Tunisia, Egypt halt Libya flights over security fears


TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI - Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport halted most flights to and from Libya on Thursday for security reasons, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.

Heavy fighting erupts in Libya's Benghazi, killing five 20 Aug 2014

BENGHAZI Libya - Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists erupted in Libya's eastern Benghazi city on Wednesday, killing at least five people, medical and military sources said.

Libya restarts oil exports from biggest port as fighting rages in Benghazi 20 Aug 2014

BENGHAZI Libya - Libya has restarted oil exports from its biggest port for the first time since the end of a year-long blockade, a boost to the central government which is struggling with a wave of clashes in the capital.


Acting Libya oil minister Shakmak says to resign 20 Aug 2014

BENGHAZI Libya - Libya's acting oil minister Omar Shakmak said on Wednesday he would resign following a request by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

Algeria arrests 200 Syrian would-be migrants near Libyan border 19 Aug 2014

ALGIERS - Algeria has arrested 200 Syrians who had been hoping to reach Italy with the help of Libyan Islamists who had promised to smuggle them by boat, a security source said on Tuesday.

Libyan militia fire rockets into affluent Tripoli residential district 19 Aug 2014

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya - Libyan militiamen fired rockets into an affluent district of Tripoli early on Tuesday, moving a battle with a rival armed faction closer to the centre of the capital after fighters on one side came under air attack.


Renegade Libyan general claims air strikes on Tripoli 18 Aug 2014

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya - Renegade General Khalifa Haftar's air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya's worst violence since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

Libyan forces loyal to renegade general claim Tripoli air strikes - officer 18 Aug 2014

BENGHAZI Libya - Libyan forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar are responsible for air strikes in the capital Tripoli, one of his senior officers told Reuters on Monday.

Libya government says unclear who carried out Tripoli airstrikes 18 Aug 2014

TRIPOLI - The Libyan government does not yet know which group carried out the aerial bombing of militia positions in Tripoli, it said on Monday in its first reaction after residents reported jets flying over the capital to the sounds of explosions.

Unidentified war planes, explosions heard in Libyan capital 18 Aug 2014

TRIPOLI - Unidentified war planes flew over the Libyan capital Tripoli early on Monday and explosions could be heard, residents said.