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Country in north Africa

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Libya: Country in north Africa
Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest. The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 16th largest country in the world. Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over one million of Libya's six million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.

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More than a hundred migrants feared dead off Libya coast

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast with more than a hundred people dead.
Reuters - Published

Libya sends mobile petrol stations to conflict-hit west

Libyan state employee Akrm Jlaidi drives for ninety minutes to the suburbs of the capital Tripoli every week to fill his car at a mobile fuel station. Typically he waits for hours. Sometimes he returns..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Libya

Stranded migrants try to swim to Italy [Video]Stranded migrants try to swim to Italy

Migrants stranded on board a rescue ship that's been blocked off the coast of Italy jumped overboard and attempted to swim to shore on Sunday (Aug 18). Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published

'Migrants experiencing horrific circumstances in Libya,' says NGO [Video]'Migrants experiencing horrific circumstances in Libya,' says NGO

"Ocean Viking", operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée, is stranded off the coast of Libya with around 356 migrants.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:34Published

Another U.N. Staffer Dies: Car Bomb In Benghazi [Video]Another U.N. Staffer Dies: Car Bomb In Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A U.N. staff member died on Saturday of wounds suffered in a car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics said, raising the total number of U.N. personnel..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Libya to close migrant centres after criticism from UN [Video]Libya to close migrant centres after criticism from UN

According to the UN's refugee agency, many are living in squalid conditions with inadequate food supplies.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:06Published

UN envoy to Libya calls for Eid holiday ceasefire [Video]UN envoy to Libya calls for Eid holiday ceasefire

Renegade military commander Haftar rejects ceasefire, vows to press on with 4-month offensive to take Tripoli.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:07Published

Dozens of bodies of migrants who perished in the Mediterranean wash up on Libya's shoreline [Video]Dozens of bodies of migrants who perished in the Mediterranean wash up on Libya's shoreline

Around 150 African refugees and migrants perished off the Libyan coast on Thursday, in their apparent attempt to reach Europe.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:24Published

'Unimaginable': Mediterranean shipwreck survivors 'sent to bombed Libyan detention centre' [Video]'Unimaginable': Mediterranean shipwreck survivors 'sent to bombed Libyan detention centre'

Most of the survivors of the worst Mediterranean shipwreck so far this year have been transferred to a Libyan detention centre that was hit by a deadly airstrike this month, according to the UN refugee..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:42Published

Up to 150 feared dead in 'year's worst Mediterranean tragedy [Video]Up to 150 feared dead in 'year's worst Mediterranean tragedy

Two boats carrying about 300 people capsized off Libya's coast, with scores, including children, feared drowned.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published

MSF and SOS Mediterranee restart rescue missions off Libya [Video]MSF and SOS Mediterranee restart rescue missions off Libya

A new vessel, the Ocean Viking, will conduct rescue work in the Mediterranean, humanitarian groups say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

Militia Abducts Libya's Most Prominent Female Politician [Video]Militia Abducts Libya's Most Prominent Female Politician

One of Libya's most prominent female politicians was abducted from her home in Benghazi on Wednesday, by an armed militia. CNN reports her family says Seham Sergewa hasn't been heard from for three..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:44Published

Battle for Tripoli: Libya coastguard braces for naval offensive [Video]Battle for Tripoli: Libya coastguard braces for naval offensive

Turning the tide, concerns that the high seas could become Libya's next front line.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published

Why Bangladeshi migrants board boats from Libya to reach Europe [Video]Why Bangladeshi migrants board boats from Libya to reach Europe

Key migrant organisation IOM says hundreds of Bangladeshis died or went missing while trying to reach Europe in 2019.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published

Italy seeks fresh migrant crackdown as more boats arrive [Video]Italy seeks fresh migrant crackdown as more boats arrive

As the number of migrants arriving on its shores gathers speed, Italy plans to throw more resources into its fight against boat migrants, an official said on Tuesday. Anna Bevan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

German ship Alan Kurdi rescues 44 more migrants from Mediterranean [Video]German ship Alan Kurdi rescues 44 more migrants from Mediterranean

German rescue ship 'Alan Kurdi' saves 44 migrants off the coast of Libya, just one day after it handed 65 migrants over to Malta. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published

