Ulf Laessing

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17 Jun 2019 | 3:33 AM

Libya PM Serraj will not sit down with rival Haftar to end war

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said on Sunday he was not prepared to sit down with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to negotiate an end to the two-month offensive against Tripoli.

14 Jun 2019 | 12:21 AM

Tripoli's children struggle to study as war reaches the capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - For 13-year-old Taha Aboud, who dreams of becoming an engineer, war in Libya's capital Tripoli has meant his family fleeing their home and him missing studies as they searched for a new school.

10 Jun 2019 | 2:07 PM

Shutting up shop - Libyan conflict squeezes southern Tunisia

BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia (Reuters) - Standing in his one-room store between tables stacked with brightly coloured t-shirts and jeans, Fathi Mars gestures in despair.

10 May 2019 | 1:49 PM

Snatched selfies along Libya's frontline point to long war

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Fighters allied to Libya's U.N.-backed government posted selfies from a barracks one day last month to mark their progress in a battle for Tripoli.

6 May 2019 | 7:28 AM

Libya's Haftar orders troops to fight harder during Ramadan

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson, because the Muslim month of Ramadan that begins on Monday was a month of holy war.

3 May 2019 | 8:55 PM

Beans or brioche - breakfast is divisive in Libyan conflict

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Coffee and a pastry covered in chocolate, honey and almonds or a savoury bean stew sandwich with juice or a fizzy drink.

3 May 2019 | 6:54 PM

Stalemate persists in Tripoli after overnight fighting, more civilians flee

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavy fighting raged overnight in the battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli, with neither faction able to secure gains on the frontlines as an offensive by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar entered its fifth week.

2 May 2019 | 11:38 PM

As assault grinds on, Tripoli lawmakers reject offensive by UAE ally

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Lawmakers loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government on Thursday denounced an attack on Tripoli by an ally of the United Arab Emirates and defended their record in fighting terrorism, after the Gulf state said "extremist militias" ruled the capital.

28 Apr 2019 | 6:47 AM

Air strike hits Tripoli as eastern Libyan forces send warship to oil port

TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) - Air strikes hit the Libyan capital late on Saturday as eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar pursued a three-week campaign to take Tripoli and also confirmed for the first time they had dispatched a warship to an oil port.

26 Apr 2019 | 10:31 PM

Exclusive - Libya's U.N.-backed government readies new war funding but hopes vital business to continue

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's U.N.-recognised government has budgeted up to 2 billion dinars (£1.1 billion) to cover costs of a three-week-old war for control of the capital, such as treatment for the wounded, to be funded without new borrowing, the economy minister said.