Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

CAIRO — At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe. The Red Crescent posted photographs of dozens of bodies in white and black bags, lined up along the shore. The Red Crescent appealed for help on Facebook, saying there are no vehicles to transport the bodies. The European Union has plans to halt the tide by training the Libyan coast guard and stepping up co-operation with neighbouring Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt. He denied allegations by critics that the deal would pave the way for the resettlement of migrants inside Libya.

February 21, 2017 09:31 UTC

Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell – "What I saw is a new kind of modern-day slave trade"

Or maybe it is simply because it is a difficult place for journalists to access and report from. What I saw in Libya is a new kind of modern-day slave trade. I met a young Nigerian woman called Aisha who was bleeding heavily after giving birth to a baby girl on a squalid toilet floor. Not their own countries, Libya or Europe. Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell is on Tuesday 21 February at 9pm on Sky1

February 21, 2017 09:01 UTC

East Libya issues women travel ban over alleged spying

The decision to forbid travel for Libyan women under the age of 60 without a 'mahram' is not motivated by religion or politics. BEGHAZI: Libyans on Monday denounced a decision by the country’s eastern authorities banning women under 60 from travelling abroad without a male guardian after alleged cases of women spying. “The decision to forbid travel for Libyan women under the age of 60 without a ‘mahram’ is not motivated by religion or politics. “We have known of cases of Libyan women dealing with foreign intelligence services,” Nadhouri told the Libya television channel. But on Monday Libyans — men and women — appeared united in condemning the travel ban.

February 20, 2017 22:13 UTC

Clashes erupt in Zliten city, two killed and several wounded

At least two people were killed and three others were injured as clashes erupted in Zliten city, which lies some 140 km to the east of Tripoli. The clashes broke out between the forces of the Joint Security Operation Room, which was formed recently, and an armed group from Misrata city.

February 20, 2017 16:52 UTC

Motorcade of Fayez Al-Sirraj targeted by heavy gunfire

A motorcade carrying the Head of the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sirraj, has been targeted by heavy gunfire on the freeway near Guest Palaces in Tripoli this afternoon. Al-Sirraj was not alone in the motorcade. The media office of the High Council of State (HCS) said, following the incident, that Abdelrahamn Al-Sweihli, the Head of the HCS and the Chief of the Presidential Guard, Najmi Al-Nakoa, were accompanying Al-Sirraj. Two guards were injured in the gunfire barrage, the media office added.

February 20, 2017 15:00 UTC

News Roundup - Sun, Feb 19, 2017

____________________A patrol for the Libyan Coast Guard has saved 185 illegal migrants onboard a big dinghy off northern Sabratha shores. ____________________A boat of Khalifa Haftar-led forces intercepted a commercial ship sailing on the sea from South Korea and heading to Misrata port. ____________________Al-Ahli Tripoli has beaten Ghana’s All Stars 2-0 and qualified for the 32-round of CAF Champions League qualifiers. ____________________Labreg airport’s deputy head of passports control department said they started implementing the order of the eastern governor, Abdelraziq Al-Nathori that bans Libyan women from traveling abroad without “a man-of-kin”. ____________________IOM said it had hired a plane and helped deport 334 illegal immigrants to Senegal and Nigeria from Mitiga airport in Tripoli.

February 19, 2017 15:19 UTC

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi

ISIS already enjoys an affiliate in sub-Saharan Africa, with the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram pledging allegiance to the ISIS caliphate in March 2015. In Libya itself, ISIS goes by the name Majlis Shura Shabab al-Islam (MSSI) — or the Shura Council of Muslim Youth. Many of the jihadis operating in Libya today are Yemeni and Tunisian veterans of the wars in Iraq and Syria. As it does in Syria and Iraq, ISIS feeds off the chaos and rules by striking fear into the hearts of locals. The Libyan Army retook Sirte from ISIS last December, and hopes to repeat the task elsewhere, with aid from the United States.

February 17, 2017 10:18 UTC

Salvation government premier inaugurates Tripoli International Airport

Prime Minister of Tripoli-based Salvation government, one of Libya’s three competing governments, inaugurated on Thursday the new Tripoli International Airport, despite unfinished reconstruction at passenger terminal. Addressing crowds celebrating the 6th anniversary of the 17th February revolution at the airport ground, Khalifa Al-Ghawiel said reconstruction work has been carried out in less than one year and in record time. “We will contact international companies to buy security equipment for the airport to secure passengers,” he said. Tripoli International Airport was destroyed in 2014 during fighting between Libyan Dawn brigades and Dignity Operation affiliated groups from Zintan. A source close to the Salvation government said the new Tripoli International Airport will be operational by mid-March.

