Libya
  • 141 illegal migrants rescued, two bodies recovered off Libyan coast
    21 january 2019 13:48:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Coast Guards and the port security authority have announced that 141 illegal migrants trying to sail to Europe from the Libyan coast were rescued and two bodies recovered from the sea during a rescue operation on Sunday.Full text...
  • Calm returns to southern Tripoli after mediation by local communities
    21 january 2019 13:27:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Calm has returned to southern Tripoli, the Libyan capital, following a mediation by local ethnic communities that on Sunday firmed up a truce between armed groups which clashed since Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring 60 others.Full text...
  • Implementation of security plan for Tripoli Airport begins
    20 january 2019 18:52:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Interior Ministry announced the commencement of implementation of the security plan for Tripoli International Airport, south of town, which has been closed to air traffic since 2014 after being partially destroyed during armed clashes between rival armed groups. Full text...
  • UN concerned about fears of preparations for war in southern Libya
    20 january 2019 18:25:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday expressed deep concern at reports from the south of the country on the mobilization of armed forces and the increasing cycle of declarations and counter-declarations, pointing to the increasing risks of an imminent conflict.Full text...
  • Libyan photographer killed during armed clashes in southern Tripoli
    20 january 2019 14:26:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A Libyan photographer working for US-based news agency, Associated Press, was killed on Saturday night in clashes in the south of Tripoli, reliable sources told PANA.Full text...
  • WHO condemns attacks on civilians in Tripoli
    19 january 2019 18:16:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the continued attacks on civilians and health facilities in Libya, following the deadly armed clashes that broke out on Wednesday in the southern part of the Libyan capital. Full text...
  • Libya chairs ministerial meeting of 5 5 dialogue group
    19 january 2019 12:42:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya will chair the ministerial meeting of the 5 5 dialogue group for the next two years, in partnership with the Republic of Malta, according to a communiqué issued on Saturday by the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Full text...
  • Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south
    19 january 2019 06:47:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country has told the Security Council.Full text...
  • Differences from Libya's Presidential Council members exacerbating the political crisis (Analysis by TALL Mamadou)
    18 january 2019 19:06:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The open differences involving members of the internationally-recognized Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity in Libya has led to a further turmoil on the Libyan political scene, to the extent that armed groups under its supervision have openly threatened to disobey orders from council if it does not join forces and take decisions in the presence of its nine members. Full text...
  • Libyan army kills al-Qaeda leader in southern Libya
    18 january 2019 18:26:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The al-Qaeda leader in Libya, Abu Talha-al-Libi, has been killed by Libyan army units, a spokesman of the Libyan armed forces, Ahmed al-Mesmari, announced on Friday.Full text...
  • Tripoli Protection Force repels 7th Battalion from capital
    18 january 2019 13:19:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tripoli Protection Force, a grouping of armed units, has successfully repelled fighters of the 7th Battalion from the southern border areas of the Libyan capital, though 10 people were killed and 41 others wounded in clashes which lasted two days till Thursday.Full text...
  • Rights group says civilians under threat from militias in Libya
    18 january 2019 05:18:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the Libyan authorities to prioritise justice sector reform and establish accountability, particularly for members of armed groups. Full text...
  • Libya appeals to international community for help to train its police
    17 january 2019 15:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has called on ambassadors of the international community to help train Libyan police in fighting against crime and terrorism, while the country still faces the terrorist threat because of the existence of Daesh cells.Full text...
  • Libya condemns Nairobi terrorist attack
    17 january 2019 15:36:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala has denounced the terrorist attack on the Dusit D2 Hotel complex in Nairobi and offered his condolences to his Kenyan counterpart, Monica Juma, PANA learnt on Thursday from an official source in Tripoli.Full text...
  • Italian PM urges Libyan parties to fulfill their responsibilities to Libyan people
    17 january 2019 15:22:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has urged Libyan parties to be aware of their responsibilities to the Libyan people, who are only asking for stability and well-being. Full text...
  • Libyan Supreme Court allows appeal against referendum law
    17 january 2019 12:40:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Supreme Court will examine an appeal against the referendum law on the draft Constitution as filed against the presidents of Parliament, the High Council of State, the Presidential Council and the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) for introducing amendments to the Constitutional Declaration on the Referendum Act.Full text...
  • Calm returns to Tripoli; death toll in armed clashes increases to 5
    17 january 2019 12:10:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Calm has returned to Tripoli on Thursday, in the aftermath of the armed clashes in which five people were killed and 20 others wounded in the southern suburbs of the capital.Full text...
  • Fayez al-Sarraj, several Libyan officials discuss security in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 19:18:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Worried by the constant violence in his country, the Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday engaged several ministers on the need to implement adequate security plans in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.Full text...
