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UNSMIL Calls for the Restoration of Calm in Tripoli

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is following the clashes in and around Tripoli with grave concern and calls on all parties to immediately cease all military action. UNSMIL is concerned by the use of indiscriminate fire and heavy weapons in densely populated residential areas, endangering civilian lives and reminds all parties of […]

From Militias to Mafias – Tripoli’s Militia Cartels

A new research paper from the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) says that a handful of local militias have gradually brought much of Tripoli under their control growing into criminal networks straddling business, politics, and the administration. Author Wolfram Lacher (pictured) adds that the pillaging of state funds now benefits a narrower group than at […]

NOC, UN to work together Against Armed Groups

NOC Chairman Musafa Sanalla, received Mr. Ghassan Salame, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sunday February 25, 2018, agreeing to work together to combat attempts by armed groups to gain a foothold in the Libyan oil sector and to increase transparency over Libyan oil revenues. Chairman Sanalla detailed major challenges faces in restoring and maintaining […]

Can Cairo talks Succeed in Uniting Libya?

By George Mikhail for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Can Cairo talks succeed in uniting Libya’s divided armed forces? The Egyptian initiative to unite the Libyan military is almost complete after several meetings were held between Libyan military officials who split up […]

Sharara Oil Field closed since Sunday

By John Lee. An armed group — believed to be Brigade 30 — forced the closure of the giant Sharara oilfield late on Sunday. Mustafa Sanalla, National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman, said on Monday that the closure had already caused a loss of $16 million. Production at Sharara is normally in the range of 230,000-to-280,000 […]

Human Rights Report on Civilian Casualties in Libya

From 1 August to 31 August 2017, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 21 civilian casualties – 7 deaths and 14 injuries – during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. Victims included 6 men killed and 13 injured, and 1 boy killed and 1 boy injured. Civilian Casualties The majority of civilian […]

Oil Blockade “a National Tragedy”

By Jobn Lee. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) says more than 360,000 barrels per day of Libyan crude oil production has been shut in by what it describes as a “criminal militia” operating in Western Libya, at a cost to the country of $160 million in lost production. “These gangsters are not only harming the […]

Militia holds Libyan Airlines chief Hostage

The chairman of Libyan Airlines, Fathi Al-Shatti, was reportedly seized by armed men nearly three weeks ago and is allegedly being held without charge at a base of the Rada Deterence Force, a local militia which controls the Mitiga Airport. African Aerospace quotes sources at Mitiga Airport as saying that Al-Shatti was kidnapped after he […]