Also on rt.com EU leaders agree to enforce Libya arms embargo with warships, despite fears of spike in migration“Members of the African mafia promised them a safe and quick passage to Europe. They <…> leave from their country, but once they arrive in Libya, <…> they are enslaved so they can’t reach Europe. They can even spend two or three years in Libya as slaves,” explains Michelangelo Severgnini, creator of the 'Exodus – Escape from Libya' audio project, which documents the stories of African migrants. In 2018, based on that assumption, former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closed the Italian ports to NGO boats carrying migrants. Video blogger Luca Donadel believes that – contrary to official information – most of the migrants’ boats are being “rescued” not near Sicilian shores, but in Libyan waters.
April 02, 2020 17:03 UTC
Some of the 2,000 Syrian fighters that were transported to Libya to battle along with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) versus its competitor Khalifa Haftar have actually apparently gotten away to Europe, according to Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). While such insurance claims have actually not been validated by the GNA or various other stars in the problem, the situation comes from a previous Daesh boxer that was caught trying to escape Libya and also is currently being held by the LNA. The previous Daesh militant purportedly gotten away from a jail in north Syria belonging to the Kurdish- led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) prior to impersonating a basic resistance boxer to obtain to Libya and afterwards to Europe. As an outcome, Turkey has actually sent out around 2,000 fighters from Syria to drive away Haftar, in addition to a little section of Turkish police officers and also consultants to train and also recommend GNA pressures. READ: Cavusoglu rejects approving Turkish citizenship to Syrians for dealing with in Libya
April 02, 2020 15:56 UTC
An EU mission to block arms shipments to Libya through sea blockades has been met with scepticism by President George Vella. EU governments decided on Tuesday to deploy warships in the central Mediterranean to inspect vessels suspected of funnelling weapons to and from the war-torn state. It also remains unclear how migrants rescued at sea by military ships enforcing the embargo will be treated. To help broker a deal, Greece offered its ports from which migrants rescued at sea will be relocated on a voluntary basis among member countries. Irini will also continue training the Libyan Coast Guard, under the guise of improving human rights and sea rescues.
April 02, 2020 12:11 UTC
40 western Libya Municipalities welcome Tripoli anti-Coronavirus government allocations; two reject allocations, government cedes health powers to municipalities – NCDC refutes recovery of Libya’s first patientBy Sami Zaptia. The LD 75 million emergency budget was distributed to a total of 119 municipalities/local administrations according to population density. However, today, at least two Municipalities, Tripoli Central and Zuwara, announced that they would not be taking up the Serraj governments allocations. In a televised statement, it said it was astonished at the mechanism used to estimate the amounts allocated to Municipalities. Meanwhile, the Tripoli government announced today that it was ceding its powers for the provision of health services to municipalities.
April 02, 2020 08:48 UTC
While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos. - 'Existential battle' -Libya's UN-recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (left) and strongman Khalifa Haftar (right) / © AFP/FileTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has openly sent military equipment and fighters to the GNA. "The fear of war crimes, of collective punishment, of marginalisation under dictatorial rule means that the forces fighting against Haftar won't give up easily." Pro-Haftar forces have already shuttered the country's main oil fields and production has come to a virtual standstill. Lacher judged that for now "Western states are not ready to exert meaningful pressure on Haftar and the UAE.
April 02, 2020 01:41 UTC
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April 01, 2020 16:24 UTC
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army announced on Wednesday that their forces were attacked by a Turkish warship that was targeting the Al-Ajailat area, west of the capital, Tripoli. According to the spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, “a Turkish warship has launched rockets from the sea at the Al-Ajailat area without causing any losses.”He added: “The intervention of the Turkish naval forces continues as the navy battleships were previously accompanied by cargo ships carrying weapons and military equipment for Syrian terrorists and mercenaries.”The media center of the Libyan Army’s Al-Karamah Operations Room announced earlier this morning, “the shooting down of a Turkish plane marching over the sky of the city of Al-Ajailat,” saying that “the air defenses of the Libyan armed forces managed to shoot down the Turkish plane moving in the western part of the country.”In turn, the forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord announced, today, the shooting down of an Emirati aircraft, south of the “Al-Ajailat” area. “The air defenses of the Al-Wefaq government forces succeeded in shooting down an Emirati plane, south of Al-Ajailat, without further details,” said Mohammed Qanunu, a spokesman for the Al-Wefaq forces. Advertisements
April 01, 2020 13:41 UTC
The European Union today started a one-year air sea and space operation enforcing the United Nations arms embargo on Libya. It will involve searching ships in the Mediterranean carrying arms off Libya and checking on illegal fuel and oil being smuggled from the war-torn North African country. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says diplomacy cannot work without enforcement action. Europe will use its aerial, satellite and maritime assets to ensure the UN arms embargo against Libya is enforced. A previous attempt to do this was blocked by the then Italian government claiming the use of warships attracted illegal immigrants to its shores.
