UN says Russian mercenaries are fighting in Libya

Posted by - May 7, 2020

Mercenaries working for the Russian private military contractor Wagner PMC (Private Military Company) are operating in Libya, according to UN diplomats. The Reuters news agency reports that the contractor has clandestinely deployed up to 1,200 people to help Libya’s renegade General Khalifa Haftar. It quotes an experts’ report submitted to the UN Security Council’s Libya

Hundreds of Hungry Migrants Flee Libya Detention Center

Posted by - October 31, 2019

Hundreds of migrants have fled a detention centre in coastal Libya and crowded overnight around a U.N. facility, saying they were denied food for weeks. Around 450 people left Abu Salim detention centre late Tuesday. Two of the migrants, as well as activists, said they were forced to beg for money from families to pay

Sudan Orders Closure of Borders with Libya, CAR

Posted by - September 27, 2019

Sudan’s Sovereign Council on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of its borders with Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR). In a statement, the council said that the order was issued at a joint meeting held in the state’s capital Nyala by the council with the government of South Darfur state. Intelligence and police chiefs were in

France pledges to assist Libya conduct peaceful elections

Posted by - September 6, 2018

France has reiterated its support to international efforts assisting elections in Libya by year-end, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “In support of the UN and its partners, France is determined to work towards the continuation of the political process and the holding of elections by the end of the year, in accordance

643 Nigerians stranded in Libya return within five weeks – NEMA

Posted by - August 3, 2018

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 166 stranded Nigerians from Libya. This makes it a total of 643 persons that have voluntarily brought back to Nigeria through International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the last five weeks. The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihajja, who

US planning to reduce troops in Africa despite growing terrorist threat

Posted by - August 2, 2018

The US military is weighing significantly drawing down the number of US Special Operations Forces in Africa despite senior military officials warning that the terrorist threat in Africa is increasing, three defense officials tell CNN. The planned reductions are intended to help better align the US military’s posture with the Trump administration’s new defense strategy

Death toll rises to 35 in Benghazi car bombing

Posted by - January 24, 2018

The toll from a twin car bombing at a mosque in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi rose to 35 on Wednesday, medical officials said, one of the highest from a single attack since Libya slid into turmoil after a 2011 uprising. The first blast on Tuesday evening hit worshippers leaving the large Bayaat al-Radwan mosque

Libya’s Mitiga Airport at Tripoli reopens after intense clashes

Posted by - January 22, 2018

The only functioning airport in the Libyan capital reopened on Saturday after a five-day closure caused by deadly clashes that left passenger jets damaged. Mitiga airport, located just east of Tripoli city centre, appeared to be operating normally, with both departures and arrivals areas busy with passengers. “All domestic and international flights have …resumed,” said

Merkel heads to EU-Africa summit with eye on migrant crisis

Posted by - November 28, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will focus on expanding business ties and trying to regulate migration with Africa during an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan this week, as she comes under pressure at home to make progress faster on both fronts. Merkel is taking a break from her more than month-long drive to form a new government

UN providing help to immigrants stranded in Libya’s smuggling hub

Posted by - October 11, 2017

U.N. agencies said on Monday they were trying to provide urgent help to large numbers of migrants held and then stranded in the smuggling hub of Sabratha as rival factions battled for control of the city. At least 4,000 migrants, including pregnant women, newborn babies and unaccompanied children, have been transferred from informal camps and