cross-referenced news and research resources about

 Libyan municipalities (cities, towns and villages) logo
images:  google   yahoo YouTube

updated Sun. April 1, 2018

Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility on Friday for a suicide car bombing on Thursday in the eastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya, the militant group's news agency Amaq said on Friday. Over eight fighters from the self-styled army of Khalifa Haftar at the checkpoint in eastern Ajdabiya were killed and over ... car bomb attack
Two fighters were killed and others were injured in clashes in Ganfouda, western Benghazi between armed brigades loyal to Khalif Haftar-led forces. The fighting broke over a drugs dealer, sources from the city reported. The two killed fighters were from Ali Thimin Brigade whose fighters are accused ... Libya
ALGIERS, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Algeria on Saturday welcomed the reconciliation that just concluded between the two Libyan cities of Misrata and Zentan. The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said that this agreement is "a step in the right direction towards of national ... Libya

The municipality called on the Presidential Council to take the needed measures to make sure the mayor is released safe and sound. "Such acts are crimes that directly threaten the security of the capital in Libya and drags it into a conflict that could be easily avoided." The municipality's statement reads.
The mayor, the statement explained, had been abducted by unknown perpetrators who broke into his home in the city's Khallet al-Furjan district and taken him to an unknown location. The municipality called on Libya's Tripoli-based UN-backed unity government to take "all necessary measures" to ... capital gunmen
Zintan (Libya) (AFP) - Leaders of the two most heavily armed towns in western Libya met Wednesday for the first time since they fought for control of Tripoli four years ago, hailing the reconciliation talks "historic". The towns of Misrata and Zintan were among the first to rise up against the regime of dictator ... capital gunmen
ONCE considered the smartest hangout in town, the Benin Plaza motel in southern Nigeria's Benin City has seen better days. Its chalet-style rooms are normally empty, and the Moat Bar, which promises “groovy nights and exotic cocktails”, has fallen into disrepair. For the Plaza's recent influx of guests, ... capital gunmen
A general view taken on April 7, 2015 shows ruins at the archaeological site of the ancient Greek city of Cyrene at the Libyan eastern town of Shahat. ... Two Spanish art experts suspected of running a ring that sold antiques looted from archaeological sites in Libya by groups linked to the ISIS group have ... capital gunmen
Over the weekend, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted its first ever drone strike against Al-Qaeda militants in the southern Libya, killing two militants in the southern village of Ubari. The attack marks a new stage in the expansion of the American military offensive in Libya and northern Africa since ... capital gunmen
Washington (CNN) The US military conducted its first airstrike against al Qaeda in Libya Saturday, killing one of the group's leaders, according to US Africa ... "It's very very hard to plan some kind of operation that has a large effect when you have two to three guys in the Libyan desert," a Africa Command ... capital gunmen
The municipal council, military council and the social tribes' committee of Zintan city in Libya have expressed willingness to strike reconciliation with Misurata city. The councils and the committee issued a statement saying the reconciliation would settle down their differences, pointing out that the” leaders of ... capital gunmen
Until now, the Pentagon had focused its counterterrorism strikes in Libya almost exclusively on Islamic State fighters and operatives farther north — eight since President Trump took office. In 2016, the military conducted nearly 500 airstrikes in the coastal city of Surt over several months to destroy the Islamic ... capital gunmen
TRIPOLI, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The continuous violence in southern Libya between rival tribes is fuelled by foreign intervention seeking domination in the ... tribal elders and leaders, is the social umbrella that handles social and tribal peace reconciliation agreements between the cities of southern Libya. capital gunmen
In the section on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, the UN Libya Experts Forum report said that ''The situation of human rights ... Individuals arrested by armed groups loyal to the GNA in Tripoli and other cities in western Libya and southern Libya, are taken to the SDF detention ... capital gunmen

