Libya

Meet Volcano, Libya’s soldier-rapper


Achraf, alias Volcano, drops a beat amidst still-smouldering rubble. As bullets whizz past, he continues to rap. His goal? To inspire courage in the young people fighting jihadist groups on the frontlines of war-torn Benghazi, Libya. Read more...
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What people smugglers tell migrants seeking to cross into Europe


Social media has become the new way for people smugglers to advertise their services. They often post ads on Facebook promising migrants a comfortable, safe journey to European shores. To find out more, a journalist from the Observers team posed as someone seeking to help his friend enter Europe and contacted the smugglers via phone numbers brazenly posted on the ads. This is what we found out...
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In pictures: Egypt bombs IS group in Libya


It didn’t take long for Egypt to react following the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamist State jihadist group (IS). On Monday, Egypt’s air force bombed several IS targets in Libya, and announced it had killed more than 40 combatants. Photos and videos taken by people at the scene and published on social networks attest to the scale of this operation. Read more...
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Photo of 'women murdered for refusing sex jihad’ is fake


Iraq’s human rights minister issued a statement Tuesday saying that the bodies of 150 women had been found in two mass graves in Fallujah. He said they belonged to women who were executed by the Islamic State group for refusing to have sex with jihadists. Several Arabic language media outlets quickly relayed his statement, but there was a problem: they used a fake photo to illustrate it. Read more...
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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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