Libyan plane hijackers surrender in Malta

Libyan plane hijackers surrender in Malta

A hostage drama at the Malta International Airport ended Friday when hijackers, who diverted a Libyan passenger plane with 118 people on board, surrendered after releasing all passengers and crew. The hijackers had been searched and taken into custody, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Twitter hours after an Afriqiyah Airways plane landed in […]

Italy leads rescue of more than 6,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Italy leads rescue of more than 6,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Italy’s coastguard said nine corpses were recovered in operations in which 6,055 people were rescued off Libya Monday, three years to the day after 366 people died in the sinking that first alerted the world to the Mediterranean migrant crisis. In a poignant reminder of the ongoing drama being played out on Europe ‘s southern […]

Around 6,500 migrants saved off Libyan coast

Around 6,500 migrants saved off Libyan coast

Italian naval ships and vessels from aid organizations on Monday rescued up to 6,500 Europe-bound migrants off the coast of Libya, according to Italy’s coastguard. The mass rescue in the Mediterranean comes amid the latest surge in migrants who are desperately attempting to flee poverty, political repression and war in their home countries. Nearly 4,000 […]

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

  Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State (IS) group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold. The battle for the hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based […]

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they had made major advances on Wednesday, capturing a convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadist group, as well as the city’s university and hospital. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou (convention) complex – they even […]