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Video: EU to Crackdown on People-Smuggling in Libya

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. EU countries to crackdown on people-smuggling in Libya As refugees seek a new life in Europe, they face a perilous journey crossing the Mediterranean. Officials from eight EU countries have pledged $96m to the […]

Libya Surveillance Team Killed in Malta Plane Crash

By John Lee. A small plane crashed after take-off from Malta’s airport on Monday morning, killing all five people on board. Government officials in France and Malta have confirmed that the victims — three French defense ministry officials and two private contractors — were part of a French Customs surveillance operation tracing routes of illicit […]

Leading Smuggler Arrested

By John Lee. One of Libya’s leading smugglers of alcohol and illegal migrants has reportedly been arrested in the Girgarish area of Tripoli. In a video confession, Ashraf Al-Zayet admitted said he cooperated with three other accomplices from Tajura, Zliten and Zuwara from whom he had received illegal migrants. He said he used to receive […]

Fleeing Sexual Violence, Abuse and Exploitation in Libya

From Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Horrifying accounts of sexual violence, killings, torture and religious persecution collected by Amnesty International reveal the shocking range of abuses along the smuggling routes to and through Libya. The organization spoke to at least […]

Video: On Patrol with Libya’s Coastguard

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Libya has 1,800km of coast line and protecting it from threats is a priority. Patrols are looking out for smugglers, people traffickers and armed groups like ISIL bringing in weapons and fighters. Al Jazeera‘s […]

UN Authorizes Ops to Disrupt Migrant Smuggling

UN Security Council authorizes operations to disrupt migrant smuggling of coast of Libya Acting to help “save the threatened lives of migrants or of victims of human trafficking” and to disrupt criminal enterprises operating on the high-seas off the coast of Libya, the United Nations Security Council today authorized for one year operations by the […]

Key Human Trafficker Killed

A leading migrant smuggler has reportedly been killed by gunmen in Tripoli. According to a report from Deutsche Welle, Salah al-Maskhout operated from the western coastal city of Zuwara, a hub for refugees trying to reach Europe. Sources say that al-Maskhout and eight of his men, carrying Kalashnikov rifles, were shot dead by “professionals” using […]

EU approves Action Against People Traffickers

The EU has given the green light for the next phase of action against people traffickers in the Mediterranean. “This important transition will enable the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean to conduct boarding, search, seizure and diversion on the high seas of vessels suspected of being used for human […]