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Libyan authorities report airstrike on military academy

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Authorities in Libya's capital say an airstrike has slammed into a military academy, killing at least 16 peopleBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressJanuary 4, 2020, 9:40 PM2 min readCAIRO -- An airstrike slammed into a military academy in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Saturday, killing at least 16 people, most of them students, health authorities said. Malek Merset, a spokesman with the Tripoli-based health ministry, told The Associated Press that the airstrike took place in the capital’s Hadaba area, just south of the city center where fighting has been raging for months. He said the strike also wounded at least 37 others, who were taken to nearby hospitals for urgent treatment. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Gen. Khalifa Hi...
Italy OKs Ocean Viking to dock in Lampedusa, Sicily, with Libyan migrants

Italy OKs Ocean Viking to dock in Lampedusa, Sicily, with Libyan migrants

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Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Italy granted permission to a ship carrying 82 Libyan migrants to dock Saturday in Lampedusa, Sicily, and allowed the passengers to disembark. The Ocean Viking rescued the migrants nearly a week ago in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship carried 58 men, six women and 17 minors, including a 1-year-old child. On Wednesday, a pregnant woman and her husband, who were passengers on the ship, were airlifted to Malta and she gave birth there. The passengers were taken to a safe place in Lampedusa, Doctors Without Borders, which is known by the acronym MSF, said in a news release. "This comes after a coalition of European states has stepped up with another ad hoc solution to enable the disembarkation and relocation of rescued people," the release said. "The Italian authorities' off...
WHO: 121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

WHO: 121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

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April 14 (UPI) -- Since a Libyan military commander launched an assault to take over Tripoli, the capital, 10 days ago, 121 people have died and 561were wounded, the World Health Organization said Sunday. WHO's Libya Twitter account posted an update of "casualties" and said it was "sending medical supplies, health staff support for first- and second-line responders." Eight ambulances have been bombed, including two on Saturday, since the outbreak of violence on April 4 launched by strongman Khalifa Haftar. "The World Health Organization strongly condemns repeated attacks on healthcare workers, vehicles and facilities," WHO tweeted.' More than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, including 4,000 in the past 24 hours, and more than 900 residents are living in shelters, the U.N...
Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast

Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast

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More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, but one of the vessels deflated and sank.The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.MSF says the group is now being held in "arbitrary detention".The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.Over 1,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Many more have been...
Rival Libyan leaders agree to set elections for December

Rival Libyan leaders agree to set elections for December

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May 29 (UPI) -- Representatives of 20 countries met in Paris Tuesday where four rival Libyan leaders agreed to set parliamentary and presidential elections for December. At the meeting were leaders from Libya's neighboring countries, regional and European powers, the United States and international organizations. Electoral laws for the election will be adopted this summer. The elections were set for Dec. 10. "We reaffirm the existence and the need for a constitutional basis to organize an election and the need for everyone to work hand-in-hand to make sure the elections are a success," Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said at a news conference Tuesday. Al-Sarraj said he called the meeting to try and end the civil war in Libya. The country was divided in 2011 after a NATO-backed revo...