February 16, 2017 20:37 UTC

Sabha Medical Center begins burying corpses accumulated inside its morgue

The Sabha Medical Center (SMC) has started carrying out the legal procedures regarding burying the unidentified bodies that are accumulated inside its morgue after it had to close the morgue over the big number of corpses and the passiveness of the authorities regarding the issue. The spokesman of the SMC, Osama Al-Wafi, said Thursday that they had called in a forensic doctor from Nafousa Mountain to conduct the autopsy in the presence of the Public Prosecutor and the Sabha Police Station officials.

February 16, 2017 19:39 UTC

News Roundup - Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Western and southern military delegations visited Algeria and met with Abdelkader Messahel, the Algerian Maghreb Affairs Minister to discuss resolving the Libyan political crisis. The foreign ministry in Algeria said the meeting is part of Algeria’s efforts to bring together the Libyan conflicting parties together into a united government. ____________________The Minister of the Local Governing at the UN-proposed government discussed with his Tunisian counterpart the obstacles faced by the travelers crossing Ras Ajdair border between Libya and Tunisia, reported an official accompanying the minister on the visit. ____________________GECOL’s media office said the load shedding policy has ended and the general power network has become stable after new power units joined the network and after the demand for power had shrunk with the warming of weather conditions. GECOL said Thursday new units were connected to the power network.

February 16, 2017 15:56 UTC

Nigerian Returnees from Libya Narrate Tales of Rape, Abuse, Violence

Nigerian Returnees from Libya Narrate Tales of Rape, Abuse, ViolenceSome Nigerian returnees from Libya have narrated their experiences in the hands of Libyan officials. Scores of Nigerians travel to Libya daily with the hope of landing in Europe by boat through the Mediterranean. They said they travelled to Libya with the hope of crossing to Europe through the Mediterranean in search of jobs. Mr. Isikhuemhen urged the Nigerian government to stop young ladies from travelling to Libya, saying they were molested by Libyan immigration officials. He said that most Nigerian ladies bribe Nigerian immigration officers to secure travel documents to travel to Libya.

February 16, 2017 03:51 UTC

Libya still in the mire as another anniversary passes

Libya still in the mire as another anniversary passesTripoli, Libya | AFP |Libya’s transition has been bogged down by insecurity and chaos, leaving the country looking like a “failed state” six years after the NATO-backed uprising that ended Moamer Kadhafi’s rule. – Prospects of ‘failed state’ –But analysts remain sceptical over the prospects for Libya to avoid becoming a “failed state”. Claudia Gazzini of the International Crisis Group was also downbeat, ruling out any major political or military settlement in 2017. “Whether or not this state of suspended animation marks the beginning of Libya as a ‘failed state’ depends primarily on its economic standing,” she said. The post Libya still in the mire as another anniversary passes appeared first on The Independent Uganda:.

February 15, 2017 23:31 UTC

GECOL in talks with South Korean companies over stalled projects

A delegation from the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) has arrived in Seoul for talks on the return of South Korean companies and resumption of the stalled projects in Libya. “Both sides discussed return of SK companies, security situations here in addition to other legal and financial matters,” the GECOL reported. They also discussed the possibility to lift the travel ban imposed by the South Korean government on the South Korean companies in order to facilitate their return. The General Electricity Company described the visit as fruitful and said a roadmap for the return of South Korean companies was prepared. Earlier this year, GECOL announced the return of Turkey’s ENKA Teknik to restart work on Ubari power station in south Libya.

February 15, 2017 20:15 UTC

Dignity Operation conducts fresh airstrikes on Al-Jufra airbase, central Libya

Just days after the latest airstrikes on Al-Jufra airbase , Dignity Operation warplanes dropped new bombs on the airbase in Hun town on Wednesday targeting military positions for the Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB). The attack came after the DBB pronounced out-loud control on some oil terminals in the area nearby Zallah town.

February 15, 2017 15:55 UTC

News Roundup - Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Derna Shura Council urged the officials who defected from Dignity Operation in eastern Libya to join it in Derna and help Derna people carry out the security and construction project they are working on. It added that the Derna-announced doctrine is for all Libyans regardless of tribe, region or political party. ________________Head of Investigations Bureau at the Attorney General’s Office urged Tajura security room to immediately release Dr. Abu Al-Qasim Al-Barouni, the director of Masara Hospital. Al-Barouni was detained over accusations of illegally destroying medical waste and human organs in a farm he owns in Tajura. _______________Armed group raided the University power station in Benghazi after it had been serviced knowing that it had been shut for two years.

February 15, 2017 15:13 UTC

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