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November 23, 2017

Egypt destroys 10 SUVs carrying arms on Libya border: army

The Egyptian army destroyed 10 sports utility vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition on the Libyan border, it said in a statement on Wednesday. 'The air force has dealt a new blow to smugglers and infiltrators across the border,' preventing them from bringing weapons and ammunition into Egypt, army spokesman Tamer al-Refai said in a statement posted on Facebook. The Egyptian military has carried out regular strikes against such vehicles in recent months. Since the army in 2013 removed elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi......

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November 23, 2017

AFRICOM conducts 2 airstrikes in Libya

The US military command in Africa (AFRICOM) has carried out two separate airstrikes on November 17 and 19 near the town of Fugaha in the municipality of Jufra, south of central Libya targeting ISIS militants.

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November 23, 2017

Mali blames West for chaos in Libya

Mali blames 'external intervention' for the chaos that reigns throughout Libya given the Nato-led bombing campaign in 2011.

Abdoulaye Diop, Malian minister of foreign affairs, on Wednesday (22 November)"...

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November 23, 2017

Our aim in Libya is to close detention centers, Mogherini

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini commented in Brussels at the 'A New Partnership between the European Union and Africa' conference on Wednesday on the issue of migrants sold as slaves in Libya, which garnered international attention recently due to a video"...

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November 23, 2017

Rwanda open to host over 30,000 African immigrants from Libya

Rwanda could host up to 30,000 African immigrants currently stuck in Libya where they are exposed to all forms of abuse, including being sold openly in slave markets in the Northern Africa country.

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November 22, 2017

EU monitoring of Libyan coastguard done by Libyans

An EU monitoring system to ensure the Libyan coastguard treat rescued migrants with dignity is broadly run by the Libyans themselves.

The system is supposed to prevent EU-trained Libyans from abusing people rescued"...

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November 22, 2017

Italian embassy issued '9,000 visas' in Libya since March

Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone noted on Tuesday that the Italian embassy ''is the only one open in Tripoli, amid difficult security conditions'' and that Italy ''is the only country that issues visas in Libya. ''We do it both in Tobruk, in Cyrenaica,"...

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November 22, 2017

IOM Joins UN SG in Call to End Libya Migrant Slave Trade

IOM, the United Nations Migration agency, welcomes the remarks Monday of UN Secretary General António Guterres concerning recent news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly being sold as slaves. This statement, along with recent engagement by Libyan"...

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November 22, 2017

Libya's Migrant Crisis Stems from 'Humanitarianism'

Earlier this week, a field researcher in Africa sent me a video text message showing young African men in a cage with their hands tied behind their backs and cloth gags in their mouths as someone yelled at them in Arabic. According to my source, the video was secretly taken inside a camp"...

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November 22, 2017

US Launches New Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Libya

The U.S. military has launched new airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya, officials tell VOA. U.S. Africa Command spokesperson Robyn Mack said the strikes occurred on November 17 and 19 near Fuqaha “in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).” Another military official confirmed that several Islamic State militants were killed. “We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing them from establishing safe haven,” Mack said. In September, 17 militants......

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