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U.N. alarmed by alleged abuses, prison break in west Libyan towns

The U.N. Libya mission said on Wednesday it was gravely concerned by reports of the sudden release of 401 prisoners and acts of retribution in west Libyan towns captured by forces of the internationally recognized government this week.The statement...

Haftar forces pound Libya capital after losing towns

The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar rained rockets on the capital Tripoli early Tuesday after being ousted by government loyalists from a string of towns to its west.Salvo after salvo of rockets caused loud explosions throughout the...

UN backed Libya govt says it recaptured 2 strategic cities

Libya's unity government said Monday its forces had seized two coastal cities between Tripoli and the Tunisian border from troops backing military commander Khalifa Haftar."Our forces took control of Sorman and Sabratha and are pursuing (Haftar's forces)," said a...

UN condemns water shutoff to Libya capital

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Libya on Friday condemned the cutting off of water supply to the capital Tripoli over the past week as “particularly reprehensible” and said it must stop immediately.An armed group on Monday stormed a...

Libya closes coronavirus hospital amid attacks

Libya’s UN-backed government says it has suspended activity at one of the main hospitals hospitals in the capital, Tripoli, which has been repeatedly targeted in bombardments.The health authorities said the al-Khadra hospital was hit again on Thursday - the...

Tripoli hospital hit as Libya war defies coronavirus

Projectiles struck the grounds of a hospital in Tripoli on Monday in an area held by the internationally recognized government near a frontline, residents said, even as Libya struggled to prepare for an outbreak of the coronavirus.The residents said...

Libya post Gaddafi PM Jibril Mahmoud dies from coronavirus

Mahmoud Jibril, who abandoned Muammar Gaddafi to become Libya’s rebel prime minister during the 2011 revolution, died on Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus, an aide and his party said.Jibril was interim leader until the country held its first...

Tripoli forces hit eastern Libyan cargo plane near capital

An eastern Libyan military plane was hit on Sunday by forces allied to the internationally recognised government near the capital Tripoli, both sides said.The Libyan national army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been trying to take...

Libya: Haftar forces capture Syrian mercenary recruited by Turkey

A video shared by Libyan National Army (LNA) allied to Gen. Khalifa Haftar, shows an alleged Syrian mercenary talking about being recruited by Turkey to fight in the North African country according to Al Arabiya.The man who identified himself...

Libya battles escalate amid report of first coronavirus case

An intense bombardment shook Tripoli on Wednesday as new battles erupted around the capital hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and despite U.N. calls for ceasefires around the world during the epidemic.Residents of the Libyan capital,...
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