For weeks, rival Libyan militias had been pounding one another’s positions with artillery, mortar rounds and rockets in a desperate fight to control the international airport in the capital, Tripoli. Then suddenly, early Saturday morning, the fighting just stopped.
British, U.S. diplomats out of Libya as militia fighting rages By Alan Duke, CNN
Several Western embassies, including those of Britain and the United States, were evacuated over the weekend as heavy militia violence raged in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Joint Statement by Special Envoys for Libya
The Special Envoys for Libya of the Arab League, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States met with the UN in Brussels on 24 July to discuss recent developments in Libya and issued the following Statement:
Libyan bloggers urge loyalty to the homeland
The Libyan blogosphere blames tribal divisions for the persistent violence.
Egypt border guards arrest 157 illegal migrants near Libya
The arrest took place near Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh and included six Sudanese
Libya: Security Council condemns ongoing violence and its use to pursue political gains
23 July 2014 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals.
The countries of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have issued the following statement:
Libya is undergoing severe stresses as it strives to establish the foundations of a modern democratic state against challenges to its security, ongoing violence, and institutional weakness. The current conflict over Tripoli International Airport is further increasing division and mistrust among Libyans and undermining efforts to establish security and institutional …
Foreign Affairs Minister Urges 15-Member Body To Take Situation Seriously ‘before It Is Too Late’
Fighting between rival brigades in Libya’s capital and airport represented a sharp escalation that had forced withdrawal of United Nations staff and was threatening the country’s political transition, the world Organization’s top envoy to the country told the Security Council this morning.
Filipino worker beheaded in Libya
Philippine government orders its 13,000 nationals to leave country
FOR many Libyans the most alarming aspect of the ongoing fighting between militias for control of Tripoli international airport in the capital and renewed clashes in the second city, Benghazi, is the total absence of government security forces. Every week a new batch of soldiers, border guards or policemen, often …