As Libya spirals into chaos, refugees expelled from their hometown in 2011 see a glimmer of hope
Fierce militia fighting in Tripoli which began this morning at around 9.30 died down at around four in the afternoon. Most of the activity appears to have been in the Hay Akwakh district where there are unconfirmed reports that Dawn forces used tanks and self-propelled howitzers.
After calls by Libya’s parliament for foreign intervention to stabilise the near state of anarchy, new protests broke out, deepening the polarisation, writes Kamel Abdallah
Amid renewed fighting in Gaza, a militant land grab in Iraq, a pseudo-war between Russia and Ukraine, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Libya is coming apart at the seams too. Not that many seem to notice.
Justice Minister Salah Maraghny condemned the “aimless nightly destructive fighting that has no winners” that is taking place in western and eastern Libya.
The Tripoli airport siege led to the disappearance of several commercial planes. Now countries on both shores of the Mediterranean are worried about how the missing aircraft might be used by terrorists.
While Sudanese have been leaving Libya via Kufra, there are widespread reports today in the south-eastern town that hundreds of Sudanese mercenaries arrived by plane at the airport en route to Benghazi. They are said to be going to fight alongside Ansar Al-Sharia against Operation Dawn forces.
Although the West also worries about the consequences of Libya becoming a failed state in which militias roam at will, intervention in multi-sided wars presents difficulties
The Shura Council of Islamic Youth in Derna has killed an Egyptian man it accused of murder in what is reportedly the second public execution carried out by the group in the town.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) deprecates the closure of Libya Al-Wataniya and Libya Al-Rasmia channels on Tuesday, August 19, following the authorities’ request from the Nilesat to halt transmission of them, as they are being taken over by the Islamists.