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UN says death toll from fighting over Libya's capital at 254

BENGHAZI, Libya – The U.N. health agency says at least 34 more people have died in fighting for control of Libya's capital over the past two days, bringing the total to 254 dead so far, including civilians.


Libya’s Tripoli airport reopened as fighting continues

Libya has reopened Tripoli’s only functioning airport, the airport authorities’ announced on their Facebook page on Sunday. Mitiga airport was closed earlier in the day when residents reported an air strike on the Libyan capital.


Ramaphosa to discuss worsening situations in Libya, Sudan

President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Egypt on Tuesday for an urgent African Union Troika to discuss the worsening political and security situations in Libya and Sudan. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called an Emergency Summit in his capacity as the AU Chairperson.


Libyan Force Slows Tripoli Push Over Concerns for Civilians

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A self-styled Libyan army slowed down its push on the country's capital over concerns for civilians caught up in the violence, as the U.N. refugee agency said Monday that the fighting for Tripoli has displaced more than 32,000 people.


Egypt to host African summits on Sudan, Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will lead two emergency summits with other African leaders on Tuesday to address events in Sudan and Libya. According to a statement from the presidency,the leaders will focus on “the evolution of the situation in Sudan” where protests continue after the milit


Graham frets over Trump’s mixed signals on Libya

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump's voluble Capitol Hill defender, is worried that the president's chatter is undermining efforts to stop Libya from falling into an all-out civil war.


Libya: Tripoli Chaos Closes in On the City's Civilians

[The New Humanitarian] As fighting on the outskirts of Libya's capital heads into its third week and shows no signs of abating, the casualty count is rising, some aid organisations are moving expatriate staff out of the country, and it's only getting worse for civilians on the ground.[...]


Does Trump Know What He’s Doing in Libya?

During Barack Obama’s presidency I probably wrote more than a dozen pieces begging him not to intervene in Libya, and I watched bitterly when he later said that his biggest mistake in office was “probably failing to plan for the day after” Moammar Qaddafi was killed. This was precisely why I had bee


Libya crisis: Trump speaks with Haftar in sign of United States support

No more details were available immediately. On Friday, two children were killed in shelling in southern Tripoli, residents said. A few days after its launch, the military operation had failed to make progress on the ground as a result of the response by forces loyal to the National Accord Government


Libya's PC denies negotiations with Haftar's forces, demands UN fact-finding mission

The spokesman for the Presidential Council's government Muhannad Younis denied Saturday any negotiations with Abdelrazik Al-Nathori or any other figures from Khalifa Haftar's forces.


Day flights to resume at Libya capital’s airport

Tripoli (AFP) – Day-time flights will resume at Tripoli’s only functioning airport after it was closed to all but night-time traffic earlier this month for “security reasons”, Libyan airport authorities said Monday.


More Fighting in Libya Near the Capital, Tripoli

For the second Friday running, thousands took part in demonstrations in Tripoli and Misrata against Khalifa Hafter and his Libyan National Army (LNA) for their attack on Tripoli.


UNICEF airlifts 18 tonnes of emergency supplies to Libya

TRIPOLI, 22 April 2019 – A UNICEF-chartered plane has arrived at Misrata airport, in northwestern Libya, with 18 tonnes of urgently needed emergency supplies. These supplies will allow UNICEF to reach conflict-affected children and their families in and around Tripoli.


Libya: Warlord Haftar Spokesman Claims Al-Qaeda, Islamic State Aiding Government

Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) have deployed reinforcements to the legitimate government of Libya, the Government of National Accord (GNA), to prevent renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) from conquering Tripoli, a spokesman for the warlord’s forces claimed over the


Trump’s Destructive Decision to Embrace Haftar in Libya

Originally appeared on The American Conservative. The New York Times reports more on Trump’s sudden about-face in Libya:. The policy reversal came as a surprise in part because Mr. Hifter’s forces also appear to be losing ground. His promises of a quick victory have proved false, and his forces appe


Libya Faces New Round Of Fighting With Foreign Backers

That was the question on the lips of some of the reporters covering the dangerous new level of confrontation facing Libyans by internal and external forces including foreign countries in Europe and the Middle East.


Monday’s Daily Brief: Earth Day, looking for a solution to Libya crisis, focus on indigenous issues, Security Council on Sri Lanka, a high-level visit to Bangladesh

Top news for Monday include: the celebration of International Mother Earth Day, efforts by the UN to push for a political solution to the Libyan crisis, the opening of the annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Security Council's condemnation of the Sri Lanka attacks, and an upcoming UN


Libya: Libya: Tripoli Clashes Situational Report No.15 (As of 22 April 2019)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Libya, World. Well into the third week of fighting in and around Tripoli, armed conflict continues across multiple areas, including Khallat Farjan, Al-Aziziyah and Ain Zara, south of central Tripoli. A marked increase in precisi


More deaths in clashes in Libyan capital

As Libya's capital Tripoli continues to be hit by violence, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that over 500 Indians are stuck there and suggested that they leave the city immediately.


Libya UN-backed gov’t issues arrest warrant against army commander

TRIPOLI, April 18 (Xinhua) — Libya’s UN-backed government issued an arrest warrant against the east-based army commander Khalifa Haftar on Thursday, as the army and the government continue fighting over control of Tripoli.