  • Clashes erupt again in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 12:01:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Intermittent clashes erupted on Wednesday morning at the entrance of the Gasr Ben Ghashir area, towards the Wadi al- Rabii bridge, in the south of Tripoli, between armed groups, which clashed in the Libyan capital in August. Full text...
  • Libyan oil production down by 88,000 b/d because of bad weather
    16 january 2019 09:48:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Al Waha oil company, a branch of the Libyan national oil company, which exports oil through the port of al-Sidra in the east, has been closed due to bad weather, thus reducing production by 88,000 barrels per day, a source from the NOC said on Wednesday.Full text...
  • Khalifa Hafter launches military operations against terrorist organisations in southern Libya
    15 january 2019 17:44:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan National Army General Command, based in eastern Libya, has announced that the army commander, Marshal Khalifa Hafter, has ordered a huge military operation in the southwest in an attempt to protect the population from terrorist organizations and criminals and to preserve the unity of Libyan soil. Full text...
  • Libyan Interior minister calls for enabling environment to enforce police compliance
    15 january 2019 14:03:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has said the creation of a model police station in Hay al-Andalous district is a step towards consolidating the rule of law in the country. Full text...
  • Libya demands Lebanon's position on 'participation' in Arab summit
    14 january 2019 16:20:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Government of National Accord on Sunday called on the Lebanese government "to urgently clarify" its position on Libya's participation in the Arab summit on economic and social development scheduled for January 19-20 in Lebanon, including the attitude of hostility it suffered.Full text...
  • UN chief in Libya reiterates determination to resolve crisis
    14 january 2019 11:48:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has said that the UN support mission does not want to extent the Libyan crisis nor compromise the organization of elections planned for this year.Full text...
  • Libya to boycott Arab League summit in Lebanon
    14 january 2019 10:36:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya will not take part in the Arab League summit on economic and social development scheduled for 19-20 January in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, because of the hostility of some Lebanese political forces against its presence.Full text...
  • Libyan Presidential Council vice presidents warn Fayez al-Sarraj
    13 january 2019 16:39:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three Vice Presidents of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accordy have accused the Council's President Fayez al-Sarraj of monopolizing crucial decisions, signalling a break down at the moment when the initiative of the two Assemblies to restructure the Presidential Council seems to be stalling. Full text...
  • UN envoy visits southern Libya ahead of National Conference
    13 january 2019 16:19:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, on Sunday began a visit to the city of Sebha, 800 km south of Tripoli, where he will meet local dignitaries, sheikhs, academics and activists from the south of the country as a prelude to the inclusive national conference on the future of Libya.Full text...
  • Libyan prosecutor's arrest warrants raise outcry in Chadian rebellion
    12 january 2019 16:24:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - A series of arrest warrants issued by the Prosecutor General in Libya against several individuals, including members of the Chadian political-military opposition based in the south of the country, accused of abuses on Libyan territory, have been strongly rejected by Chadian rebel leaders.Full text...
  • UN official in Libya 'deeply concerned' about ‘substantial civilian casualties’ in Derna
    12 january 2019 04:47:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Rampant hostilities in the oil-rich city of Derna are becoming an increasing source of concern, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya on Friday, following an intensification in fighting which has resulted in “substantial civilian casualties”. Full text...
  • Arab League chief, UN envoy in Libya discuss Libyan crisis
    11 january 2019 12:34:59
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abou el-Gheit, and the UN special envoy in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, on Thursday examined the latest developments in Libya and efforts by their respective organisations to find solution to the crisis in the North African country, a communiqué issued by the League’s spokesperson, Mahmoud Affifi, said on Thursday.Full text...
  • UN chief urges Libyan gov't to protect detainees against torture
    11 january 2019 11:52:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – UN Secretary General António Guterres has urged the Libyan government of national accord to take measures to protect Libyan detainees against torture and ensure that they are well treated.Full text...
  • 164 illegal migrants repatriated from Libya to Niger
    10 january 2019 19:06:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A total of 164 Nigerien irregular migrants have been repatriated from Libya to Niger from Misrata airport, about 220 km east of Tripoli, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday, indicating that the voluntary return programme for trapped migrants in Libya continues in coordination with the Libyan authorities. Full text...
  • Libya, WFP agree on vocational training programme for women, youths
    10 january 2019 15:28:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan minister of local authorities in the government of national accord, Milad Abdallah Al-Ter, has agreed with the director of the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Libya, Samer Abdeljabbar, on a vocational training programme for women and youth and the training on new information technologies. Full text...
  • al-Sarraj's visits Malta, discusses bilateral cooperation
    10 january 2019 12:28:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday held talks in the Maltese capital, La Valette, with the country’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, on strengthening their bilateral cooperation.Full text...
