Hundreds of migrants die in two shipwrecks off Libya

Hundreds of migrants die in two shipwrecks off Libya

At least 239 migrants, believed to be from West Africa, have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a spokesman for the United Nations migration agency, said on Thursday. One group of migrants, including about 20 women and six children, set off in a rubber dinghy from Libya around 3 am on Wednesday, but their boat […]

Suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 in Libya’s Benghazi

Suicide bomb attack kills at least 15 in Libya’s Benghazi

“There were 15 martyrs and more than 30 wounded in the suicide bombing at Al-Guwarsha” in western Benghazi, the military official said. The blast occurred in a residential area of the Guwarsha district, the scene of recent fighting between security forces loyal to Libya’s eastern government and an alliance of Islamists and others. The alliance, […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US warplanes carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time on Monday, the Pentagon and Libya’s unity government announced. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

“The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said in a televised speech, using an Arabic term to refer to the IS group. In Washington, the Pentagon said the raids were launched in response to a request from […]

Libya government forces seize key sector of IS group stronghold

Libya government forces seize key sector of IS group stronghold

Libyan pro-unity government forces said they seized a key central district of the Islamic State jihadist group’s coastal bastion of Sirte on Friday. Fighters allied to the Government of National Accord took control of a residential area called the “700 housing units” near Ibn Sina hospital and the city’s Ouagadougou conference centre, the GNA’s forces […]

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

The Islamic State group carried out three suicide car bombings Sunday against forces allied with Libya’s unity government battling to retake the city of Sirte, an official said. “Three explosions from cars driven by Islamic State suicide bombers targeted our forces in Sirte,” Rida Issa, a spokesman for the unity government’s forces, told AFP. “There […]