Women and children dominate the death toll from the latest air strikes that took place in southern Libya. Libyan officials say at least 16 people were killed in two air attacks within 72 hours with government blaming forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar. The Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Libya’s capital, Tripoli gave further details saying at least five children were killed. 10 others were also reported wounded from the attack that took place on Sunday during an air raid in Al-Swani, a residential area south of…Read More
Three U.N staff have been killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The three U.N. staff were killed alongside two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said. The attack came as the United Nations was brokering a truce in the capital Tripoli, where the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force launched a surprise attack in April. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack in a statement. The African Union has also condemned the attack. I condemn in the strongest possible terms,…Read More
Over 40 people have been killed following an air strike on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq. Reuters reported that the Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar confirmed a strike late on Sunday. The Eastern Libyan forces however denied targeting any civilians. Last month five doctors were also killed in a similar air strike on a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli. That was also carried out by a warplane belonging to Khalifa Hafta. Hafta is a former officer in Muammar Gaddafi’s army who wants to…Read More
Five doctors are reported to have died in an air strike on a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli. An official from the UN-backed government has confirmed the incident, adding that it was carried out by a warplane belonging to Khalifa Hafta. Hafta is a former officer in Muammar Gaddafi’s army who wants to topple the internationally recognized government in Tripoli. AFP reports that the attack was carried out on Saturday. It is the third of such attacks on a hospital in the area. Lamine al-Hashem, the…Read More
(KHARTOUM) – The Libyan government ordered the Sudanese military attaché to leave the country, amid accusations by Tripoli about the involvement of Khartoum in supporting some of the Libyan warring factions.
A statement by the Libyan government on Saturday night claimed that a Sudanese military transport plane bound for Tripoli airport, that is currently under the control of an Islamist armed group, entered its airspace.Read More
The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said. About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines, were evacuated early Saturday and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm to CNN. U.S. officials stress operations have been “temporarily suspended” until “the security situation on the ground improves.” The embassy will continue to operate from other locations. U.S. embassy in Libya evacuated A senior State Department official said some of the staff will be…Read More
Libyan authorities were forced to close the Tripoli airport on Friday after rebel rockets hit a runway.
According to eyewitnesses “Flights were halted but the airport has been reopened using a second runway,” a spokesman for the transport ministry told news reporters visiting the airport. So far no planes have been seen taking off.Read More
Libya’s capital city Tripoli was at a virtual standstill yesterday. Most of Tripoli’s businesses, schools and public sector workers went out on strike, demanding that militias leave the city.
A 48-hour state of emergency was declared Saturday. Tripoli saw some of the bloodiest fighting since the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with at least 45 people killed in demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. Residents set up checkpoints and barricades of metal, wood and tires to protect their neighbourhoods.Read More
Libya seems well on its way to becoming the next Somalia, with much of the country already ruled by tribal/clan based armed militias. As was the case in Somalia, Libya is in the process of separation, with the eastern, oil rich, Cyrenica region having issued a de facto declaration of independence.Read More