Malta's new prime minister was recently in war-torn Tripoli to strike deals on migrants, as Libya continues to fall apart. The migrant deal appears to be limited to opening two "coordination" offices, one in Malta and one in Libya, with Malta declining to give more details. It comes as Maltese prime minister Robert Abela wrestles with a series of accusations on how his navy mistreated migrant boats in recent weeks. Malta, a micro-state of less than half a million people, already hosts about 50,000 migrants and wants more EU solidarity. The Libya war was complicated further when Turkey sent troops and drones to fight on al-Sarraj's side this year.
June 02, 2020 05:15 UTC
JEDDAH: Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has called for an “immediate” end to the country’s military spending and armed presence in Libya and Syria. Tulay Hatimogullari, the HDP’s lawmaker from the southern province of Adana, submitted a parliamentary inquiry to Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu questioning the financial impact of Turkey’s military campaign in Libya on the national budget. The lawmaker asked for the total amount of Turkey’s military expenditure in Libya to be revealed including money allocated to the Government of National Accord and local groups collaborating with it. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted for the first time in February that his government had sent Syrian mercenaries to Libya. There are also people from the Syrian National Army,” he told media in Istanbul.
June 01, 2020 23:03 UTC
CAIRO: Turkey will start exploring Libya’s coast for gas within three months, the country’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said, with experts saying the move will create tension with Egypt. A dispute has been ongoing for several years between Turkey and Greece, Cyprus and Egypt regarding the ownership of natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish Petroleum Company has submitted an application to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) for permission to excavate in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara also wants to seize the value of compensation of suspended projects in Libya, estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. Despite the excavations carried out by Ankara, the region's marine areas have no gas or oil fields.
June 01, 2020 20:32 UTC
Prime Minister Robert Abela has said he is hopeful a solution is found for migrants stuck at sea by the time ports reopen. “We will not give up on finding a solution for these migrants,” Abela said. In light of his announcement, that the airport and ports will be reopening, Abela was asked whether migrants moored outside territorial waters will be allowed to disembark in Malta. Four tourist boats have been chartered by the government to host 425 migrants. READ ALSO: Army rescues 75 migrants, fourth tourist boat chartered to host them outside Maltese waters
June 01, 2020 19:18 UTC
Khalifa Haftar's forces have conducted attacks under a drone cover on Ghout Al-Reeh town between Gharyan and Al-Urban, which is one of Haftar's latest footholds in western Libya. A convoy of about 70 military vehicles headed to Ghout Al-Reeh from which the Government of National Accord forces withdrew after UAE drone strikes, said sources from Al-Urban town, adding that Haftar's forces then advanced on Al-Asaba and entered without fighting. Meanwhile, the spokesman for Gharyan Protection Force Motaz Shanbar told Libya Alahrar TV that Haftar's attack on Gharyan was facilitated by UAE drones, saying GNA forces pulled out from Al-Asaba town to Kikla. A commander at the Volcano of Rage Operation said the attacks of Haftar's forces at this time aims to pull out forces laying siege to Tripoli International Airport and Qasir Benghashir and send them far from south Tripoli, adding that Haftar's forces aim to reinforce their defense lines in those frontlines as they are about to collapse. The source said the forces sent to Al-Asaba town haven't been withdrawn from southern Tripoli frontlines but are army units in Gharyan and Al-Zawiya.
June 01, 2020 17:37 UTC
The Civilian Forces Movement in Libya has reiterated that dialogue with warlord Haftar is something from the past. The movement said in a statement that their position is definite on the rejection of a place for Haftar in any military, political or economic dialogue, noting that his only true place will be in a court of law, to try him for war crimes and his crimes against the Libyan people. This statement came in response to a statement issued by the German Foreign Ministry, in which it said that it had received proposals from Haftar relating to his willingness to take part in fresh dialogue. The movement urged the Libyan legislative, executive and political authorities not to negotiate with Haftar, hoping that any future dialogue will only involve of the actors in the eastern region who reject the military rule.
June 01, 2020 14:37 UTC
Libya has condemned the killings of 26 Bangladeshis by Libyan human traffickers in Mizdah and said it would bring the killers to book. In a condolence message to Bangladesh, Libya's foreign ministry today said the killings were an act of cowardice and the perpetrators would be tried for it. The Libyan foreign ministry also expressed deep sympathy to the families of the bereaved, saying it would keep them updated on the investigations and the subsequent trial. The 26 Bangladeshis were killed and 11 others injured when human traffickers opened fire on a group of migrants they were taking from Benghazi to Tripoli. Libya now is now locked in a civil war between warlord Haftar-led forces and the UN-backed government that's now controlling Tripoli, the capital of Libya.
June 01, 2020 12:00 UTC
FILE - LNA spokesperson Ahmed Al-Mesmari- Press photoLibyan Army eliminates Turkish-backed militia head Murad Al-Azizi CAIRO - 30 May 2020: The Military Information Division, affiliated with the Libyan Army, has announced the killing of the Turkish-backed Murad Abu Hamoud Al-Azizi, a Syrian mercenary squad leader, at the axis of the Airport Road in the capital, Tripoli. CAIRO – 1 June 2020: The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Monday the restoration of Alasabaa town western Tripoli from militias affiliated to the Government of National Accord (GNA) which had taken over the town on May 21.LNA Spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmary stated that the Libyan Armed Forces were able to impose control over the town after a raid launched by the Air Force against militias' concentrations on the Western Mountain.The LNA declared on Sunday the killing of three field commanders of the militias protecting the Government of National Accord (GNA) southern Tripoli in clashes.On May 29, Commander of LNA's Western District Mabrouk al-Ghazwi announced the death of 60 and the injury of 100 militants as they attempted to attack concentrations of the Libyan Armed Forces southern Tripoli.The commander stated that at least 1,500 Syrian mercenaries were involved in the attack according to the confessions of a captive.On May 25, the Libyan Air Force struck for the first time in 2 months Mitiga Airbase used by Turkey to pilot drones that target LNA forces. The strikes also targeted a Turkish air defense system at the base.Mesmary said that 100 militants were killed on May 23 in the fighting that resulted in the restoration of Tripoli's Yarmouk Military Camp by the Libyan Armed Forces from militias.In addition, 27 militants were killed in a repelled attack on LNA-held Tarhouna city southern Tripoli.Tripoli militias took over Oqba Bin Nafea Airbase located in Al Watiyah area western Libya from the LNA on Monday.In April, LNA Spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmary stated that the militias had been attempting to take over the airbase as it can be the substitute of Mitiga Airbase if taken over by the Libyan Armed Forces that lie few kilometers from it.In the same month, the LNA downed 60 Turkish drones piloted from Mitiga Airbase. In December, the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey signed two MoUs on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.As a consequence, Turkey brought into Libya 15,000 Syrian mercenaries to fight in the ranks of militias protecting the Tripoli-based GNA, which is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations.Turkey also brought Turkish 1,500 military experts and officers to command the operations rooms of militias, which have been controlling only Tripoli and Misrata since the LNA restored Sirte in January.Fighting has been ongoing as the LNA has been encircling both cities and advancing in their suburbs while militias have been targeting its concentrations.
June 01, 2020 11:26 UTC
But the fighting is not simply a domestic issue — Libya’s civil war has become a proxy for regional and global power geopolitics. The Tripoli government is supported strongly by Turkey, while Haftar’s coalition is backed by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and a smattering of other nations operating clandestinely. Turkey has been particularly engaged, throwing its support behind the Tripoli government. But Turkey and Russia, motivated by oil wealth and regional leverage, never reached a deal. Losing a brutal dictator only to fall into a decade of war has been a sad outcome for the 6 million Libyans.
June 01, 2020 09:56 UTC
The Ministry of Health of the Government of National Accord (GNA), announced its intention to set up strict precautionary measures to monitor citizens returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, even after initial laboratory testing is complete. The Director of the Crisis Committee for COVID-19, at the Ministry of Health, Fawzi Onis, explained on Sunday, that all returnees from Saudi Arabia will be subject to, not only testing and quarantine, but monitoring by relevant follow-up teams, to protect the health and safety of all citizens, by ensuring that strict adherence to quarantine procedures is followed.
