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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

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

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

Lone attacker kills 4 in Lebanon's Tripoli

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The gunman sows panic in the streets late Monday as Lebanon's second city prepared for the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

ATTACK. Lebanese troops are deployed in the northern port city of Tripoli after a militant attacked a security forces patrol and blew himself when confronted on June 4, 2019, on the eve of Eid el-Fitr. Photo by Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP

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

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 ==

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

DFA orders evacuation of Filipinos in Tripoli

May 01, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr raises Alert Level 4 in Tripoli and surrounding areas 'due to increased threats' faced by more than 1,000 Filipinos there

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Libya unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

Six of Khalifa Haftar's officers were also named in the warrant issued by the Libya military's prosecutor general

ARREST WARRANT OUT. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is now sought for arrest by the Libyan government. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

At least 200 dead in battle for Libya's Tripoli – WHO

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Some 205 have been killed and 913 have been wounded in the ongoing battle for Libyan capital Tripoli, says the World Health Organization

CONFLICT AT CITY. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia / AFP

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

U.N. chief urges ceasefire to avert 'bloody battle' for Tripoli

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's still time to stop,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells reporters after briefing the UN Security Council in a closed session

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires a machine gun during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019.   Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Air strike halts Tripoli flights as thousands flee Libya clashes

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A security source at Mitiga airport says no side has yet claimed responsibility for the air raid, which hit a runway without causing casualties

CONFLICT. Forces loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Clashes rage in Libya despite U.N. truce call

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Oil-rich Libya has been riven by chaos since the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 that killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, as rival administrations and armed groups battle for power

CLASHES. Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

World powers demand halt to Libya advance

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar launches an offensive to take the capital held by a UN-backed unity government and an array of militias

DFA tells Filipinos in Libya to be vigilant after bombing

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Filipinos are also advised to 'restrict their movement' following an attack on the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A picture taken on December 25, 2018 shows ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. - At least one person was killed on December 25 as attackers stormed Libya's foreign ministry after a car bomb exploded in front of the building and a suicide bomber then struck inside, a security source at the scene told AFP. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

9 dead in suspected ISIS attack in Libya

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:35 PM

11 other people are 'kidnapped' by the extremist group

Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi on May 7, 2018, during which he announced a military offensive to take from "terrorists" the city of Derna, the only part of eastern Libya outside his forces' control. / AFP PHOTO / Abdullah DOMA

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

UN chief condemns escalating violence in Libya

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Del Rosario: Filipino 'Moses' in the world's danger zones

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Albert del Rosario 76 formally steps down as the Philippines top diplomat after helping save thousands of OFWs and even bringing China to court

ICON OF DIPLOMACY. Albert del Rosario, 76, formally steps down as the Philippines' foreign affairs chief on March 7, 2016, after 5 years in service. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

3 dead as Lebanese army raids home of alleged militant

Dec 05, 2015 - 5:26 PM

Wanted fugitive Mohamed Hamza fugitive kills himself his mother and his niece as he evaded arrest on December 5

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Helicopter crashes in Libya with 23 on board

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:43 AM

The helicopter came down near the town of Zawiya around 45 kilometers 30 miles west of the capital

CHOPPER CRASH. A file photo dated 15 September 2003 showing a US Black Hawk helicopter preparing to take off in Baghdad, Iraq. File photo by Ali Haider/EPA

Tripoli 'ready to cooperate' with Britain over Lockerbie

Oct 21, 2015 - 11:14 PM

Scottish media named one of the two new suspects as former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and the other as Abu Agila Mas ud

Libya coastguard rescues 346 migrants

Sep 29, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The Libyan coastguard says it rescued 346 migrants almost 100 of them women and children crammed onto rubber boats and stranded off the country s coast

SAFE. A member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders - MSF) helps migrant to board a zodiac during a rescue operation by the NGO with the Dignity 1 search and rescue vessel in the Meditterranean sea off the coast of Libya on September 28, 2015. Photo by Ricardo Garcia Villanova / AFP

EU welcomes Libya's UN deal as step toward stability

Jul 12, 2015 - 9:58 PM

The UN Security Council has urged Libyan factions to sign a proposal in a bid to stem rising violence and the spread of radical organizations

Libya peace talks stall again despite UN sanctions threat

Jul 02, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Libya s leadership is facing international pressure to form a national unity government and end years of chaos in the war torn country

STALLED. In this file photo, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon, gives a press conference on the Libyan conflict on June 9, 2015, in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, 20 kilometers south of Rabat. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Libya militia seize 10 Tunisians in Tripoli consulate

