Libya’s internationally-recognised government says it has captured the strategic al-Watiya airbase from fighters loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar. Military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu said in a Twitter post on Monday the forces of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) had taken over the entirety of the base near[…]
Libyan coastguards recovered the bodies of 11 migrants who died off Libya’s western shore during an attempted crossing to Italy on Sunday, a spokesman said. More than 80 migrants survived the incident off the city of Sabratha, about 70 km (44 miles) west of Tripoli, and coastguards brought them back[…]
Jobless, restless and frustrated, 24-year-old Saikou Jammeh persuaded his father to sell the family home and give up his life savings to pay for the journey from Gambia to Europe. Jammeh saw no future for himself in Gambia, a tiny impoverished country on West Africa’s coast, so he joined an[…]
Fierce clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people, shutting the airport, and damaging planes during what the government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison. The attack triggered the heaviest fighting in Tripoli for months, undercutting claims[…]
An eastern Libyan group says it is carrying out air strikes against rival factions as part of its attempt to push them back from positions around the major oil terminals of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf. The Libyan National Army (LNA) is attempting to regain control of the ports after[…]
Field hospitals behind the frontlines in Libya’s Sirte were full on Wednesday after fierce fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants left 36 dead and more than 140 wounded in a single day, with the toll expected to rise as battles continue overnight. “I am so angry and upset I almost[…]
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