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Darfur group denies involvement in fighting in east Libya

Khartoum (Sudan) – Sudanese rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Monday has denied participation in the ongoing fighting in east Libya. On Sunday, forces opposed to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an attack on three ports, claiming control over oil-exporting facilities held by troops loyal to the GNA.

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Tunisia Digs a 100-Mile Moat to Keep Refugees at Bay

Tunis Once surrounding castles of old, a moat stretching 100 miles is being dug by Tunisia against alleged terror threats from nearby Libya. Reporters are kept at bay from the digging in what officials have dubbed “a closed military area.”

Saltwater will fill the massive trench to be topped with sand dunes. Alligators are not mentioned in the moat’s prospectus.

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Migration: Libya, waiting room for the Mediterranean

Though refugees and migrants are arriving in unprecedented waves in the Balkans, the flow from Libya remains an issue that must not be neglected. The European Union is increasingly interested in escalating military operations in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, but the political turmoil in the country has been without a solution for almost a year. Last week, the UN resumed unity deal negotiations that even the Tripoli-based General National Congress, which had boycotted the talks, is optimistic about. In the meantime, caught in between two disputing governments, the Libyan Coast Guard is severely underequipped for the humanitarian problem in its seas.

In the second instalment of Afronline’s series of field reports on the underreported hubs of the refugee crises, Nancy Porsia speaks directly with the Libyan players struggling in the political standstill.

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Migrant smugglers profit from Libya’s chaos

Most of the 1,750 migrants to have drowned in the Mediterranean this year were sub-Saharan Africans who boarded smugglers’ boats in Libya. We will never know all their individual stories, but it is possible to retrace their steps through the deserts of Sudan, Chad and Niger to Libya’s porous southern borders, and north to its coastal cities and the beaches where the boats were launched.

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A Deafening Silence from African Leaders on the Recent Tragedies in the Mediterranean

With the recent death of more than 800 immigrants just off the coast of Libya, it is no surprise that political discussion in Europe has been focused on how the EU should respond to the crisis of human trafficking and thousands of people fleeing Africa to come to Europe. However, while one may criticise Europe’s leaders’ actions or lack thereof on the migration crisis, they are at least discussing the issue. The same cannot be said for African leaders, with the exception of the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.

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The Med: One final danger in a migrant’s odyssey

Every time a migrant boat capsizes on its way to Europe, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher.

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