June 01, 2020 09:45 UTC
TRIPOLI: Rocket fire on the Libyan capital killed at least five civilians on Sunday, the UN-recognised government said, blaming rival forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar for the attack. “Five civilians were killed and 12 wounded” when five rockets crashed into residential sectors of Tripoli, said Amine al-Hachemi, spokesman for the Government of National Accord’s health ministry. He said forces of strongman Haftar, who controls much of eastern and southern Libya, targeted the Soug el-Tlath roundabout and Gharbi street in the centre of Tripoli. Haftar launched an offensive in April last year to seize control of capital, where the GNA is based. During the first week of May, at least 15 civilians were killed and 50 others wounded in rocket and drone attacks on Tripoli.
May 31, 2020 22:29 UTC
Nurses wearing protective suits, prepare a patient with coronavirus to be transferred to Masih Daneshvari Hospital in Tehran. Iran’s 2,987 new coronavirus cases brought the total to 47,593. (West Asia News Agency/Reuters)CAIRO – 31 May 2020: The number of university hospitals ready to provide medical care to COVID-19 patients is 113 having 35,000 beds, said Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar. That is in addition to securing 1,000 mobile medical clinics to provide care for cases quarantined at home.To date, 65 mobile clinics were operated to distribute such doses. Currently, there are 32 PCR labs affiliated to the former and 17 affiliated to the latter.Minister Zayed revealed that the 7 governorates with top infections are Cairo, Giza, Qalyoubiyah, Monofeya, Fayoum, Alexandria and Beheira.
May 31, 2020 17:48 UTC
Libyan federal government pressures battered settings of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias at Tripoli airport, south of the Libyan funding, according to the army on today, records AnadoluAgencyThree armored cars coming from Haftar were ruined in the weapons strikes, the government-led Operation Volcano of Rage stated in a declaration. Meanwhile, army representative Mohammed Gununu gotten in touch with participants of Haftar’s militias to set arms, promising a reasonable test for those that give up. The phone call came eventually after federal government pressures stated they were progressing in a number of locations near Tripoli airport. The worldwide identified Libyan federal government has actually been under fire by Haftar’s pressures given that April2019 The federal government released Operation Peace Storm on March 26 to respond to strikes on the funding. Haftar’s unlawful pressures in eastern Libya have actually released countless strikes to record Tripoli, the country’s funding.
May 31, 2020 17:03 UTC
That is in addition to securing 1,000 mobile medical clinics to provide care for cases quarantined at home.Until present, 8 million medicine doses were offered to individuals in the surroundings of positive cases, 2 million doses were given to patients receiving treatment at home, and half a million doses were secured to in-patients.To date, 65 mobile clinics were operated to distribute such doses. The clinics reached the farthest point in Egyptian territories, which is Bahi El Din village located near the borders with Libya western the country.By the end of this week, 57 PCR labs affiliated to the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research will be in place after adding 8 labs. Currently, there are 32 PCR labs affiliated to the former and 17 affiliated to the latter.Minister Zayed revealed that the 7 governorates with top infections are Cairo, Giza, Qalyoubiyah, Monofeya, Fayoum, Alexandria and Beheira. The total figure in those governorates until May 30 is 15,415.Minister Abdel Ghaffar stated that the number of university hospitals ready to provide medical care to COVID-19 patients is 113 having 35,000 beds. At present, 23 of those treat coronavirus patients.Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli instructed concerned cabinet members to designate a maximum price for COVID-19 medical services at private hospitals as exaggerated amounts have been set.
May 31, 2020 14:48 UTC
Libyan government forces pounded positions of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias at Tripoli airport, south of the Libyan capital, according to the military on today, reports Anadolu Agency. Meanwhile, military spokesman Mohammed Gununu called on members of Haftar’s militias to lay down arms, pledging a fair trial for those who surrender. The internationally recognized Libyan government has been under attack by Haftar’s forces since April 2019. The government launched Operation Peace Storm on March 26 to counter attacks on the capital. Haftar’s illegal forces in eastern Libya have launched numerous attacks to capture Tripoli, the nation’s capital.
May 31, 2020 14:48 UTC