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August 2014 - Libya Special Weapons News
- Libyan Militia Takes Control of Vacant US Embassy Annex in Tripoli VOA 31 Aug 2014 -- An Islamist militia group in Libya said it has taken control of the residential annex, but have not gone into the main compound, of the vacated U.S. embassy in Tripoli.
- At Least 10 Killed, 25 Injured in Fresh Violence in Libya’s Benghazi - Agency RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2014 -- The forces of the former general Khalifa Haftar and Islamist fighters clashed in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, on Saturday, leaving at least 10 people dead and 25 injured.
- Recent Libya fighting ‘unprecedented in gravity,’ warns outgoing UN envoy UN News Centre 27 Aug 2014 -- In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.
- Libya Warns UN It Risks Full-Scale Civil War VOA 27 Aug 2014 -- Libya’s U.N. ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi warned Wednesday that his country could collapse into a “full blown civil war,” and he urged armed groups to halt hostilities and disarm.
- Explainer: Is Libya Plunging Into Civil War? RFE/RL 26 Aug 2014 -- Inter-militia fighting is wreaking havoc in Libya, which is witnessing the worst violence since the 2011 overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
- Foreign Intervention in Libya Seen as Further Destabilizing Fractured Country VOA 26 Aug 2014 -- Senior U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamist militants twice in the past week in the Libyan capital.
- US, European Allies Discuss Escalation of Violence in Libya RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2014 -- The United States in a joint statement with France, Germany, Italy and Britain has condemned the escalation of combat actions and violence in Libya and called for a democratic transition in the conflict-torn country.
- US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants VOA 26 Aug 2014 -- Senior U.S. officials said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week.
- UAE launched airstrikes on Libya militia targets Iran Press TV 26 Aug 2014 -- US officials say the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has secretly sent warplanes on bombing raids against militias in Libya using Egypt’s air bases.
- Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States US Dept. of State 25 Aug 2014
- Libyan Turmoil: 2 Assemblies, 2 Premiers VOA 25 Aug 2014 -- Libya's political and military conflict heated up Monday after the Islamist coalition which controls the capital, Tripoli, appointed a new prime minister and declared the newly-elected parliament null and void.
- Moscow Blames Political Chaos in Libya on Forceful Democratization by US, NATO RIA Novosti 25 Aug 2014 -- The United States and its NATO allies caused the current political chaos in Libya by their attempts “to forcefully democratize the country.”
- Libyan Militia Claims to Have Seized Tripoli Airport VOA 23 Aug 2014 -- An Islamist militia based in Libya's coastal city of Misrata claims to have seized Tripoli airport from a rival Zintan group.
- Libyan Oil Depot Resumes Shipments After Year of Blockade RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2014 -- One of Libya's biggest oil depots, Sidra, has carried out its first oil shipment since a July 2013 blockade by federalists, Arabic Economist online newspaper reported Wednesday, citing a Libyan National Oil Corporation representative.
- Cross-border aid reaches civilians displaced by ongoing violence in Libya - UN UN News Centre 18 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency said today it has, for the first time, begun sending aid into western Libya from Tunisia to help some of the tens of thousands of people displaced by weeks of fighting in Tripoli.
- Libyan militias' battle for Tripoli airport forces 100s to flee Iran Press TV 18 Aug 2014 -- Hundreds of Libyans have been forced to leave their homes as clashes continue between rival militia groups near Tripoli international airport.
- Libya: UN mission condemns 'grave escalation' in fighting, urges ceasefire UN News Centre 17 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the 'grave escalation' in the fighting in Tripoli and its suburbs and urged all parties to work to put an end to the security deterioration, which forebodes serious consequences on the humanitarian level.
- Libyans Face Escalating Violence, Turmoil VOA 17 Aug 2014 -- Libyans had high hopes after their country's liberation from dictatorship in 2011, but now face escalating violence and a growing humanitarian crisis.
- Fighting erupts between rival militias in Libya capital Iran Press TV 16 Aug 2014 -- Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli shortly after the new UN envoy announced plans to visit the country soon for ceasefire negotiations.
- Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States US Dept. of State 13 Aug 2014e
- Libya: UN Mission condemns ongoing fighting despite repeated calls for ceasefire UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the battles in the capital, Tripoli, which continue despite repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire and appeals to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences.
- Heavy shelling continues in Libyan capital Iran Press TV 10 Aug 2014 -- Heavy shelling has continued in the Libyan capital Tripoli following three days of relative calm.
- Libya insecurity forces aid workers to leave IRIN 07 Aug 2014 -- Libya's deteriorating security situation has led to an exodus of aid workers and suspension of development programmes, leaving tens of thousands of displaced and vulnerable people relying on skeleton networks manned in part by volunteers.
- Conditions for asylum seekers worsen in Libya IRIN 07 Aug 2014 -- As violence in Libya continues to escalate, most diplomats and foreign workers have by now received assistance from their governments and employers to evacuate the country. But for the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the only possibility for escape lies in the hands of smugglers.
- Concerns for Refugees Mount in Strife-Torn Libya VOA 06 Aug 2014 -- The U.N. refugee agency says thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Libya are desperately seeking to leave the country.
- UN agency 'deeply concerned' about safety of refugees in embattled Libya UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- As violence escalates in Libya, the United Nations today said it was deeply concerned for the safety of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently stranded in areas heavily damaged by the continuous fighting.
- As new parliament opens in Libya, UN mission renews calls for ceasefire UN News Centre 04 Aug 2014 -- The Libyan parliament convened for the first time today, a move welcomed by the United Nations mission assisting the country which said it hopes that the politicians can lead the north African nation away from continuing bloody battles in Tripoli and Benghazi.
- Militia Fighting Over Control of Tripoli Airport Kills 22 VOA 03 Aug 2014 -- Libya says 22 people were killed in a day of fighting in Tripoli between rival militias vying to take control of the capital's international airport.
- Tunisia closes border with Libya Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- Tunisia has reportedly closed its main border crossing with Libya.
- Libya's New Parliament Meets Amid Ongoing Violence VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- Libya's newly-elected parliament held its first meeting Saturday in the eastern city of Tobruk, as fighting between armed factions continued in Benghazi and the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
- Qaeda-linked militants take over Benghazi Iran Press TV 01 Aug 2014 -- Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Libya have taken the control of the country's second largest city, Benghazi, after taking over the main military compounds there.
- Tunisia Closes Main Border Crossing with Libya VOA 01 Aug 2014 -- Tunisia's state news agency says the country has closed its main border crossing with Libya after hundreds of Egyptians and Libyans tried to break through the passage while fleeing violence around Benghazi and Tripoli.
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