Not piracy, but self-defence against EU’s deadly abdication

Not piracy, but self-defence against EU’s deadly abdication – NGOs on El Hiblu rescue After stopping EU rescues and banishing rescue NGO ships from the Mediterranean, commercial vessels are now being forced to return rescued migrants to Libya by Matthew Vella The 108 men and women who commandeered a motor tanker that was about to take […]

Maltese vessel held in Libya for more than a week

A Maltese vessel has been held in Libya for more than a week, its owner told The Malta Independent. The Maltese flagged fishing vessel Salvatur VI, MFA0172VLT, owned by Salvatur VI Fishing Company Limited), with 1 Italian Captain and 6 Indonesian crew members on board, has been held by the Libyan Military forces of Benghazi, owner Albert Satariano said. […]

Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports

Italy has threatened to stop vessels of other countries from bringing migrants to its ports. The warning came as Italy’s EU representative, Maurizio Massari, warned in a letter to the bloc the situation had become “unsustainable”. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has accused other European nations of “looking the other way”. An estimated 10,000 people are […]

Libya Militia Seizes Turkish Tanker

By Irina Slav Six armed men have seized the Haci Telli oil tanker sailing under a Turkish flag in the Libyan port of Zuwarah, claiming that the company leasing the vessel owes the port of Zuwarah US$433,000 for oil purchased earlier. The armed group is holding 11 crew members on another vessel near the port. […]

An oil heist in Libya cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars

Libya’s oil production problems extend far beyond whether the forces of Tripoli or Benghazi secure ultimate control over the country: Clan-based militias are running their own smuggling operations, and their mafia reach is said to extend as far as the Coast Guard-and even into Europe. This smuggled oil is making its way into Europe, and […]

Migrants must not be sent back to Libya, HRW warns EU leaders

By Jamie Prentis The EU must put the safety and dignity of migrants at the forefront of any migration deal it signs with Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. HRW said that its greatest concern was the possibility that the EU would consider sending migrants back to Libya. It claims to have seen a document […]

Libya wants Maltese authorities to stop smuggling of fuel

‘Smuggling of Libyan fuels by Maltese mafia’ every day By Ivan Camilleri Libya is calling for more collaboration from the Maltese authorities to stop the “smuggling of Libyan fuels by Maltese mafia”, which according to Attorney General Sadiq Al-Sour is happening every day. Announcing a wide-ranging probe to stop the rampant smuggling of refined fuel products, […]

EU needs Turkish-style migration deal on Libya: Maltese PM

By Gabriela Baczynska The European Union needs to reach a deal on curbing the flow of migrants trying to sail on smugglers’ boats from Libya to Italy, the prime minister of Malta, holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, said on Wednesday. Joseph Muscat said the new measures should have the same impact as an agreement […]

Malta wants EU-Libyan patrols to stop boat migrants

Maltese government presents EU ministers with ‘non-paper’ to discuss placing EU guards outside Libyan territorial waters Matthew Vella The Maltese government has presented home affairs ministers of the EU with a “non-paper” – diplomatic-speak for a political memo – calling for joint patrols with the Libyan navy in a bid to stop the influx of […]