Latest Khalifa Hifter News

Turkish parliament backs contentious deal with Libya

Dec. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a controversial deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-supported government. Legislators approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the...

Libyan officials collect evidence of Russian fighters in war

Dec. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war. Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a...

Libya health ministry: Airstrike in Tripoli kills 4 children

Dec. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike that hit a civilian area in a southern neighborhood of the Libyan capital killed at least four children, the country’s health ministry said Monday. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter,...

UN tries to cut numbers at EU-funded migrant center in Libya

Nov. 30, 2019 11:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency plans to cut the number of migrants staying at an overcrowded transit center in Libya’s capital, a spokesman said Saturday. Libya is a major waypoint for migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East to Europe. “The situation is very...

Libya’s eastern parliament condemns deal with Turkey

Nov. 28, 2019 10:28 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern parliament denounced Thursday a maritime and security cooperation deal between the Tripoli-based U.N.-backed government and Turkey as a “flagrant breach” of the country’s security and sovereignty. This parliament is allied with the self-styled Libyan...

Clashes halt production at Libyan oil field

Nov. 27, 2019 1:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Libyan national oil company says it has suspended operations at a key oil field due to fighting between armed factions. In a statement Wednesday, company chairman Mustafa Sanalla declared the El-Fil oil field nonoperational after clashes erupted and militants allied with the U.N.-supported...

Egypt sentences high-profile Islamist militant to death

Nov. 27, 2019 11:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced one of the country’s most high-profile militants to death Wednesday for his participation in scores of attacks on government targets. The military court said in a statement that it convicted Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former special forces officer turned Islamist...

Libyan officials say US drone shot down by mistake

Nov. 25, 2019 8:03 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan forces trying to seize Tripoli shot down a U.S. military drone over the capital by mistake last week, officials said Monday. The U.S. military said it lost the drone Thursday while it was assessing the security situation and monitoring extremist activity. U.S. Africa Command declined to...

Libya’s coast guard intercepts more than 430 migrants

Nov. 23, 2019 1:13 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted more than 430 Europe-bound migrants this week, including a pregnant woman who gave birth to a baby girl on a boat off the war-torn country’s Mediterranean coast, the guard said Saturday. Four boats carrying 284 migrants were intercepted in separate...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 7 workers in Tripoli

Nov. 18, 2019 7:16 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a biscuit factory in Libya’s capital Monday killing at least seven workers, including five foreign nationals and two Libyans, health authorities said, in what the U.N. envoy to Libya said could be a war crime. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April...