Libya

Escaped zoo monkeys caught in the crossfire in war-torn Libya


After escaping from an abandoned zoo, a group of monkeys spent two days wandering the streets of the war-torn city of Benghazi, to the utter surprise of local residents. Read more...
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Benghazi: A city going up in smoke


The eastern Libyan city of Benghazi is the birthplace of the revolution that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and is considered by many to be Libya’s cultural capital. However, since mid-October, Benghazi has been transformed into a vast battlefield between the Islamist militias that control the city and the Libyan army, which is trying to push them out. With its deserted streets and buildings pockmarked by shells, Benghazi is hardly recognisable, says our Observer on the ground...
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Homage to assassinated “Libyablogger”

Tawfik Bensaud, aged 18, was killed in Benghazi on September 19. This young activist used social media as his platform and was regular contributor to Libyablog, a platform launched in 2012 by FRANCE 24 and RFI. Read more...

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Students rebuild homes amid militia fighting in Tripoli


The fighting in Tripoli has delayed its university’s opening for the new school year, but instead of sitting around, a group of students got together to fix-up homes destroyed in the ongoing conflict. Read more...
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Warring militias blight daily life in Tripoli


The ongoing fighting between rival militias in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, has forced thousands to flee the country and prompted a number of embassies and international companies to evacuate their staff. The residents of Tripoli left behind live in constant fear of bombings, abductions, and food and petrol shortages. Read more...

Libya's descent into chaos 'worse than revolution'


Muammar Gaddafi promised chaos, and Libya seems headed straight in that direction. Three years after the fall of his regime, intense conflicts between rival militias are tearing the country apart and civilians are paying a heavy toll. In Benghazi and in Tripoli, our Observers are growing increasingly worried in the face of continued violence and chronic shortages of water, food and fuel. Read more…
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Libya’s porous borders lead to illegal immigration boom

One of our Observer spoke to undocumented immigrants, many from Sudan, who had just crossed through Libya and were about to try their luck reaching Europe. They described how illegal immigration in Southern Libya has become big business for local militia groups. Read more...

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Benghazi chaos: Exclusive testimony as battles rage in Libya's second city

 
On May 28, soldiers from the Libyan army began bombarding neighbourhoods in the country’s second biggest city, Benghazi. They were targeting the bases of two armed Islamic groups: the 17 February Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia. Since then, fighting has spread across the city. Read eyewitness testimony from residents caught in the crossfire...
 

Benghazi attack: “A coup would be a huge step back”

 
Calm has returned to Benghazi, in eastern Libya, after a weekend of fighting. On Friday, a retired general launched an attack against Islamist militias accused of terrorising the city. However, Benghazi residents question his motives. Read more...

Wall to segregate male and female students in Libya

 
Under Libya’s monarchy and Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, schools and universities in Libya had always been co-ed. However, in Derna, located in eastern Libya, male and female students are about to be separated for the first time. A local militia is building a wall in the middle of the university campus in order to segregate them. Read more...
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