  • UN envoy reiterates Action Plan to solve Libyan crisis
    10 january 2019 10:47:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations envoy in Libya, Ghassan Salame, has said that the UN Action Plan, worked out in coordination and consultation with the Libyan parties, will lead to parliamentary elections, a referendum on the constitution and finally to presidential elections before the end of this year. Full text...
  • Libya's Interior minister meets senior Scotland Yard officer
    08 january 2019 11:54:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Interior minister Fethi Bachagha on Tuesday met with the representative of Scotland Yard for Terrorism and Training, Richard Clark, with their discussions centering on cooperation between Libya and UK in the fight against terrorism and the training of security officers.Full text...
  • UN envoy in Libya hails Algeria's support for efforts to reconcile Libyans
    08 january 2019 11:28:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations envoy in Libya, Ghassan Salame, at the start of a two-day visit to Algeria on Monday evening, has hailed the firm support of the Algerian authorities in efforts at reconciliation in Libya.Full text...
  • Russia reiterates support for Libya's Presidential Council
    06 january 2019 20:58:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Russia's Ambassador to Libya, Ivan Molotkov, renewed his country's support for the government of national unity and consensus in Libya during a meeting with the President of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Sunday at the Council's headquarters in Tripoli. Full text...
  • Libyan Interior ministry condemns attack on journalists by security forces
    05 january 2019 12:03:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Interior ministry of the Government of National Accord on Saturday condemned attacks against journalists by security forces of the country.Full text...
  • Materials theft cuts down production from Libya's southeastern oilfield
    04 january 2019 16:39:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A series of thefts of materials has led to a loss of about 2,500 barrels per day at the al-Charara oilfield in the southeast of the country, Libya's National Oil Company (NOC) disclosed on Friday. Full text...
  • Ex-Islamist leader rejects charges raised by Libya's Attorney General
    04 january 2019 14:59:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A former Islamist leader opposed to the former regime of Muammar Gadhafi and and leader of the Libyan rebellion during the revolution of 17 February 2011, on Thursday rejected the charges raised in his arrest warrant by the Attorney General's Office. Full text...
  • For what purpose does Daech target state institutions in Libya? (By Youssef Ba, PANA correspondent)
    04 january 2019 14:11:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The 25 December 2018 suicide attack against the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli, which has been claimed by Daech, follows a series of similar operations targeting state buildings and raise questions about the true motivations of the terrorist organization.Full text...
  • 11 Libyan executives trained in veterinary services in Cairo
    04 january 2019 10:24:29
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Eleven executives of Libyan agriculture, animal and maritime resources on Thursday ended a training session on veterinary services.Full text...
  • Libyan official, UN envoy discuss Libya's stabilisation arrangements
    03 january 2019 18:28:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan government of national accord's Interior minister, Fethi Bachagha, on Thursday had discussion with the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs of the UN Secretary General, Stephanie Williams, on the support of the international community to the security arrangements aiming to stabilize the country. Full text...
  • Three bodies of migrants found off Libyan coast
    03 january 2019 16:30:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Three bodies, suspected to be of illegal migrants, were retrieved on Thursday from the Libyan seaside, according to Red Cross officials in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli. Full text...
  • Production at Libya's major oil field down by 8,500 bpd due to theft of equipment
    03 january 2019 11:09:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Production at Libya's major oil field of al-Charara in the southeast has slumped by 8,500 bpd because of looting of equipment at the wells, the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) announced on Thursday.Full text...
  • Netherlands ready to receive 49 African migrants rescued off Libyan coasts by German NGOs
    03 january 2019 10:25:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Netherlands government says it is willing to receive 49 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast by vessels of two German NGOs, Sea-Eye and Sea-Watch, according to a communiqué received by PANA on Thursday in Brussels.Full text...
  • UN hails release of 20 Libyans abducted by Daesh in the south
    02 january 2019 11:31:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN support mission in Libya has hailed the release of 20 Libyans abducted a few weeks ago by Daesh in al-Fouqaha and Tazerbou in southeast and south respectively.Full text...
  • 'Libyans can transfer up to US$100,000 abroad' - Central Bank
    02 january 2019 11:18:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Central Bank of Libya (BCL) has announced that Libyans can now transfer up to US100,000 or its equivalent abroad. Full text...
  • Libya to replace fuel subsidies with cash bonuses to reduce smuggling
    31 december 2018 13:10:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Economy Minister of the Libyan national union government, Ali al-Issaoui, has announced that the ministry is considering to replace fuel subsidies with cash bonuses in order to counteract the smuggling of the product.Full text...

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