Prominent Libyan military commander General Khalifa Haftar, who represents one of the major forces in the fractured country, has visited Moscow. He met top Russian officials, including the foreign and defense ministers. Haftar is a powerful and largely independent figure in the ongoing civil conflict in the country. The veteran Libyan general, who lived for two decades in the United States, played a major role in toppling Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011.
On board the Aquarius, one of the last NGO ships still operating off the coast of Libya, rescuers are worried they are not seeing any more boatloads of migrants at sea. Libya's navy last week ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, a measure aimed at nongovernmental organisations it accuses of facilitating traffickers in illegal migration.
The Catholic priest Rev. Mussie Zerai, founder of an organization that helps migrants, has called the ban on NGO rescue ships operating closer than 97 miles from the African coast part of ''what appears almost a war against migrants in the Mediterranean''. The ban was ordered by the government in Tripoli ''with the approval and praise of Italy and the European Union'', he said. Agenzia Habeshia, the charitable trust Zerai set up in 2006 to campaign for refugee rights in North Africa and to help others in Italy get asylum, has helped save thousands of migrants.
The Libyan authorities has released 80 Tunisian citizens who had been held in a prison in the city of Al-Zawia on attempting illegal migration from the Libyan coast towards Italy. Human rights activist, Mustafa Abdelkabir, said in a press statement that negotiations were held with the Libyan authorities for four days for the release of the Tunisians before returning to their country through the Ras Ajdir border in a private bus on Friday.
Commander of Dignity Operation, renegade General Khalifa Haftar, said on Monday his army would continue fighting against “terrorists” until it takes full control of the entire country. During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Haftar claimed that 90% of the country’s territory is under his control, asking Russia to provide military assistance to his forces. “We are determined to continue our struggle until the army takes full control of the Libyan territory”. He said.
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met yesterday at the Emiri Diwan with a delegation comprising members of Al Bunyan Al Marsous forces in the fraternal country of Libya, who called upon the Emir to greet him on the occasion of their visit to Qatar.
Residents of the Libyan city of Tobruk raised empty bottles in anger at the lack of water in a demonstration late last month, shouting the slogan "water for oil" and threatening to shut Marsa Hariga port — one of the country’s largest oil export ports — if the crisis was not solved.