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CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (News Wires) - Libya's coast guard says it has recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 186 others, including women and children, in separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Navy spokesman Ayoub Jassem says the migrants, who were found Monday, were taken to a navy base in the capital, Tripoli, and a refugee camp in the town of Tawergha.

Libya was plunged into chaos following a 2011 uprising. Since then, Libya has been a frequently used route to Europe for migrants fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

Libya has worked to stem the flow of migrants, with assistance from the European Union.

CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya's national oil firm warned on Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country.

A militia, led by Ibrahim Jadhran who opposes Libya's self-styled national army commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, attacked the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and al-Sidr on Thursday forcing the National Oil Corporation to suspend exports and evacuate its employees.

The airstrikes late Sunday targeted fighters loyal to Jadhran, who are trying to seize the oil terminals, said Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the LNA.

He said warplanes carried out airstrikes against "terrorist positions and gatherings in the operational military zone stretching from Ras Lanuf to the edge of the city of Sirte."

Al-Mesmari called on residents in the oil crescent area to stay away from "areas where the enemy gathers, munition storages and sites with military vehicles."

Jadhran said in a video circulated on social media last Thursday that he had formed an alliance to retake oil terminals. "Our aim is to overturn the injustice for our people over the past two years," he said.

 

BENGHAZI, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - The operation room of the Libyan air forces in the Central Military Zone announced that their jets raided terrorist hotbeds in the military zone from Ra's Lanuf to Sirte outskirts.

The jets destroyed an ammunition warehouse in Ra's Lanuf, Sky News quoted the operation room as saying on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Libyan army revealed more evidence that the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood, Qaeda and Daesh in Libya have interwoven conspiracies against the country.

MARSA MATROUH, Egypt, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - As many as 173 Egyptians returned home from Libya via Salloum crossing over the past 24 hours, said Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Nasr.

Out of all the returnees, eight Egyptians had illegally traveled to Libya, Nasr underlined in a statement issued on Saturday.

Meanwhile, travel procedures for 152 persons, including 14 Egyptians and 138 Libyans, have been finalized, the statement read.

Also, three trucks were allowed into Egypt from Libya to be loaded with Egyptian goods, it added.

 

 

CAIRO, June 10, 2018 (News Wires) — Libya’s coast guard has intercepted more than 150 migrants, including women and children, in the Mediterranean Sea.

It says two boats were stopped Saturday off the coast of the western Zuwara district and the capital, Tripoli. It says the boats were carrying 152 migrants, including 19 women and three children.

The migrants, who were from African and Arab countries, were taken a naval base in Tripoli.

Libya was plunged into chaos following a 2011 uprising and is now split between rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of militias.

The chaos has made it a popular route to Europe for migrants fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

CAIRO, June 8, 2018 (News Wires) - The self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has seized most of the western coastal city of Derna from extremist groups, which have controlled it for years, a military spokesman said on Friday.

Spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said that the LNA forces have captured "more than 75 per cent of Derna and forced out terrorists from most of the city”.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who leads the LNA, announced in May that his forces launched a military operation aimed at "liberating" Derna from extremist groups. Hifter's forces have surrounded the city of 150,000 people for years.

The LNA has long encircled the city of 125,000, the last in eastern Libya to elude its control. It is held by the Derna Protection Forces, formerly the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council, a coalition of Islamists and other anti-Haftar combatants.

Early Monday, LNA forces entered Derna from both the eastern and western coastal roads and took control of the Shiha and Bab Tobruk districts, advancing to within one kilometer of the port, one of the operation’s commanders, Salem al-Rafadi, told Reuters. Photos shared by a resident appeared to show soldiers and military vehicles advancing along largely deserted streets.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The country is now split between rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of militias.

Haftar is allied with the eastern-based administration that is at odds with the UN-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli.

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