Libya

Nearly 900,000 need humanitarian assistance in Libya in 2020: OCHA

TRIPOLI, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 900,000 people in Libya will need humanitarian assistance in 2020, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday.

"An estimate of 897,000 people are considered to be in need of humanitarian assistance in Libya in 2020. This reflects the most vulnerable people that have been identified as having the most severe needs," OCHA said.

Libya’s Haftar warns he will sink any Turkish ship

12 Dec 2019; MEMO: The chief of staff of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Farag Al-Mahdawi, yesterday announced his forces would sink any Turkish ship approaching the Libyan coast.

”I have an order, as soon as the Turkish research vessels arrive, I will have a solution. I will sink them myself,” Al-Mahdawi warned, noting that the order was coming from the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar.

Libya's UN-backed gov't to investigate into "mistreatment" of captured east-based army pilot

TRIPOLI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Interior Minister of the UN-backed government of Libya, Fathi Bashagha, issued Sunday an order to start an immediate investigation into "mistreatment" of a captured pilot of the rival east-based army.

On Saturday, the UN-backed government forces announced shooting down a fighter jet of the east-based army in the western city of Zawiya, some 45 km west of the capital Tripoli, and capturing its pilot.

Libyan officials collect evidence of Russian fighters in war

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war.

Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a private security contractor, the Wagner Group, to key battleground areas in Libya in the past months.

Libya GNA slams Haftar air strikes on Tripoli as war crime

03 Dec 2019; MEMO: The internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has condemned air strikes launched by forces loyal to retired Major General Khalifa Haftar on the capital Tripoli saying they are “tantamount to war crimes”.

“These criminal and terrorist acts will not pass without a severe response on the battlefields,” the GNA said in a statement.

Sudan militias move to Libya to support Haftar’s forces

25 Nov 2019; MEMO: Sudanese militias who make up part of the Sudan Liberation Front headed to Libya in support for the forces of Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar, Arabi21 reported yesterday.

The news site said that it obtained an exclusive video showing the Sudanese militias moving from the city of Bani Walid to the city of Tarhouna.

62 illegal immigrants deported by Libya

TRIPOLI, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Libya's Immigration Control Department in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday announced the deportation of 62 illegal immigrants to Chad and Sudan.

The immigrants were deported by land through the southern borders with Chad and Sudan, the department said in a statement.

The International Organization for Migration recently said that Libya has more than 650,000 illegal immigrants with 6,000 of them, including women and children, being held in detention centers.

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