The sources said a group of fighters from Brigade 152 of Dignity Operation were on duty when the bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint, leaving at least three fighters wounded. A Sudanese national who was stopped by the guards prior to the explosion was also wounded, the ... capital gunmen
The fighting between groups close to ISIS and militias that fought under the banner of the Libyan National Army lasted more than three years. ... While a semblance of order has returned in city, allowing people like Ahmed to restart a fragile business, more than 40% of Benghazi's infrastructure and buildings ... capital gunmen
Benghazi - A military spokesperson says a car bomb explosion has killed at least three security personnel at a checkpoint south of the northeastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya. Faisal Ahbale said Friday's attack took place at the town's southern entrance. No group immediately claimed responsibility but Ahbale ... capital gunmen
26, 2017, between representatives of Misrata and Tawergha, under the auspices of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA). It called for the Tawergha people to be permitted to return to their hometown from various camps in Benghazi, Tripoli, Bani Walid, ... capital gunmen
It took several months of fighting for Libyan militias to retake the city of Sirte from Daesh. But the historic city is now devastated and only a portion of its former residents have managed to return. Damaged buildings ... The battle to retake the Libyan city of Sirte over a year ago tore the city apart. Sirte was once ... capital gunmen
Libyan Organization for Human Rights (LOHR) rejected the repetitive visits of western ambassadors to Libyan cities, especially to Benghazi. In a statement on Saturday, the LOHR said it is flowing up on the movement of ambassadors of western countries in Libya, especially Britain, France and Italy, and the ... capital gunmen
Janzour municipality condemned the "indifference and inaction" of the Presidential Council toward the attack by the Special Deterrent Force (SDF) on Sahara ... Fursan Janzour Brigade closed the coastal road that links Tripoli to cities and districts westward due to clashes with Tribes Army fighters from one ... capital gunmen
TRIPOLI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters extinguished a fire on Monday at an exploded fuel pipeline in Zawiya, a city which is some 45 km west of the Libyan capital Tripoli. "As a result of leveling work of a farmer in Jodaim area in Zawiya, the 16-inch pipeline between oil storage depots of Zawiya and ... capital gunmen
TRIPOLI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Two civilians were killed and another was injured in the armed clashes between tribes in the southern Libyan city of Sabha, the country's National Human Rights Commission confirmed Monday. "The National Committee is concerned about the resumption of armed clashes and ... capital gunmen
After a protracted military campaign in Libya's second city, Benghazi, he has promised to “liberate” the capital Tripoli, split from the east since 2014. ... Gaddafi when he seized power from King Idris in 1969, Haftar was disowned by Gaddafi after he was captured leading Libyan forces in Chad in 1987. capital gunmen
Yet the British government, which cracked down on British citizens who went out to fight in Syria or Iraq, looked the other way at those who went out to fight in Libya. One U.K. citizen of Libyan descent, who had been under house arrest due to concerns that he might join violent extremists in Iraq, said he was ... capital gunmen
Libya's south and mainly its main city, Sabha, have been over the last five days under attacks targeting Libyan army locations, revealed Sabha's mayor ... is half-occupied and some Sabha areas are occupied by foreign forces from Sudan, Chad and other countries, why is the Libyan army silent about this? capital gunmen
A last-minute breakdown in a deal to allow their return has left them stranded, within sight of the palm trees of their home town of Tawergha east of the Libyan capital Tripoli and 40 kilometres from the rival town of Misrata. Armed groups from Misrata expelled Tawergha's residents after accusing them of ... capital gunmen
The toll was one of the highest from a single attack since Libya slid into turmoil after the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Benghazi is controlled by the Libyan National Army, which is led by powerful eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar and was battling Islamists and other opponents in ... capital gunmen
Most armed groups involved in human smuggling and trafficking in Libya have links to the country's official security institutions, sanctions experts said in a ... The migrants paid $300 each to the SDF and were sent to another Libyan city where they were loaded on boats for Europe "against their will" the ... capital gunmen
7 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday launched a program to support the Libyan Ministry of Justice and Ministry of ... With armed groups controlling towns and cities in eastern Libya, the country's law enforcement institutions are faced with huge challenges to ... capital gunmen
Ghassan Salame on Wednesday confirmed that weapons continue to enter Libya in the absence of a unified Libyan authority protecting the borders. ... his remarks following an expanded meeting with representatives of political and security elites of southern Libya to discuss problems facing their cities, ... capital gunmen
