya migrant center

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) The strike 'clearly could constitute a war crime,' says UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame

CONDEMNATION. Migrants walk out of a hangar used as a temporary shelter at a migrant detention center used by the Libyan Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli's southern suburb of Tajoura on July 3, 2019, following an air strike on a nearby building that left dozens killed the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.N. attacks 'ghastly' conditions in Libya migrant detention centers

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:21 PM

According to UN figures, some 3,400 migrants and refugees remain detained in Tripoli, which has seen a surge in fighting since early April

LIBYA MIGRANTS. A child of African migrants who fled battle zones in Libya peeks out from a window at a detention center in Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, on April 27, 2019. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

15 more Filipinos repatriated from Libya – DFA

May 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

This biggest batch of Filipino repatriates from Libya includes 5 minors and 2 Islamic scholars, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

FLEEING LIBYA. The Philippine embassy in Tripoli sends off the latest batch of 15 Filipinos to be repatriated from Libya on May 29, 2019. The repatriates, who include five minors and two students from the Islamic Call College, will arrive in Manila on May 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of DFA

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

UAE helps release 3 Filipinos held captive in Libya

May 17, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'The UAE is working on sending them to their home countries,' the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says in a statement

RELEASED. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says UAE is working on sending the detainees – 3 Filipinos and a South Korean – to their home countries. File photo from the ministry's Facebook page

Libya's Haftar tours Rome and Paris amid military stalemate

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says he urged Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to halt his attack on the government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on May 9, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Libyan military rebel commander Khalifa Haftar (L) at the Ittihadia presidential Palace in the capital Cairo. - Haftar was in Cairo for the second time since he launched a military offensive on his country's capital, the Egyptian presidency said. Haftar has gained the ardent support of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his assault on Tripoli, where Libya's UN-recognised government sits. (Photo by HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Haftar's Libya offensive threatens international peace – EU

May 14, 2019 - 12:17 AM

The EU calls for all sides in the Libyan conflict to put down their arms and to commit to UN talks, though the month-long assault on the capital shows little sign of ending

LIBYA FIGHTING. A fighter loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) stands on a rooftop as smoke rises in the distance during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, in Espiaa, about 40 kilometers south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 29, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Libya's Haftar forces say warplane downed near Tripoli

May 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Mirage F1 is shot down in the Al-Hira region south of the Tripoli, Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says on its Facebook page

This picture published on the Facebook page of the War Information Division of military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on May 7, 2019 shows a man, described as the foreign pilot of a Mirage F1 fighter jet that was allegedly shot down by troops loyal to LNA, in custody after being captured in Libya's al-Hira region, 70 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital, Tripoli Troops loyal to rebel commander Haftar said today they shot down a warplane of rival forces of Libya's internationally recognised unity government near Tripoli and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot. AFP / LNA War Information Division

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

U.N. calls for week-long Libya Ramadan truce

May 06, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The United Nations mission in Libya proposes the 'extendable one-week' ceasefire 'during which all parties pledge to halt all forms of military operations' in a statement Sunday, May 5.

RALLY FOR PEACE. Libyans call for an end to fighting during a demonstration against strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Martyrs Square on May 3, 2019. AFP Photo