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Russia deploys fighter jets to Libya – AFRICOM

U.S. Africa Command says Russia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored, private military contractors, who are helping forces fighting the U.N.-supported Libyan government.The Russian fighter aircraft arrived at al-Jufra Airfield in Libya from an...

Libya coast guard intercepts 400 migrants off coast

Libya’s coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital of Tripoli from where they were taken to a detention center, the U.N. migration agency...

Libya’s GNA says targeting retreating Haftar forces

Libya's internationally recognised government has launched air strikes against forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar after his forces announced they were pulling back from Tripoli front lines.Air strikes by the Government of National Accord (GNA) targeted several...

Both sides in the Syrian conflict now fight in Libya

While a ceasefire in Syria has reduced combat between rebels and government forces, mercenaries from the two sides are still fighting in Libya on behalf of their Russian and Turkish backers.Turkey supports some Syrian rebels and Libya's UN-recognised Government...

Tribal clashes between Arabs, non-Arabs claim 30 in Sudan

Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s South Darfur province left at least 30 people dead and a dozen wounded, authorities said Wednesday.The fighting poses a significant challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional government to end decades-long rebellions...

UN says Russian mercenaries helping Haftar in Libya war

Mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization seen as being close to Vladimir Putin, are fighting in Libya, UN diplomats said Wednesday, citing an experts' report on the country's arms embargo.It was the first time the UN...

Egypt army says blast in north Sinai killed or injured 10 soldiers

Egyptian army announced on Thursday that ten soldiers were either killed or wounded in a blast targeting an armoured vehicle in the restive northern Sinai.The attack occurred south the city of Bir al-Abed in the troubled North Sinai region,...

Hafter led forces declares ramadan cease-fire

Libya’s eastern-based forces will ceasefire for Ramadan, Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed Mismari confirmed on Wednesday, adding that the temporary truce came at the request of the international community and “friendly countries.”Both the LNA and the Tripoli-based Government...

Over 300 prison inmates in Morocco test positive for covid-19

Some 313 coronavirus cases have been reported in Moroccan jails following mass testing for Covid-19 in several of the north African country's detention centres.The authorities say Ouarzazate prison in central Morocco recorded 303 cases, while 10 other cases were...

Libya general Haftar says army to take formal control

Libya’s eastern-based military leader Khalifa Haftar said on Monday his Libyan National Army (LNA) was accepting a “popular mandate” to rule the country, apparently brushing aside the civilian authorities that nominally govern eastern Libya.Haftar, who launched a war a...
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