The Libyan coastguard has been accused of deliberately ramming and sinking a migrant boat in the Mediterranean, leaving dozens in the water, some still missing. GB News has received dramatic video of the incident, taken by the Sea-Watch NGO off the coast of Bengazhi in western Libya. The video shows a large migrant inflatable boat begin to sink, with a Libyan coastguard vessel and rigid inflatable nearby. As the Sea-Watch helicopter filmed, dozens of people could be seen in the water. Dozens of people could be seen in the water, not everyone has been accounted for SEA WATCHTyre inner-tubes can be seen on the helicopter video floating in the sea.
September 30, 2023 14:51 UTC
The European Union in 2014 halted flights operated by Libyan airlines and banned them from entering member states' airspace, as the war-torn North African country was mired in intense fighting. Restarting flights is "part of intensive government efforts to lift the European ban on Libyan civil aviation", said Libya's UN-recognised government on Facebook. Medsky Airways was launched in 2022, the year after EU member Malta announced it would allow flights to and from Libya. It was unclear how the airline was able to circumvent the EU ban, which remains in place. Italy, Libya's former colonial power, and the Mediterranean island nation of Malta are now the only European countries to have resumed flights with Libya.
September 30, 2023 14:41 UTC
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September 30, 2023 13:48 UTC
The group threatened opposition figures while its supporters continued their campaign against Yemeni women, accusing them of being agents. According to sources, Houthis promised to release detainees under fourteen years of age after detaining them for several days. The Yemeni Minister warned of Houthi "brainwashing" attempts through media, platforms, and cultural policies implemented in schools and universities. He called on the international community, the UN, its special envoy to Yemen, and human and women's rights organizations to assume their part in stopping ongoing Houthi violations against Yemeni women. Eryani emphasized the need to work immediately to release all abducted and forcibly disappeared women, prosecute those involved in crimes and violations against Yemeni women, and include the militia and its leaders on terrorist lists.
September 30, 2023 13:19 UTC
Libya's prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of four more officials, bringing to 12 the number held as part of an inquiry into this month's flood that killed thousands. Flooding caused by hurricane-strength Storm Daniel tore through eastern Libya on September 10, leaving at least 3,893 people dead and thousands more missing. On Monday, the office ordered the arrest of eight officials, including Derna's mayor, who was sacked after the flood. Libya has been wracked by division since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. On Friday, the eastern authorities said they would begin paying compensation to people affected by the disaster, which a U.N. agency has said uprooted more than 43,000 people.
September 30, 2023 11:57 UTC
The Libyan Public Prosecutor ordered the placement of four new officials in pretrial detention as part of an investigation into the collapse of two dams that caused devastating floods in the city of Derna in the east of the country on 10 September. On 25 September, the Public Prosecutor ordered the imprisonment of eight officials, including the former mayor of Derna, as part of this case. READ: Derna children traumatised in aftermath of Libya floods triggered by Storm DanielFor its part, the authorities of eastern Libya announced on Friday that they would begin to compensate those affected by the floods caused by Storm Daniel in the coming days. Deputy Minister of the Interior Faraj Qaim said that 100,000 Libyan dinars (19,000 euros) would be given to residents whose homes were destroyed by floods. READ: Rescuers search sea for Libya survivors after floods
September 30, 2023 11:26 UTC
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September 30, 2023 10:57 UTC
Many more children have also been affected due to lack of essential services, such as health, schooling and safe water supply, Xinhua news agency quoted Unicef as saying in a statement. While the number of children among the casualties is not yet confirmed, the UN body fears hundreds of children may have died in the disaster, given that children account for about 40 per cent of the population, it said. Significant damage to health and education infrastructure means children once again risk further disruption to their learning and the outbreak of deadly diseases.
