TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Explosions and fighting erupted in Libya’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least two people after the top air defense commander signaled support for a renegade general who is campaigning to dissolve parliament and wipe out Islamists.
It was not immediately clear who started the clashes, but government figures and Islamist groups in parliament – some of them with allied militias – have become increasingly alarmed by signs of growing support for General Khalifa Haftar. Forces he said were loyal to him stormed parliament on Sunday.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan authorities on Tuesday proposed a June national election as the government sought to resolve a standoff over parliament involving powerful brigades of former rebel fighters.
Libya’s General National Congress (GNC) is at the heart of the crisis after gunmen claiming loyalty to a renegade former general attacked the parliament with anti-aircraft cannons on Sunday and demanding its suspension.
ALGIERS/TRIPOLI, May 20 (Reuters) – When a dispute erupted
over dissolving Libya’s parliament last February, a former
general dressed in full army uniform made a surprise television
broadcast calling on the military to “rescue” the country.
Flanked by a Libyan flag and a large map, retired Major
General Khalifa Haftar demanded a caretaker government take over
from a parliament paralysed by rivalries after the 2011 war that
ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.
BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Libya, May 19 (Reuters) – The commander of
Libyan army special forces said on Monday he had allied with
renegade general Khalifa Haftar in his campaign against militant
Islamists, highlighting the failure of central government in
Tripoli to assert its authority.
The announcement gives a major boost to a campaign by
Haftar, who has been denounced by the Tripoli government as
attempting to stage a coup in the oil producer.
TRIPOLI, May 19 (Reuters) – A Libyan air force base in the
eastern city of Tobruk said on Monday it was allying itself with
a renegade general who has promised to purge the country of
A statement from the air base said its personnel wanted to
fight what it called extremists, echoing the rhetoric of General
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Heavily armed gunmen loyal to a renegade Libyan general stormed parliament on Sunday demanding its suspension and a handover of power to purge the North African country of Islamist militants.
Smoke rose over the General National Congress (GNC) after gunmen attacked and kidnapped ten staffers before withdrawing. Gunfire erupted across Tripoli, where rival militias clashed in some of the worst violence in the city since the end the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI, May 18 (Reuters) – Heavily armed gunmen stormed
Libya’s parliament with anti-aircraft weapons on Sunday in an
assault claimed by forces loyal to a renegade ex-general who has
vowed to purge the country of Islamist militants.
In a confusing, chaotic attack, heavy smoke rose from the
parliament building in Tripoli as gunmen clashed with guards. A
Reuters reporter said the attackers raided and left, and other
unknown gunmen later closed off nearby streets.
ABYAR/TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) – The self-declared Libyan National Army led by a renegade general told civilians on Saturday to leave parts of Benghazi before it launched a fresh attack on Islamist militants, a day after dozens were killed in the worst clashes in the city for months.
Families could be seen packing up and driving away from western districts of the port city where Islamist militants and LNA forces led by retired General Khalifa Haftar fought for hours on Friday.
ABYAR/TRIPOLI, Libya, May 17 (Reuters) – The self-declared
Libyan National Army led by a renegade general told civilians on
Saturday to leave parts of Benghazi before it launched a fresh
attack on Islamist militants, a day after dozens were killed in
the worst clashes in the city for months.
Families could be seen packing up and driving away from
western districts of the port city where Islamist militants and
LNA forces led by retired General Khalifa Haftar fought for
hours on Friday.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan government deal to reopen major oil ports controlled by rebels looks likely to unravel as the appointment of a new Islamist-backed prime minister fuels distrust that is eroding support for the accord.
Ahmed Maiteeq, a hotel entrepreneur in his 40s little known abroad, took office on Sunday as Libya’s third premier in just two months after a chaotic parliamentary vote. His government pledged on Thursday to uphold the deal on the ports.