Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase

25/03/2020 – An intense bombardment shook Tripoli through the night and a new battle erupted at an airbase outside the capital, hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and despite U.N. calls for ceasefires around the world during the epidemic. Continuer à lire … « Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase »

National Assembly of Libyan Scholars and Sheiks voices support for orders to close mosques

25/03/2020 – The National Assembly of Libyan Scholars and Sheiks have called on all imams, preachers to abide by the authorities’ decision to close mosques during this period, in order to preserve lives.

« The coronavirus pandemic should unite everyone and end disputes, » the assembly mentioned in a statement Sunday, urging citizens to abide by the Presidential Council’s decision to impose curfews and to stay at home until this ordeal is over.

It also criticized acts exploiting the current circumstance, including driving up prices saying that it’s an infringement and unjust act, according to the statement.

The Libya Observer

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Seven Ukrainian sailors captured amid pirate attack on vessel off Africa

23/03/2020 – Seven Ukrainian sailors from the MSC Talia F container ship, flying the flag of Madeira, Portugal, have been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Africa.

The vessel was heading from the port of Lomé (Togo) to the port of Libreville (Gabon), the Seafarers journal.com said on March 22.

There were 17 crew members on board. During the attack, the pirates captured seven sailors, all of them are reportedly Ukrainian nationals.

There is no further information about the captives. The vessel continued its voyage, the publication said.

UNIAN

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Libya: Haftar militias target prison in Tripoli

23/03/2020 – The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said Tuesday that militias affiliated with Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar targeted the Ain Zara prison facility in southern Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya: Haftar militias target prison in Tripoli »

An American efforts to convince fighting parties in Libya on a negotiable settlement to solve the crisis.

23/03/2020 – The American ambassador to Libya ‘Richard Norland’, said that his country is trying to convince the Libyan parties for negotiations, to solve the current crisis in the country, asserting Washington’s work to support a negotiable settlement. This came in a statement quoted by the embassy today Monday, from an interview made by the American ambassador ‘Norland’, with the London’s newspaper ‘The Arab Weekly’. The American embassy had called on Thursday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, which was declared last Saturday with fighting parties agreement for a humanitarian truce, in order to fight the new epidemic of Corona.

LANA (Libya)

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EU extends military mission in the Sahel

23/03/2020 – The EU has increased its military operation in the Sahel, and extended its mission to train the Malian Armed Forces.

The European Council on Monday said the mission would provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which comprises troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Continuer à lire … « EU extends military mission in the Sahel »

Four Turkish soldiers and a mercenary leader killed in Libya

23/03/2020 – Libyan National Army (LNA) forces responded to an attack by Turkish forces in the capital, Tripoli, and destroyed an ACV-15 Turkish armored vehicle.

“We offered the enemies the armored vehicle and corpses, but they refused to receive them, claiming those inside the Turkish vehicle are not Libyans,” Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said. Continuer à lire … « Four Turkish soldiers and a mercenary leader killed in Libya »