September 30, 2023 10:13 UTC
BENGHAZI: Libya’s prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of four more officials, bringing to 12 the number held as part of an inquiry into this month’s flood that killed thousands. Flooding caused by hurricane-strength Storm Daniel tore through eastern Libya on Sept. 10, leaving at least 3,893 people dead and thousands more missing. The seaside city of Derna was the worst-hit in the flash flood, which witnesses likened to a tsunami. On Monday, the office ordered the arrest of eight officials, including Derna’s mayor who was sacked after the flood. On Friday, the eastern authorities said they would begin paying compensation to people affected by the disaster, which a UN agency has said uprooted more than 43,000 people.
September 30, 2023 08:18 UTC
QNATripoli: General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) held on Thursday bilateral talks with Libyan Civil Aviation Authority. Acting President of GCAA Mohamed Faleh Al Hajri chaired the Qatari side in the discussions, while Head of Libyan Civil Aviation Authority Dr. Mohammed Mohammed Shlebek presided over the Libyan side. Following the talks, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of civil aviation. The MoU is part of joint efforts by both parties to deepen bilateral relations and put frameworks that contribute to developing ways of cooperation in the civil aviation sector, enhancing ways of cooperation in the field of security and safety, and exchanging experiences. Both sides also discussed many issues of common interest in the field of air transport.
September 30, 2023 06:45 UTC
The floods that hit the Libyan city of Derna were so severe that little attention was paid to the illegal migrants who were passing through the city on their way to Europe. The first victims were migrants who were in Derna at the time of the tragedy. The Derna region is a hunting ground for criminal organisations and militias regularly criticised by international NGOs for illegal activities, particularly human trafficking. This change of direction has been welcomed by Brussels, which has just agreed to allocate 67 million euros ($70.6m) to a Tunisian migration aid programme. It remains to be seen how the criminal organisations will react to this desire to regain control.
September 30, 2023 06:00 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan coast guard boat rammed into a dingy carrying some 50 migrants just off Libya's coast on Friday, partially sinking the vessel. Sea-Watch said the Libyan coast guard then took the migrants aboard another ship, a coast guard frigate. From their twin-engine Seabird, Sea-Watch rescuers had repeatedly called on the Libyan coast guard to stop chasing the dingy, they said. A spokesmen from Libyan coast guard did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A civilian rescue ship Louise Michel arrived at the scene shortly afterward and asked to take the migrants, which the coast guard denied.
September 30, 2023 01:54 UTC
Here are some recent scenes, as international and local search and rescue teams and survivors continued the work of recovery. Amr Alfiky / Reuters / Reuters A person removes mud from a house after floods in Derna, Sept. 19. Amr Alfiky / Reuters / Reuters Workers move piles of mud and dirt outside a Derna mosque following fatal floods, Sept. 18. Amr Alfiky / Reuters / Reuters An Italian search and rescue team drops a boat during a search mission in Derna following fatal floods, Sept. 17. Amr Alfiky / Reuters / Reuters Search and rescue personnel work in Derna, Sept. 16.
September 29, 2023 15:10 UTC
The Food and Drug Control Centre has reported numerous medical violations at several health facilities in Sabha, south of Libya. The surveillance team found that expired medicines were being stocked within health facilities. Additionally, the Sabha Educational Centre for Fertility and Assisted Reproduction was found to have breached medical standards, as well as a newly established health centre. Legal procedures have already been initiated against the violators, who have been notified of the technical violations, the centre confirmed. The breachers received notification of the technical violations, and legal procedures are already underway, the centre added.
September 29, 2023 12:05 UTC
Flash floods in the port city destroyed roads and swept neighborhoods out to sea. Heavy rain from a cyclone in the Mediterranean inundated cities along the northeastern coast of Libya in early September 2023, causing thousands of deaths. The port city of Derna (Darnah), home to about 90,000 people, was one of the worst hit by the storm and suffered extensive flooding and damage. According to news reports, the flash floods destroyed roads and swept entire neighborhoods out to sea. The image below, acquired by Landsat 9’s Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) on September 18, shows eroded banks of Wadi Derna near where it meets the Mediterranean.
September 21, 2023 18:54 UTC