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Libya war leaves thousands homeless in Tripoli

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The Libyan government is unable to find shelter for all the displaced, leaving many at the mercy of avaricious lenders

HOMES LOST. In central Tripoli, the grey skeletons of a highrise construction site  abandoned since 2008 due to a property dispute, now host more than 170 families. Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Over 120 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Libya fighting – WHO

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The World Health Organization denounces 'repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles' during the fighting which erupted on April 4

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Libya rivals agree to hold polls – U.N.

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011

ISIS suicide bombings target Libya pro-govt forces in Sirte

Jun 12, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The loss of Sirte would be a major blow to ISIS at a time when it is under mounting pressure in Syria and Iraq

BOMB ATTACKS. The site of a car bomb that targeted a security post, Misrata, 200km east of Tripoli, Libya, 13 April 2016. According to reports a security guard is dead and four are wounded. Photo from EPA

Libyan forces 'retake port' in jihadist bastion Sirte

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The fall of Sirte the hometown of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi is considered a major setback to the extremists who have also lost territory in Syria and Iraq where they have declared an Islamic caliphate

STRONGHOLD.  Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government stand next to an Islamic State (ISIS) group flag in Sirte's center as they advance to recapture the city from the jihadists on June 10, 2016. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Del Rosario: Filipino 'Moses' in the world's danger zones

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Albert del Rosario 76 formally steps down as the Philippines top diplomat after helping save thousands of OFWs and even bringing China to court

ICON OF DIPLOMACY. Albert del Rosario, 76, formally steps down as the Philippines' foreign affairs chief on March 7, 2016, after 5 years in service. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

UN probe decries 'war crimes' by all sides in Libya chaos

Feb 25, 2016 - 5:35 PM

United Nations investigators report widespread and horrific torture by different factions

epa05091750 Security officers and people walk next damaged cars at the site where a truck bomb exploded at a police camp in the north-western coastal city of Zliten, Libya, 07 January 2016. At least 70 people were killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing that occurred when a truck, packed with explosives, crashed into the gate of the camp where a crowd of policemen were gathering in the morning. Most of the casualties are believed to be policemen. EPA/STRINGER

Filipino killed, 5 wounded in Libya attack

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:11 AM

Three other Filipino oil workers are reportedly wounded in a Sunday attack on Zawiya

WOUNDED. Irine Acosta, the wife of one of the Filipino oil workers injured in a rocket attack in Zawiya, 40 kilometers west of Tripoli, stands next to her husband's bed, the day after the incident, at a hospital in the coastal town where he is receiving treatment on March 30, 2015. A Filipino oil worker was killed and five others were wounded in the attack, a Libyan security source said.

New Libya parliament meets amid ongoing violence

Aug 02, 2014 - 10:43 PM

Libya s new nationalist dominated parliament held its first meeting Saturday boycotted by Islamists in a sign of deep divisions still plaguing a violence racked country from which thousands are fleeing

TOTAL COLLAPSE. Libyans take part in a demonstration in the capital Tripoli on July 31 calling for international intervention to protect civilians. Tripoli warns of a

Philippine workers return home from Libya

Aug 02, 2014 - 9:51 PM

The 21 Filipinos red eyed and weary from lack of sleep and a long journey arrive in Manila Saturday The gov t says only about 800 have returned to the Philippines

HOME. Filipino workers arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on August 2, after leaving strife-torn Libya. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

PH to citizens: Exit points in Libya ‘quickly diminishing’

Aug 02, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario makes an urgent appeal for Filipinos in Libya to flee now when they still can under the government s mandatory evacuation program

Libya airport battle 'has killed at least 97'

Jul 27, 2014 - 11:56 PM

Foreign nations urge their citizens to leave the city

WRECKAGE. A Libyan man walks past the wreckage of car in the residential district of Regata, west of the capital Tripoli, on July 6, 2014 after several cars and buildings were damaged during clashes. Photo by Mahmud Turkia / Agence France-Presse

Benghazi security chief assassinated

Nov 21, 2012 - 11:32 AM

The security chief in Benghazi was assassinated Tuesday

2 ex-Navy SEALs among 4 dead in Libya attack

Sep 14, 2012 - 7:28 AM

UPDATED Two ex Navy SEALs killed in Libya attack