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Aug 26, 2014

Rival second Libyan assembly chooses own PM as chaos spreads

BENGHAZI Libya/CAIRO (Reuters) – The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.

As political unrest mounted, U.S. officials said two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in the capital, Tripoli, were the work of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Aug 25, 2014

Libya seeks foreign help for oilfields as rockets fired at airport

CAIRO/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libya wants the international community to help protect its oilfields, airports and other state assets as it is too weak to stop armed groups fighting for control, its ambassador in Cairo said on Monday.

The plea came as attackers fired Grad rockets at Labraq airport in eastern Libya, targeting one of the country’s few functioning air hubs as violence between armed factions escalates three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 19, 2014

Libya NOC loads 1st oil in a year from Es Sider port

LONDON/TRIPOLI, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Libya is due to start
loading its first crude oil tanker from top port Es Sider on
Tuesday following a year-long blockade by eastern federalists, a
Libyan oil official and trading sources said.

The country’s oil industry is making a modest comeback,
restarting production and exports even while Tripoli has become
a battleground for rival armed factions amid the worst violence
since the 2011 civil war.

Jul 18, 2014

Libyan militia says ceasefire reached to end airport battle

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan militia battling a rival armed group over control of the country’s biggest airport is ready for a peaceful solution after five days of heavy fighting, a spokesman said on Thursday, hours after shells hit the terminal building.

The news, if confirmed by the rival militia, would be a huge relief for Libyan citizens who were stunned after two armed groups turned Tripoli International Airport into a battlefield.

Jul 16, 2014

Libya’s oil exports stutter, major eastern ports await restart

TRIPOLI/LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Libya will not be able
to export oil through its two largest eastern ports before
August, due to safety checks after a near year-long closure, a
senior oil official said on Wednesday.

The latest twist in a spiral of violence also casts a shadow
over the vital deal two weeks ago to end the eastern blockade by
federalist protesters of the last two facilities they held.

Jul 16, 2014

Libyan militia tighten control of Tripoli airport

TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) – Libyan militia fighters with anti aircraft guns and mortars fanned out on Tuesday across Tripoli’s airport, transformed into a battlefield by two days of fighting that has cut the Libyan capital off from the outside world.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was working to help end to violence that has brought the north African country to the edge of chaos three years after the uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Jul 15, 2014

Tripoli airport becomes Libya’s new frontline between rival militias

TRIPOLI, July 15 (Reuters) – First, there is a single shot.
Then Libyan fighters empty their anti-aircraft guns as others
crouch for cover at Tripoli International Airport.

Until Saturday night, the airport was a hub for Libyans
coming home for the Muslim fasting month and expatriates going
on vacation. Now, Libya’s main airport has turned into a
battlefield between rival militias, a sign of anarchy in the oil
producer.

Jul 15, 2014

Libyan militia tighten control of Tripoli airport after battle

TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) – Libyan militia fighters with anti aircraft guns and mortars fanned out on Tuesday across Tripoli’s airport, transformed into a battlefield by two days of fighting that has cut the Libyan capital off from the outside world.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was working to help end to violence that has brought the north African country to the edge of chaos three years after the uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Jul 15, 2014

Militia shells Tripoli airport, U.N. pulls staff out of Libya

TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) – A militia shelled Tripoli airport, destroying 90 percent of planes parked there, a Libyan government spokesman said, as heavy fighting between armed groups prompted the United Nations to pull its staff out of the North African country.

At least 15 people have been killed in clashes in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi since Sunday, and a Libyan official said several Grad rockets hit the Tripoli International Airport on Monday, damaging the control tower.

Jul 15, 2014

Kerry calls for halt to “dangerous” Libya violence

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry on Tuesday called for a halt to “dangerous” levels of
violence in Libya after militia clashes in Tripoli closed the
country’s main airport, destroyed most planes parked there, and
prompted the United Nations to evacuate its staff.

In some of the worst violence in months, at least 15 people
have been killed in clashes in Tripoli and the eastern city of
Benghazi since Sunday, and a Libyan official said several Grad
rockets hit the Tripoli International Airport on Monday,
damaging the control tower.

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