A Libyan commander, sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the alleged summary execution of dozens of people, has handed himself in to a military command in eastern Libya. Mahmoud al-Werfalli's move on Wednesday came as a result of the ICC's pressure on General Khalifa Haftar - his ... capital gunmen
6 (Xinhua) -- Stefano Chammen is a 27-year-old illegal immigrant from Eritrea, who is now in the Al-Hamra refugee center in Gharyan city, some 75 km south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. He recently told Xinhua about his difficult and risky trip, which took him more than a year to reach Libya's Sabratha coast, ... capital gunmen
A Libyan woman displaced from the town of Tawergha stands at a camp in Tripoli, Libya, February 5, 2018. Picture taken ... in eastern Libya. Towns and cities are largely carved up between militia groups, many of which draw salaries from the state but answer only loosely at best to either government. capital gunmen
Illegal migrants are gathered in the Libyan city of Benghazi, before being repatriated, on Jan. 2, 2018: (Abdullah ... The confidential report sent to the UN Security Council also said the Daesh group is seeking to join migrant smugglers in southern Libya after it was pushed out of Sirte in 2016. “Human ... capital gunmen
Tripoli - Libya's UN-backed government on Monday accused gunmen of "terrorising" thousands of displaced after armed groups opened fire at them to prevent them from returning to their town. The displaced people are from Tawergha, a town that backed veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi during the 2011 ... capital gunmen
TRIPOLI: More than six years after they were forced to leave their homes in the civil war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, tens of thousands of residents of the Libyan ghost city of Tawergha were finally meant to start going home last week. It never happened. Armed groups blocked the road, shattering the ... capital gunmen
Joshua left the city for her aunt's house in Ilorin, a central state in Nigeria, to escape Lagos' high cost of living and to search for employment opportunities. But her luck did not ... to Agadez in Niger. Thousands of Nigerians then set off through the Sahara desert for Libya from Agadez on open cargo vehicles. capital gunmen
Local media also reported Libyan Relief Authority's sources as saying that gunmen driving armed vehicles stormed into the camp and fired gunshots in the ... Libya set up a makeshift camp in the open in Garart Al-Gatef area after their return was hindered, despite the fact that Bani Walid municipality tried to ... capital gunmen
In Derna, 250 kilometres east of Benghazi, the bodies of three people who appeared to have been summarily killed were found dumped in the city on Thursday, medical sources said. “UNSMIL is appalled by new reports of retribution killings in Libya,” the U.N.'s Libya mission, UNSMIL, said on its Twitter ... capital gunmen
The International Criminal Court has condemned a horrific bombing outside a mosque in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi and subsequent revenge ... the bombing of a mosque in eastern Libya's Benghazi this week and the subsequent revenge killings by a militia leader in control of the city, hours later. capital gunmen
It is the latest in a string of reports of torture endured by refugees and migrants who pass through Libya on their dangerous journey north to Europe. ... On Wednesday, they published on Facebook pictures of eight Sudanese hostages released from a kidnapping gang in the central Libyan city of Sirte that the ... capital gunmen
TRIPOLI, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Libyan eastern-based army air force on Saturday attacked terrorist sites in the eastern city of Derna. "The air force targeted sites and observatories of terrorist groups in Bukhtal farms in southern Derna." Media office of the Libyan army's Omar al-Mukhtar unit said in a statement. capital gunmen
The eastern Libyan city of Derna continues to be affected by a tightened military encirclement. Since REACH latest rapid situation overview, supplies to markets, banks and health facilities have been largely impeded, leading to further deterioration of the humanitarian situation for the populations remaining ... capital gunmen
It controlled nearly 125 miles of the Libyan coast. The group also expanded to the town of Abu Grein, located to the south of Sirte, and occupied the towns of Nawfliyah and Bin Jawad, which are about 25 miles from Libya's main two oil terminals. In June 2015, Libyan forces ousted ISIS from the city of Derna, ... capital gunmen
Libya has been marred by violent chaos ever since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. Political power has since split between two rival governments, in Tobruk and Tripoli. Each is supported by rival militias: the Libyan National Army, under the leadership of General Khalifa Haftar, backs the Tobruk-based House of ... capital gunmen
Its publicity material makes claims of a link with slavery in Libya and promises that the protests outside the embassies would end the scourge. Speaking to ... Initially they represented the Libya Dawn coalition which included Islamists, the city-state of Misrata, and several other western cities.” Olivier Guitta ... capital gunmen


news and opinion



        beni walid
        bou hadi
        ras lanouf


cross-references for

Libyan cities