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.
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.
TRIPOLI, July 9 (Reuters) – Libya’s oil industry hopes life
will return to normal now that a wave of protests has ebbed, but
it will take months to ramp up production and more unrest is in
prospect as political chaos spreads in the North African
A group of eastern rebels agreed last week to clear two
major ports they had seized almost a year ago in a drive for
TRIPOLI, July 8 (Reuters) – Libya’s oil sector took another
big step back to normality with the restarting of an oilfield
that could double its current meagre crude output, a week after
blockades ended at major ports.
The 340,000 barrels per day El Sharara oilfield has resumed
operations after protesters ended a four month strike, state-run
National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Tuesday,
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) – Less than a third of Libyan voters had gone to the polls by late afternoon on Wednesday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by violence.
At least five people were killed in heavy clashes between Islamists and government forces in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical sources said, as turmoil continued to grow in the wake of the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.
TRIPOLI, June 25 (Reuters) – Libyans vote for a new
parliament on Wednesday, an election officials hope will ease
the chaos that has gripped the OPEC oil producer since the fall
of Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.
Marking another step in its transition after decades of
one-man rule, Libya is set to hold the vote as the North African
country is slipping deeper into turmoil after a renegade former
army general launched a campaign against Islamist militants in
BANI WALID Libya (Reuters) – Damaged ancient columns, smashed glass display cases and a visitors book from 1999 are pretty much what’s left from the historic museum in the Libyan city of Bani Walid.
Once a European tourist destination, the museum was occupied by militia fighters from different cities who smeared slogans on its walls when they seized the former bastion of Muammar Gaddafi during heavy fighting in 2011 and 2012.
TRIPOLI, June 22 (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament approved the
overdue 2014 budget worth $47 billion on Sunday, drawing on
reserves to offset a dramatic loss of oil revenue after almost a
year of protests at major ports.
The North African country is in turmoil as the government
struggles to control militias who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in
2011 but now defy the state and seize oil facilities at will.
TRIPOLI, June 18 (Reuters) – Libya condemned the United
States on Wednesday for snatching a man suspected of
masterminding the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in
Benghazi, describing the arrest as a violation of Libyan
President Barack Obama authorised Sunday’s operation in
which U.S. special forces captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah in Libya
for transfer to the United States.
GHAT Libya (Reuters) – Abdulkabir and five of his friends, all from Niger, walked for hours over rocky hills and sandy paths to cross into southern Libya, without meeting a single border guard. Safely over the border, they now feel no need to hide.
Libya’s southwestern tip in the Sahara bordering Algeria and Niger has become an open door for illegal migrants from sub-Saharan countries heading for Europe, with the chaotic government in Tripoli appearing to have abandoned all control.