Libya

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) The head of Libya’s National Oil Company announced on Wednesday that oil production is expected to reach 1.25 million barrels per day by the end of 21017. NOC president Mustafa Sanalla said, however, that “despite a surge of more than one million bpd” oil production would fluctuate “in the absence of a budgetary law”. Sanalla, who was in the eastern city of Benghazi for talks with oil company chiefs on reuniting the sector, which like other institutions has been hard hit by divisions in Libya. With estimatedRead More
Tripoli (AFP) The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government has announced a new political roadmap for his violence-wracked country, with presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in March 2018. Political rivalry and fighting between militias have hampered Libya’s efforts to recover from the chaos that followed the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The Government of National Accord has been struggling to assert its authority since it began work in Tripoli in March 2016, with a rival administration based in the remote east refusing toRead More
Tripoli (AFP) Clashes between forces loyal to Libya’s unity government and rival fighters east of Tripoli have left four people dead including at least two civilians, the health ministry said. Another 21 people were wounded in the fighting on Sunday and Monday in Garabulli about 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of the capital, the ministry said overnight on Facebook. Two foreign workers, whose nationalities were unclear, were among those killed, it said. Clashes broke out on Sunday evening between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord and fighters alignedRead More
Tripoli (AFP) Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord on Sunday battled rival forces in the Garabulli region east of the capital, witnesses said, drawing condemnation from the UN. Witnesses said the fighting pitted pro-GNA forces against fighters loyal to former prime minister Khalifa Ghweil who refuses to recognise the UN-backed government. It broke out when Ghweil’s forces, ousted from Tripoli in recent weeks, regrouped around Garabulli preparing to attack the capital, the witnesses said. Pro-GNA forces backed by dozens of tanks and pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraftRead More
Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) Jihadists are still battling Libyan forces in Benghazi days after strongman Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled army declared victory in the eastern city, his forces said Sunday. Colonel Miloud Zwei, spokesman for Haftar’s Libyan National Army, said the fighting persisted in the district of Soug al-Jarid, located between the central neighbourhoods of Soug al-Hout and Al-Sabri, the jihadists’ last strongholds. Zwei said 20 LNA soldiers have been killed by “terrorists” who had been hiding in houses since Haftar on Wednesday announced the “total liberation” of Benghazi. ThreeRead More
Garabulli (Libya) (AFP) Thirty-five migrants, including seven children, were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank on Saturday off the Libyan coast, the coastguard said. Eighty-five migrants, including 18 women, were rescued with the help of fishermen who alerted the coastguard, said Issa al-Zarrouk, a coastguard official in Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli. Navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem said the boat sank six nautical miles northwest of Garabulli, and 10 fishing boats took part in the rescue. The rescued migrants were from countries including Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, theRead More
EU foreign ministers on Monday urged Libyan authorities to redouble efforts to protect migrants, especially those held in detention centres, as record numbers cross the Mediterranean seeking safety in Europe.Read More