Shocking new video of migrants in Libya

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Libyan activists took to social media to share a new footage of the struggles of illegal immigrants in Libya.The video believed to be filmed in the city of Sabratha west of the country shows migrants in an underground prison in very poor conditions.According to the information provided by Libyan activists, the migrants held inside the prison were kept in inhumane conditions.Prison walls had only small holes from which prisoners get water and lunch.The video shows some migrants who managed to ...

Italy: 1,100 migrants rescued from Libyan coast in one day

Thursday, 23 November 2017

About 1,100 migrants from the Libyan coast were rescued from the sea on Wednesday, including a woman who gave birth in a rubber boat, the Italian coastguard and monitors said. They were recovered from 10 rubber boats and a small wooden boat in a rescue operation that involved a coastguard vessel, an Italian Navy ship and NGOs. The Mission Lifeline NGO said in a Twitter post that the woman had given birth on an inflatable boat. Some 114,600 migrants have landed in Italy so far this year, a figure ...

France calls UN Security Council meeting over Libya slavery

Thursday, 23 November 2017

France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity. “France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament. “We are doing it as a permanent member of the Security Council. We have this capability and we are using ...

Biker groups flourish in post-Qaddafi Libya

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Donning leather and helmets (sometimes), they roar along Libya’s hair-raising, potholed roads on carefully polished Harley Davidsons and Kawasakis.Part of a growing scene, there are now hundreds of bikers in Tripoli alone who come from all walks of life. One is the imam of a local mosque, another a 60-year-old mechanic who lived nearly three decades in Texas.Riding past — often in groups — on their gleaming machines, they stick out in Libya, where a conservative society still ...

US carries out air strikes against ISIS in Libya

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The US military said on Tuesday that it had conducted two air strikes against ISIS militants in Libya in the past few days. In a statement, US Africa Command said one strike was carried out on Friday and another one on Sunday. It said both strikes were carried out near the city of Fuqaha, but did not say how many militants had been killed. The statement said the strikes were carried out in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord. ISIS ...

Hundreds protest after recent reports of slave market in Libya

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Several hundred protesters gathered in central Paris on Saturday night to demonstrate after images were released by US news channel CNN showing an alleged slave market in Libya. The French national police were deployed in riot gear to contain the protest, which started in front of the Libyan embassy and moved toward Paris’s main street, the Champ D’Elysees. Demonstrators criticised the French government, who they accuse of staying silent. “For France, For Europe, for the United ...

UN envoy for Libya sets sights on institutions as way to unite country

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Five months after he was appointed to lead UN peace efforts in Libya, Ghassan Salame says he is focused on building institutions as a way to unite the country. The 66-year-old Lebanese-born academic told AFP in an interview that if state institutions can begin to work, Libya will finally change course after years of chaos since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. “The key to my approach is institutions,” Salame said. “If in a year or two, we can began to reunite, revive and ...

Libyan militant captured in Egypt claims al-Qaeda link

Friday, 17 November 2017

A Libyan militant captured in a raid on a group blamed for a deadly attack on Egyptian police said on Thursday that he and other foreign fighters loosely linked to al-Qaeda had been operating out of Egypt’s western desert since January.A new and little-known group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for the October attack, posing a new threat to Egyptian security forces battling a stubborn ISIS insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula since 2013.The Interior Ministry said on Thursday ...

US prosecutor calls Benghazi suspect ‘commander’ of 2012 attack

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Prosecutors are urging jurors to convict a man they say masterminded the 2012 attacks on US compounds in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.In closing arguments on Thursday, Assistant US Attorney Michael C. DiLorenzo described Ahmed Abu Khattala as a terrorist bent on killing as many Americans as he could.Khattala is charged with crimes including murder of an internationally protected person, providing material support to terrorists and destroying US ...

Libyan forces hit ISIS camp with air strike

Thursday, 16 November 2017

East Libyan forces said they launched air strikes against suspected ISIS militants on Wednesday south of the group’s former stronghold of Sirte. “The Libyan air force struck and destroyed the biggest concentration of Daesh (ISIS) south of Sirte, after monitoring the site over a period of time,” said Sherif al-Awami, an air force commander with the Libyan National Army. The site contained a large camp with military vehicles and stocks of petrol and ...

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