Latest Khalifa Hifter News

Libyan self-styled army says 3 fighters killed near Tripoli

Sep. 14, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army says three of its forces, including two commanders, were killed in a drone attack by militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government. It says the attack took place Friday in the town of Tarhuna, around 88 kilometers (55 miles) southeast...

UN envoy urges key nations to call for end to Libya conflict

Sep. 4, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to war-torn Libya said Wednesday he has launched "an intensive campaign" for an international conference to deliver a message that the offensive launched five months ago by a rebel commander must end. Ghassan Salame warned the Security Council that unless key regional...

UN says 40 migrants feared drowned in capsizing off Libya

Aug. 27, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying dozens of migrants bound for Europe capsized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, with at least 40 people missing and presumed drowned, U.N. officials said, as a support group reported it had gotten a call from someone on the vessel "crying and shouting" that passengers...

Libyan self-styled army pushes to take key town near Tripoli

Aug. 27, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army says it has been advancing to retake a strategic town near Tripoli from militias allied with a U.N.-supported but weak government based in the country's capital. The force, led by Khalifa Hifter, says it advanced to wrest control of Gharyan late on Monday,...

Rights group demands safe return of abducted Libyan lawmaker

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging authorities in eastern Libya to exert "all possible efforts" to ensure the safe return of a female lawmaker abducted from her home last month by armed men. The lawmaker, Seham Sergewa, is a prominent critic of Khalifa Hifter, whose forces are now fighting to take...

UN: Over 37 health-related attacks in Libya since offensive

Aug. 15, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 37 attacks have been reported against health workers, health facilities and ambulances in Libya since the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in early April to capture the capital of Tripoli, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N....

Libya officials: Fighting around Tripoli resumes, truce over

Aug. 13, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighting around Tripoli resumed overnight, following a two-day truce observed during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Libyan officials said Tuesday. The two-day cease-fire — proposed by the U.N. — was the first since the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander...

UN: Car bomb kills 3 UN staff outside mall in Libya

Aug. 10, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

BENGHZI, Libya (AP) — A bomb-laden vehicle exploded Saturday outside a shopping mall in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least three U.N. staff members, a spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general said. The attack came even as the country's warring sides said they accepted a cease-fire...

UNHCR says Tripoli fighting displaced over 105,000 Libyans

Aug. 9, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says fighting over Libya's capital of Tripoli has displaced more than 105,000 people since April, when a Libyan commander launched an offensive to take the city from the U.N.-backed government. The UNHCR tweeted on Friday that its relief aid could only reach about 2,200...

Libya says largest oilfield closed, second time in 10 days

Jul. 31, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company says it has suspended operations at the country's largest oil field following the closure of a pipeline valve, the second halt in just over a week. Wednesday's statement by the National Oil Corporation says an unidentified group on Tuesday closed the pipeline...