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Trump Speaks on Phone with Haftar

By John Lee. The White House has confirmed that US President Donald Trump spoke on Monday with Gen. Khalifa Haftar [Hiftar]. It said in a statement on Friday: “President Donald J. Trump spoke on April 15, 2019, with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to discuss ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability […]

Tripoli Interior Ministry “stops dealing with France”

By John Lee. The interior minister in Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has told ministry officials to “stop dealing with France” due to the latter’s support for renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, Anadolu reports. Early this month, Haftar, who is affiliated with a rival government based in the country’s east, launched a military campaign […]

UN Condemns Shelling of Residential Neighbourhood

SRSG Ghassan Salame: Heavy shelling of residential neighbourhood, killing innocent people is as blatant violation of international laws Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame condemns in the strongest terms the overnight heavy rocket shelling on the high-density residential neighbourhood of Abu Slim in Tripoli which resulted in scores of civilian deaths and injuries. […]

Tripoli Death Toll Rises Further

By John Lee. At least 174 people have been killed and 756 wounded since Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) launched its offensive Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA)’s Interior Ministry spokesman, Colonel Mabrouk Abdel Hafiz (pictured), said on Monday that an emergency room has […]

Weekly Security Report from Whispering Bell

Advertising Feature Whispering Bell produces a 7-10 page report that covers the past week of political, security, and economic events that occurred within Libya, comprehensive data/risk collection, maps for country-wide security events, and includes forward-looking analysis on the political and security situation over the coming weeks. Please click here to download an edited version of […]

18,000 People Displaced by Fighting

Highlights Forty-eight civilian casualties have been confirmed since the start of current hostilities, including 13 civilian deaths. Civilian casualties and displacement are expected to increase further given the continued use of air strikes and heavy artillery. Over 18,000 people have now been displaced by ongoing hostilities, according to IOM displacement tracking. Over 2,500 were displaced […]

EU calls for Withdrawal of Forces from Tripoli

Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the situation in Libya The military attack launched by the LNA on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in and around the capital are endangering civilians, including migrants and refugees, and disrupting the UN-led political process, with the risk of serious consequences for […]

UN calls for Release of Detainees caught in Libyan Crossfire

UNHCR issues urgent appeal for release and evacuation of detained refugees caught in Libyan crossfire In light of the dramatically worsening security situation in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urgently calling for the immediate release of refugees and migrants from places of detention. Many of these facilities are in areas where […]