Libya was on the brink of all-out civil war on Thursday after the renegade general Khalifa Haftar defied the United Nations to order his forces to march on Tripoli and overthrow the country’s internationally recognised government.
In an audio address to his self-styled Libyan National Army on Thursday evening, General Haftar ordered a “victorious march” on the capital to “shake the lands under the feet of the unjust bunch.”
“Tripoli, we hear your call,” he said in the address. “Whoever raises the white flag is safe.”
The Russians and France have provided aid to Haftar?
Prosecutors are investigating whether Belgian banks paid out interest and dividends on accounts frozen under UN sanctions in 2011 after the ouster of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Up to €5 billion ($5.7 billion) could have been disbursed to people controlling Libyan accounts, including militia groups in the country which stand accused of human rights abuses, according to a report by public broadcaster RTBF which cited an unidentified source.
Some 400 people have reportedly escaped from a prison in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The area has been engulfed in heavy infighting between rival militias for days. A state of emergency has been imposed in the city.
The inmates poured out of the prison’s gate, with guards fearing for their own safety as the four-hundred-strong crowd stormed the entrance. “The detainees were able to force open the doors and leave,” police said in a statement on Sunday.
Survivors of a November sea rescue operation by the Libyan coastguard have filed a lawsuit against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights, saying Rome was ultimately responsible for “violent and reckless” Libyan actions.
When Ibrahim was nine years old, Boko Haram militants chopped off his friend’s hand and dipped the stump in boiling oil.
Much of his family had been butchered by the group; when he was 11, he saw a jihadi shooting his father dead.
‘When I think about Boko Haram I have no emotion,’ he told MailOnline in Bikari camp in Maiduguri, the wartorn capital of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. ‘I don’t think I feel anything any more.’
Former minister of culture for Nigeria Femi Fani-Kayode said many migrants from Africa traveled to the Mediterranean to improve their lives but ended up being enslaved instead, International Business Times reported Wednesday.
The furore over illicit slave auctions, highlighted in a recent CNN report, was thrust to the top of the agenda among the 83 heads of state from the EU and Africa gathered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for a two-day summit.
At least 31 migrants died and 200 were rescued after they were set on by sharks during a perilous crossing from Africa to Italy, Libya’s navy has said.
A Libyan armed group said Saturday it had closed a comic book convention in Tripoli and detained the organizers for an “attack on morals and modesty” in the strife-ridden country.
Everything is haraam, except jihad.
Male rape is being used systematically in Libya as an instrument of war and political domination by rival factions, according to multiple testimonies gathered by investigators.
Years of work by a Tunis-based group and witnessed by a journalist from Le Monde have produced harrowing reports from victims, and video footage showing men being sodomised by various objects, including rockets and broom handles.
In several instances, witnesses say a victim was thrown into a room with other prisoners, who were ordered to rape him or be killed.
What Jihad’s all about.
Libyan authorities have recovered the remains of 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by so-called “Islamic State” (IS) militants more than two years ago, the anti-IS organization al-Bonyan al-Marsous announced Saturday .
The gruesome discovery was made in the seaside city of Sirte — the home town of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was toppled in 2011.
A statement said officials were led to the site by an IS militant who had witnessed the attack in early 2015.
A top-secret operation by British agents in Libya to stop terrorists being smuggled into Europe by people-traffickers has been shut down after an assault by government militia.
The notorious Nawasi Brigade stormed the operations base in Tripoli of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) – dealing a devastating blow to efforts to prevent terror attacks in Europe, highly placed sources in Libya have told The Mail on Sunday.
Hard-line jihadis and gangsters who make up the militia are now the nominal coastguard security – but, in fact, are working with people-smugglers for a cut of their vast income.
ROME—The ongoing migrant boat crisis, which has lured more than 600,000 mostly sub-Saharan Africans to Italy and killed more than 10,000 since 2014, has reached a crucial turning point.
Over the weekend, three of the eight major nongovernmental organizations with migrant rescue operations announced they would suspend their search and rescue operations out of fear the Libyan coast guard would shoot at them. The suspensions come at a time when migrant arrivals in Italy have dropped around 70 percent compared to last year.
Make no mistake, the Libyans’ threat is real.
Their country their rules. The NGO’s are part of a human trafficking network and guilty as sin.
The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has vowed to repel any Italian ships approaching Libya’s waters without permission.
On Wednesday, Italy’s parliament approved a plan to send naval boats to Libya to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
Italy is the main recipient of migrants making the dangerous trip from Libya.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has now ordered naval bases in four Libyan cities to block Italian ships.
Al-Saadi was born in 1973, the third of ten children, early in his father’s reign over Libya. He decided early on that he wanted to be a footballer, and given the special sway of his terrifying last name, he made his professional debut at the, errr, mature age of 27 for capital city club Al Ahli SC (Tripoli), where he lasted for an entire season.
…He was then off to crosstown rivals Al-Ittihad Tripoli, where — at least on paper — he was a key contributor to the club’s success in the following years, scoring 20 goals in his 74 appearances, winning two Libyan Premier League titles, two Libyan Super Cup titles, and reaching the final in two editions of the Libyan Cup.
But here’s the thing: he actually sucked harder than a Dyson colonic. One trainer complained that “Even at twice his current speed he would still be twice as slow as slow itself.” Despite this, he was the only player in the Libyan league allowed to have his name on the back of the kit (everyone else had to go by number), and he was the only player who could be identified by name on television broadcasts. And lest you think that such deference to was unwarranted, there are allegations that that in 2005, Al-Saadi murdered Bashir Al-Riani, a former footballer and coach with Al-Ittihad. Oh, did we mention that Al-Saadi was also the head of the Libyan Football Federation at the same time he was a player?