Libyan western forces free prisoners in move to solidify national unity

Forces in Zawiya in western Libya on Wednesday released more than 100 captives taken from Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to solidify a months-long ceasefire and moves towards national unity. The men had been held since April 2019 when Haftar launched an assault to seize control of the capital, Tripoli, and other areas… Read More Libyan western forces free prisoners in move to solidify national unity

Libyan parliament approves unity government as resolution of crisis advances

Libya’s long-divided parliament voted on Wednesday to back a unity government that has emerged through a U.N. peace process as part of a plan to resolve a decade of chaos and violence with an election in December. The parliament’s approval of Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh’s cabinet by 132 votes to two against, at a session… Read More Libyan parliament approves unity government as resolution of crisis advances

UN talks produces new Libyan interim government

U.N. sponsored talks produced a new interim government for Libya on Friday aimed at resolving a decade of chaos, division and violence by holding national elections later this year. Mohammed al-Menfi, a former diplomat from Benghazi, will head a three-man presidency council, while Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, from the western city of Misrata, will head the government… Read More UN talks produces new Libyan interim government

Tensions mount between France and Turkey following NATO naval incident

For France, it was the final straw. For Turkey, it was a misunderstanding. For NATO, it could be a turning point. The incident unfolded quickly in the eastern Mediterranean on June 10, when a French frigate under NATO command tried to inspect a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship suspected of smuggling arms to Libya in violation of… Read More Tensions mount between France and Turkey following NATO naval incident

Five dead, twelve injured as shelling hit park in Libya

A grassy area used as a park in the Libyan capital Tripoli was hit by shelling on Sunday that left five people dead and 12 others wounded, an official and a medic said. The incident highlighted a continuing risk to civilians despite a relative lull in fighting around Tripoli since eastern-based forces staged partial withdrawals… Read More Five dead, twelve injured as shelling hit park in Libya

Thirty killed, several injured following attack on military academy in Libya

At least 30 people were killed and 33 others wounded in an attack on a military academy in the Libyan capital late on Saturday, the health ministry of the Tripoli-based government said in a statement on Sunday. Tripoli, controlled by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), is facing an offensive by military commander… Read More Thirty killed, several injured following attack on military academy in Libya

Three UN staff, two others dead following car bomb explosion in Libyan city of Benghazi

A car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed three U.N. staff members and two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said.The attack came as the United Nations was brokering a truce in the capital Tripoli, where the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force launched a surprise attack in April,… Read More Three UN staff, two others dead following car bomb explosion in Libyan city of Benghazi