Jun 12, 2015 - 11:32 PM

Tunis did not say who has seized its consul staff in Tripoli which is controlled by the Islamist led Fajr Libya militia alliance

Libyans arrest 545 Europe-bound illegal migrants

Jun 04, 2015 - 10:55 PM

In May alone authorities in Tripoli say they arrested more than 1 000 migrants who had hoped to set sail for Europe

Libya government warns aggression will be met with force

May 28, 2015 - 1:48 AM

Thani s spokesman said after his car was hit by bullets wounding a bodyguard that it had been an attempt to kill the premier

400 Europe-bound migrants held in Libya dawn raid

May 17, 2015 - 10:37 PM

With a coastline of 1 770 kilometers Libya is a stepping stone for Africans seeking a better life in Europe

UN says 'differences' emerge in Libya peace talks

Apr 18, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The differences emerge in written observations by the two sides on the agreement envoy Bernardino Leon is trying to clinch

A security guard points at damage outside the entrance to the Embassy of Morocco, in Tripoli, Libya, 13 April 2015. Photo by EPA

At least 21 killed in fighting near Libyan capital

Apr 18, 2015 - 10:27 AM

A Fajr Libya spokesman in Tripoli Mohamad Shami confirms the attack but gives a much higher death toll on the pro government side

Muslim migrants in Manila: BBL best option for peace

Feb 22, 2015 - 6:30 PM

We are devoted Muslims We don’t want war Hajji Moh’d Ersad Malli says

Past peace pacts haunt proposed Bangsamoro law

Jan 20, 2015 - 6:59 PM

The ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro hears the concerns of Moro National Liberation Front in their 35th hearing on the proposed law

UN envoy calls for 'total ceasefire' in Libya

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:48 PM

UN envoy Bernardino Leon wraps up a three day visit to the North African nation for talks on ways of ending weeks of fighting in the capital Tripoli and second city Benghazi

Bernardino Leon, the United Nation's (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Representative, speaks during a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, September 11 2014. EPA

Tripoli under militia control as Libya chaos deepens

Sep 01, 2014 - 8:46 PM

Libya has been sliding into chaos since Moamer Kadhafi was overthrown and killed three years ago with interim authorities confronting powerful militias which fought to oust the veteran dictator

SECURITY? A man closes a gate at the US embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya, 31 August 2014. Photo by EPA

Libya's new chief of staff declares 'war on terrorists'

Aug 25, 2014 - 8:50 PM

UPDATED Abdel Razzak Nadhuri speaks as Libyan jihadist group Ansar al Sharia urges other Islamists to unite under its banner

Blasts in Libyan capital as mystery jets fly over

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The mystery comes days after new clashes between militias prompted hundreds of people to flee

Tripoli police chief assassinated

Aug 12, 2014 - 9:21 PM

UPDATED A source reports that Colonel Mohamed al Suissi was killed by a group of unknown hooded armed people

2,000 more Filipinos sign up to flee Libya

Aug 06, 2014 - 5:00 PM

This means 1 out of 5 Filipinos in Libya has either arrived in the Philippines or signed up to flee the strife torn country

FOR FILIPINOS IN LIBYA. Filipino children hold placards during a protest outside the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, the Philippines, August 5, 2014. More countries moved to evacuate their nationals from Libya where the fighting between rival militias escalated. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Libya unrest 'worse than under Gaddafi' – evacuees

Aug 02, 2014 - 5:20 PM

So many people died to make the country better But now we started killing each other in a civil war

Libya waives exit visas for Filipinos: 'No need to beg'

Aug 01, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Philippine officials in Libya won t have to negotiate with Libyan employers to issue exit visas for their Filipino workers Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is in Tunisia to oversee the repatriation

STRIFE. Black smoke billows from a fuel storage depot near the airport in Tripoli, Libya, 28 July 2014, after it was hit by a rocket fire. Foreign governments have ordered their citizens to flee Libya. Photo by EPA/STR

Libya hospitals face collapse if Filipino staff flee

Aug 01, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Some 3 000 health workers from the Philippines making up 60 of Libya s hospital staff could leave along with workers from India who account for another 20

PROTEST. Libyan protesters hold placards and the national flags as they shout slogans during a protest in Tripoli, Libya, 31 July 2014. Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA

PH condemns kidnapping, rape of Filipina in Libya

Jul 31, 2014 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine government reiterates its call for Filipinos in Libya to heed its mandatory evacuation order with repatriation costs to be fully shouldered by the government