Libya attack revives calls for closing migrant detention centres [Video]Libya attack revives calls for closing migrant detention centres

Rights groups have called for an evacuation of detention centres where they say migrants face inhumane conditions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published

Libya migrant detention centre attack kills 60, injures 77 [Video]Libya migrant detention centre attack kills 60, injures 77

Analysts suggest the UN's failure to take action against Khalifa Haftar sets a dangerous precedent.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

Libya migrant centre attack may amount to 'war crime' [Video]Libya migrant centre attack may amount to 'war crime'

A divided UNSC fails to condemn deadly strike on a detention centre in Tripoli that killed 44 people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:17Published

Libya migrant centre attack may amount to war crime: UN envoy [Video]Libya migrant centre attack may amount to war crime: UN envoy

UN's Libya envoy denounces attack that killed dozens in a detention centre in Tripoli and is blamed on Haftar's forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Libya: Air raid kills dozens at Tripoli migrant detention centre [Video]Libya: Air raid kills dozens at Tripoli migrant detention centre

At least 40 killed and dozens more wounded in attack on detention centre in Tripoli suburb blamed on Haftar's forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:07Published

Libya unrest: Health workers suffer amid fight for Tripoli [Video]Libya unrest: Health workers suffer amid fight for Tripoli

Al Jazeera meets the medical workers in Libya's capital working under dangerous conditions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

Gharyan: Libya's UN-recognised forces retake strategic Haftar base [Video]Gharyan: Libya's UN-recognised forces retake strategic Haftar base

Libyan city is back under the control of the UN-recognised government after being used as a base to launch attacks on the capital Tripoli.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published

Libya's UN-recognised government retakes key town [Video]Libya's UN-recognised government retakes key town

Government of National Accord has wrested Gharyan from Khalifa Haftar's forces, capturing troops.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:37Published

 

Pompeo, in call with Egypt's Shoukry, urges political solution in Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed American concerns over the prolonged conflict in Libya in a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart, and they agreed on the need for a political..
Reuters - Published

Ships passed us by, says sole survivor of migrant tragedy

The only survivor of a disastrous attempt by 15 migrants to reach Europe by sea from Libya said ships passed them by and ignored their pleas to be rescued.
Reuters - Published

Eastern Libyan forces damaged civilian airport in western Libya: U.N.

Eastern Libyan forces have seriously damaged with air strikes a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Libya reopens southern airport closed since 2014

Libya reopened on Friday its airport in the main southern city of Sebha which had been closed since January 2014 due to security problems, residents said.
Reuters - Published

Missile strike halts traffic at Tripoli airport, kills worker

Missiles hit the only functioning airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, killing one worker, the airport said.
Reuters - Published

Libya conflict: Fighters agree a truce during Eid al-Adha

Rogue leader General Khalifa Haftar promises to stop fighting until Monday afternoon.
BBC News - Published

Car bomb explodes in Libya's Benghazi, killing three U.N. staff

A car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed three U.N. staff members and two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said.The attack came as the United Nations was..
Reuters - Published

Another U.N. staffer died due to car bomb in Libyan city of Benghazi: medics

A U.N. staff member died on Saturday of wounds suffered in a car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics said, raising the total number of U.N. personnel killed in the attack to three.
Reuters - Published

U.N. condemns Libya car bomb that killed two U.N. staff

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack that killed two U.N. staff members and injured three, a U.N. spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Car bomb in Libyan city of Benghazi kills two U.N. staff: medical source

A car bomb in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday killed two U.N. staff, several medical sources said.
Reuters - Published

Libya government accepts U.N. ceasefire proposal, implementation unclear

Libya's internationally recognized government, which is facing a campaign by eastern troops to take the capital, has accepted a United Nations proposal for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious..
Reuters - Published

Libya's internationally recognized government accepts vacation ceasefire: statement

Libya's internationally recognized government on Friday accepted a ceasefire request from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), according to a statement posted by the government on..
Reuters - Published

Libya's U.N.-backed government steps up defense spending as war drags on

Libya's internationally recognized government has allocated 40 million Libyan dinars ($28.5 million) for its defense ministry, it said on Tuesday, stepping up spending to fend off an eastern offensive..
Reuters - Published

