Fuel smuggling is costing Libya more than $750 million each year and harming its economy and society, the head of the National Oil Company in the conflict-riddled country said.
Each year, thousands of African migrants depart Libya in rickety boats and risk their lives seeking better opportunities in Europe. Many other migrants remain in the North African country, drawn by opportunities but also subjected to mistreatment at the hands of smugglers and traffickers.
As Libya’s war economy persists, prospects for the restoration of functioning central governance become more distant, concluded a Chatham House report published today.
A delegation from Misrata city arrived Wednesday in Zintan city in order to settle down the two cities’ disagreements and agree on inclusive reconciliation.
Two Spanish art experts suspected of running a ring that sold antiques looted from archaeological sites in Libya by groups linked to the ISIS group have been arrested, police said Wednesday.
Libya’s head of investigations in the Attorney General’s office has said fuel smuggling is being carried out by a network of organised crime linking Europe to Libya.
The first court hearing for the five foreigners accused of smuggling Libyan fuel was postponed to the first of April.
Libyan Human Rights Solidarity (HRS) issued a report Saturday documenting kidnap and murder cases of political and criminal backgrounds during 2017, based on official and media reports.
Libya’s navy has seized an oil tanker suspected of illegally loading fuel and arrested its Greek crew, a navy spokesman said on Thursday.
Human rights groups have criticised a deal between Italy and Libya aimed at curbing migration. They say it has led to even more appalling conditions for people hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea.