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Libya’s Hifter launches operation to retake opposition stronghold

Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), announced May 8 the start of a military operation to take Derna in northeastern Benghazi. This military operation has long been expected, as coastal Derna is the last remaining major town in eastern Libya that has not fallen to Hifter’s forces, which are backed …

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Tebu seem to gain upper hand on Awlad Sulieman in latest Sebha fighting

In a swift attack early Saturday morning, Tebu militias took over Sebha’s historic castle from the 6th Infantry brigade, pushing out rival fighters formed mainly from the Awlad Sulieman tribe. The castle had been acting as the 6th Infantry brigade’s headquarters who are currently aligned with the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan …

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Libya: Battle for City Endangers Civilians

Forces under Gen. Khalifa Hiftar have started a land and air operation to wrest the eastern city of Derna from an alliance of militant armed groups, Human Rights Watch said today. All parties to the conflict are obligated to respect the laws of war and spare civilians and civilian infrastructure.

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Tribal fighting for Sabha citadel leaves over 30 casualties in Libya’s south

Rival tribes in Libya’s southern city, Sabha, fought for the control of an ancient hilltop citadel that overlooks Sebha, a region known for its smuggling routes, since late Friday and the fighting got intense on Saturday with Tubu tribesmen announcing taking control of Awald Sulaiman tribesn’s locations.

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Tubu tribe fighters seize several vital areas in Libya’s Sabha as rivals pull out

Tubu armed groups in Sabha seized Sunday Sabha castle and the positions of Sixth Brigade Infantry around it. The head of the social commission of Tubu tribe, Hassan Shacki denied withdrawing from the locations they controlled on Saturday in the city – southern Libya – saying they now have their …

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International Group to sue two UN envoys to Libya at the ICC

International Group for Libya said Saturday it will lodge a lawsuit against UN envoy Ghassan Salame and the former envoy Bernardino Leon at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over violations leading to delaying Libyan political process.

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US rejects France’s push for elections in Libya

A high-ranking western source disclosed to Ean Libya that a meeting was held in London last week and was attended by US, French. Italian and British delegates in addition to the UN delegate to Libya, Ghassan Salame, and UAE as well as Egyptian delegates, to discuss Libyan issues.

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