Drone strike on town in southern Libya kills at least 43: official

A drone air strike by eastern Libyan forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq has killed at least 43 people, a local official said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Libya conflict: Air strike kills 42 in Murzuq

Forces supporting a rebel general say they carried out the attack, but deny targeting civilians.
BBC News - Published

Libya's Mitiga airport reopens to air traffic after shelling

Libya's Mitiga airport reopened to air traffic on Saturday after being closed for several hours following shelling, the airport authority said on its Facebook page.
Reuters - Published

Libya's Mitiga airport halts air traffic following air strike

Libya's Mitiga airport halted air traffic on Saturday after it was hit by air strikes, the airport authority said on its Facebook page.
Reuters - Published

Libya to close three migrant detention centres

One of the centres was bombed last month and is close to where Libya's rival governments are fighting.
BBC News - Published

Migrant crisis: Self-immolation exposes UN failures in Libya

A Somali man held in a detention centre burns himself to death, leading to renewed criticism of EU and UN policy.
BBC News - Published

Chaos and fear in Libya's Mitiga airport after missiles halt air traffic

Missiles on Monday hit Tripoli's only functioning Mitiga airport which remained closed to air traffic, causing chaos and fear among passengers, witnesses said.
Reuters - Published

U.N. calls for Eid truce in Libya, warns foreign support fueling conflict

A United Nations envoy called on Monday for a truce to be declared in Libya around Aug. 10, and warned that an influx of weapons from foreign supporters in violation of an arms embargo was fueling the..
Reuters - Published

Five killed in air strike on goverment-backed Libyan hospital

Five doctors were killed and at least eight medical personnel injured late on Saturday in an air strike on a field hospital run by the internationally recognized Tripoli government, a hospital..
Reuters - Published

Air strike on Libya hospital kills five doctors

The government has accused the forces of rogue general Khalifa Hafta of carrying out the attack.
BBC News - Published

55 bodies recovered from Libya shipwreck: aid worker

Fifty-five bodies have been recovered so far off the Libyan coast, an aid worker said on Saturday, after a wooden boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

115 feared dead after worst Mediterranean shipwreck of the year

About 115 people are missing and feared to have drowned and another 134 were rescued by Libyan coast guards and local fishermen after a wooden boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya, a Libyan navy..
Reuters - Published

116 migrants missing off Libyan coast: navy

At least 116 migrants are missing and another 132 were rescued by Libyan coast guards and local fishermen after a wooden boat capsized off Libya, Libyan navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Scores feared drowned in shipwreck off Libya

Up to 150 people may have drowned off the coast of Libya, the UN refugee agency says.
BBC News - Published

UNHCR says up to 150 people may have died in shipwreck off Libya

Up to 150 people are feared to have died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, while another 150 were rescued and are being returned to Libya, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on..
Reuters - Published

Libya seizes Italian fishing vessel: Italy's Foreign Ministry

The Libyan coastguard has seized an Italian fishing vessel, Italy's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Libya's Mitiga airport re-opens after air strike: statement

Mitiga airport in Libya's capital Tripoli re-opened to air traffic on Tuesday after an air strike, according to a post on the its Facebook page.
Reuters - Published

Eastern Libyan forces warplane makes emergency landing in Tunisia, pilot held: LNA

A warplane belonging to eastern Libyan forces fighting the internationally recognized Tripoli government made an emergency landing in Tunisia on Monday and the pilot was detained, the self-declared..
Reuters - Published

Libyan warplane makes emergency landing on road in southern Tunisia

A Libyan warplane made an emergency landing on a road in the southern Tunisian town of Beni Khadash on Monday and its pilot has been detained, according to Tunisia's state news agency TAP.
Reuters - Published

SOS Méditerranée resumes Mediterranean migrant rescues

SOS Méditerranée restarts work off Libya with a new vessel, after the last one was forced to stop.
BBC News - Published

Gaddafi's prime minister to be released for medical care abroad

The man who served as Libya's prime minister for the final five years of dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s rule will be released on Saturday to receive medical treatment abroad, Libya’s justice ministry..
Reuters - Published

U.N. demands release of abducted lawmaker and Haftar critic in eastern Libya

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) demanded on Thursday the immediate release of lawmaker, Siham Sergewa, and her husband who were reportedly abducted at their house in the eastern..
Reuters - Published

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