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# Libya

September 2023
Libyan prosecutor general orders arrest of eight officials after flooding disaster
Derna’s mayor Abdulmonem al-Ghaithi, who was sacked after the flood, is among the detainees.
Libyan authorities divide flood-hit city of Derna with buffer zones fearing disease outbreaks
Libyan protesters gathered in central Derna yesterday in the first mass demonstration since the flood.
Experts had warned for decades about dams that burst killing thousands
Concerns have been raised since 1986 when the dams suffered major damage.
Aid arrives in flood-hit Libya, where at least 40,000 people are displaced
The death toll from Derna alone has risen to 11,300, the United Nations has said.
Libyan prosecutor opens probe into collapse of two dams after 11,000 killed
Recovery efforts have been hampered by difficulty getting aid to the hardest-hit areas and the destruction of infrastructure.
Death toll soars to 11,300 after flooding in Libyan coastal city of Derna
A UN official has said that most casualties could have been avoided.
UN says thousands of Libya flood deaths could have been avoided
More than 5,000 people are believed to have died, with thousands more injured and left homeless.
Aid workers who managed to reach Derna described devastation in the city centre, with thousands still missing and tens of thousands left homeless.
At least 30,000 people in Derna were displaced by the flooding, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration said.
Nearly 4,000 dead after Libya floods and thousands more missing
The Mediterranean coastal city of Derna was hit by a huge flash flood late on Sunday.
More than 5,300 people feared dead and 10,000 missing in flood-hit eastern Libya
The storm also lashed Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece in recent days.
This year
Former French president Sarkozy faces 2025 trial over alleged Libyan corruption
Prosecutors allege that he took money from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to fund one of his election campaigns.
LÉ William Butler Yeats to be sent to Mediterranean as part of arms embargo on Libya
Opposition TDs had raised ethical concerns about the mission’s work with the Libyan Coast Guard.
UN investigation finds migrants stuck in Libya are being tortured and forced into sex slavery
Nearly all the survivors interviewed did not lodge official complaints out of fear of reprisals, arrest, and extortion.
Last year
Man accused of being Lockerbie bombmaker in US custody
The alleged ‘third conspirator’ in the downing of Pan Am flight 103 is now in the custody of the US.
Inside Operation Irini: Smugglers, social media clues and the high seas search for illegal arms
In our second piece on Operation Irini, Niall O’Connor examines the broader strategy of the EU mission.
Operation Irini: With Irish forces inside a mission to end arms smuggling to Libya
Our first article in a two part series on the work of the Irish Defence Forces in dealing with arms smuggling in Libya.
‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe
Department audit finds some operators not complying with feeding intervals, Noteworthy reveals.
‘A slow, terrible death’: The fate of Irish cattle exported outside of the EU
Noteworthy finds the State has little to no control over what happens to animals once they leave Ireland.
'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels
A report by
Niall Sargent
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws.
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws
Niall Sargent of Noteworthy reports that unwanted males from the dairy industry are among those exported
Destinations include Egypt where ‘appalling’ slaughter techniques are common
At least 32 dead, 159 wounded after violent clashes in Libya's capital
The UN’s Libya mission has called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities” as fears of a wider war grow.
All time
Bodies of 28 migrants found on Libyan coast
Libya has become a key departure point for people from Africa and Asia attempting to migrate to Europe.
Court says Gaddafi's son can contest Libya's presidential election, overturning disqualification
Seif al-Islam, once the heir-apparent to his father, had been barred because of past convictions for violence against protesters.
Pope urges governments to cease returning migrants to detention centres in Libya
“So many of these men, women and children are subject to an inhumane violence,” the pope said.
Libya's interior minister survives attempted assassination
The minister’s motorcade was attacked in the country’s capital.
United Nations report finds Trump ally violated Libya arms embargo
A private security contractor supplied mercenaries and weapons to a Libyan commander who fought to overthrow the government.
Celebrations in Tripoli as Libyans mark 10th anniversary of uprising that led to overthrow of Gaddafi
The oil-rich country has for years been split between rival administrations.
Rescuers pick up hundreds of migrants near Libyan coast
More than 350 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast in two days.
UK government pressed over victims of IRA attacks linked to Libyan explosives
A report on compensation to UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism was delivered to government last year.
Department twice failed to act on UN letter asking how former naval vessel ended up being used in Libyan Civil War
The LÉ Aisling was sold by the Department of Defence in 2017 for €110,000 to a Dutch company.
Migrants jump off rescue boat in bid to reach Italian island
Some of the people on board have spent months or years in Libyan detention camps, suffering torture and sexual abuse.
Over 80 people feared dead after migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia
The tragedy comes after 44 migrants were killed in an air strike on their detention centre in Libya.
UN Security Council fails to condemn fatal attack on Libya migrant centre
Meanwhile, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has condemned the attack.
Nearly 40 people killed after airstrike hits migrant centre in Libya
At least 70 were wounded in the raid on the Tajoura suburb, an emergency services spokesperson said.
Ireland considered sanctions on Gaddafi's Libya over IRA support but was worried about beef
Ireland had built up a valuable beef export partnership with Libya.
Three dead as gunfire and explosions rock Libya's foreign ministry building
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Questions remain over Lockerbie bombing as memorials are held to mark 30th anniversary
270 people were killed in the attack 30 years ago today.
Suicide bomber who killed 22 in Manchester Arena was rescued by British navy in Libya
British bomber Salman Abedi had been visiting Libya during a year off before university.
Irish nurse helps deliver baby boy on board rescue ship
The mother had been kidnapped in Libya and was subjected to regular beatings before she escaped.
'It's a job like no other': Irish experts who help respond to humanitarian crises
Irish people have responded to emergencies in Iraq, Libya and Africa, to name a few.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in police custody over campaign financing
Sarkozy is being questioned over suspected Libyan financing of his election campaign in 2007.
UN probe video of apparent slave auction in Libya
A video showing the apparent trade surfaced last week.