Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti met Libyan mayors on Saturday to renew a commitment to fight people trafficking as part of an agreement signed earlier this year between Rome and Tripoli. The meeting, which Libya’s interior minister also attended, focused on fostering alternatives to human smuggling and trade in contraband in Libyan towns heavily affected by illegal immigration.
The commander of the eastern forces of Dignity Operation, Khalifa Haftar has said the siege on Derna means choking the city in every sense of the word. In a video aired by pro-Haftar Libya News TV, Haftar stated that he would reject any mediation that targets the lifting of the siege on Derna, adding that no food, no medicines and no fuel are allowed to enter the city. "Our forces' siege on Derna is now at an irrevocable point, there is no going back." He remarked in Al-Bayda city at the opening of a hotel.
No matter how you put it, Islamic State (IS) terrorists are still making WWE-style entrances across the Middle East as well as in Europe and Libya is no exception. Despite fatal loss in the North African Country in last December in the coastal city of Sirte, IS diehards are still trying to regroup in Libya as several of them had taken refuge to some desert and cave-like hideouts in southern Sirte and around Bani Walid city – some 170 km away from Tripoli. IS terrorists reportedly killed 12 persons at Fuqahaa Checkpoint in Jufra city in Central Libya on Tuesday, with some reports saying that 10 of the killed were fighters from the self-styled eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar, while the other two were civilians who happened to be there at the checkpoint.
Two local fighters from the oasis town of Kufra and seven Chadian rebels were killed in clashes near the Libya’s borders with Chad. Local sources said the clashes broke out in Hanagar region, 300km southwest of Kufra, early on Saturday after a group of Chadian rebels penetrated the Libyan territories. The two dead Libyan fighters were identified as Omer Al-Eida and Abdullah Al-Modeer of Sobl Al-Salam Brigade.
The GNA Minister of Foreign and International Cooperation Mohamed Siala on Thursday met the EU Ambassador to Libya Bettina Muscheidt. Muscheidt told the Libyan news agency after the meeting that she was in Libya to prepare for the return of the EU mission to work from Libya, LANA added.
Libyan forces aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have announced the arrest of a man believed to be one of the barons of illegal migration and oil smuggling in Libya, called “king of smuggling”. Known as Fahmi Salim Musa Bin Khalifa, the man was arrested Thursday in the port city of Zuwara, North-western Libya by RADA Special Deterrence Force in a complex operation.
The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) says it is being crippled by the UN freeze on its once $69 billion of international assets, to the extent that in 2014 alone it lost $719 million. The new board appointed last month by the Presidency Council (PC) is pressing for the introduction of “smart sanctions” which would enable the LIA to have prudential control over its assets but not cashing out any investments without UN approval.
The International Association of Rights and Freedoms (IARF) has denounced in a statement starving of civilians in Derna, which has been besieged by Dignity Operation forces in eastern Libya for over a year, with a recent tightening grip on food and medicines entrance to the residents. On Wednesday, IARF said that the siege on Derna is considered a crime against humanity as well as a violation of all the legal conventions, condemning the use of civilians as human shields in armed conflicts.
The European Border Protection Agency (Frontex) announced that they are prepared to cooperate with Libya in the field of combating illegal immigration. The Agency's Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri stated that Frontex had sent one of their experts to Libya to prepare capacity building for future management of borders in Libya adding that the agency contributed to the preparation of the Libyan Coast Guard in cooperation with operation Sophia.
Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), begins a two-day state visit Sunday to Sudan. Sarraj visits Khartoum at the invitation of President Omar Al-Bashir, and will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and Libyan officials to discuss issues shared by the two nations. Ibrahim Ghandour, the Foreign Minister for Sudan, told local media Saturday that Libya and Sudan share a deeply rooted relationship and history. He made the remarks at Khartoum Airport during the departure ceremony for Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli, who was completing his own official visit.