Latest Tripoli 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...

500 refugees trapped in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

Sep. 10, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union. The deal comes after repeated allegations of dire conditions for migrants in Libya's detention centers, including beatings and other abuses,...

Hungarian journalist wounded in fighting in Libyan capital

Sep. 10, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hungary's foreign ministry says a Hungarian journalist has been wounded in clashes between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Tamas Merczel, a ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday that photojournalist Gergely Szabo was hurt in a bombing in Tripoli on Saturday and was taken to a...

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...

Libya closes Tripoli's only functional airport after attack

Sep. 2, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's airport authorities say they have closed the only functional airport in the capital, Tripoli, a day after it was hit by shelling amid clashes between rival armed groups fighting for control of the city. Nasr al-Din Shaab el-Ain, the head of Tripoli's civil aviation authority, said...

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,...

UN agency: Rival tribes clash in southern Libya; 90 killed

Aug. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 90 people have died this month in southern Libya amid fighting between rival tribes. The fighting pits the Arab Alzway tribe against the sub-Saharan African Tabu tribe that inhabits a wide area stretching across Chad, Libya, Sudan and Niger and that...

Libya's coast guard intercepts 57 Europe-bound migrants

Aug. 18, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it intercepted 57 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says that a wooden boat carrying 53 Ethiopian migrants, including 17 women and nine children, and four Egyptian migrants was stopped on Saturday off the coastal town...

UN blasts Libyan force's strikes on airport west of Tripoli

Aug. 18, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. mission in Libya has condemned airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army on a militia-run airport west of the capital, Tripoli, saying the facility had no military targets. Last week, the Libyan force under commander Khalifa Hiftar said it bombed the Zuwara airport because it...