April 01, 2020 12:55 UTC
The supreme committee for combating Covid-19 has reviewed setting up controls to prohibit the entry of products into the country, except for medical and food supplies, according to a specific mechanism. The committee put on the table a package of measures, chief among them is to halt the importing of goods except for essential items, in order to slow the spread of the virus in the country after registering 10 cases. Recently, the committee had suggested a number of measures, which were adopted later by the authorities, including extending the hours of curfew from two o'clock pm until seven o'clock am, as well as reducing working hours in public sectors.
April 01, 2020 12:11 UTC
Hello and welcome to the details of Trump, Erdogan stress need for Syria, Libya ceasefires and now with the detailsNevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - An internally displaced Syrian girl wears a face mask as members of the Syrian Civil defence sanitize the Bab Al-Nour internally displaced persons camp, to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Azaz, Syria March 26, 2020. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Apr 1 — US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined Tuesday the need for ceasefires in Syria and Libya during the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said. The two spoke by phone on efforts to “defeat the virus and bolster the global economy,” the White House said in a statement. The violence-plagued north-west, where around a million people have been displaced by conflict since December alone, is particularly at risk. The country’s healthcare system is badly deteriorated, although the two rival powers have both instituted social distancing measures.
April 01, 2020 10:30 UTC
Two more Coronavirus cases announced in Libya, bringing total to tenBy Sami Zaptia. London, 1 April 2020:Libya’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced late last night the confirmation of two new cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19). This brings the country’s total confirmed cases to ten. The international community continues to call for a truce in order for the country to focus on fighting the Coronavirus. Reacting today to the new Coronavirus cases announced yesterday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-Libya (OCHA) said today ‘‘ongoing fighting must stop immediately to allow health authorities and aid agencies contain further spread of the outbreak’’.
April 01, 2020 09:33 UTC
Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland wrote in a letter despatched to both equally sides of the conflict around the weekend. “The health and protection of all people today in Libya, which includes 345,000 of the most vulnerable, is at chance. After logging 7 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus in Libya above the weekend, WHO “classified Libya between the high-threat international locations in the region” and stressed the relevance of adopting preventive measures. Both the GNA and LNA have taken methods against the coronavirus, with the GNA imposing a curfew in western Libya on March 22 and extending it further on Sunday. There have also been complaints about health-related workers thieving protective devices for by themselves and refusing to function with suspected coronavirus people.
April 01, 2020 03:45 UTC
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March 31, 2020 22:51 UTC
Tripoli government allocates LD 75 m to municipalities across Libya after criticism of inaction; further anti-Coronavirus measures announcedBy Sami Zaptia. London, 31 March 2020:The internationally recognized Libyan government, based in Tripoli and led by Faiez Serraj, announced today the allocation of LD 75 million to municipalities across Libya. They ranged from LD 5.5 million for the city of Benghazi, LD 2.6 for Misrata, LD 2.2 for Hay Al-Andalous, LD 2.1 to Busleem to LD 119.000 to the smallest municipality. Secondly, the provision of the requirements of medical and medical assistants at detection, quarantine and health isolation centres. They will be distributed to health facilities and municipalities in order to raise the degree of anti-Coronavirus readiness, the Tripoli Health Ministry reported.
March 31, 2020 22:41 UTC
Thank you for your reading and interest in the news German ship sets sail for Libyan rescue zone and now with detailsHind Al Soulia - Riyadh - German rescue ship the Alan Kurdi has set sail for a new Mediterranean mission after delays caused by the coronavirus crisis. The Alan Kurdi will arrive at the Libyan search and rescue zone this weekend where it will be the only civilian rescue ship operating, said Sea-Eye, the German charity that operates the vessel. It said it had taken extra precautions to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 on board the ship. They included Alan Kurdi, a Syrian boy. The photograph of his lifeless body on Turkish beach in 2015 raised global attention to the plight of refugees.
March 31, 2020 15:33 UTC