06. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Libyen: ein Gefängnis vor den Toren Europas · Kategorien: Italien, Libyen

Auf dem Festival der Zeitschrift Internazionale in Ferrara hat der libysche Regisseur Khalifa Abo Khraisse über die Situation der Migrant*innen berichtet, die in Libyen festsitzen.

Internazionale | 05.10.2017

Irene Lodi

Al festival di Internazionale è stato ospite anche lo sceneggiatore e regista libico Khalifa Abo Khraisse, autore delle Cartoline da Tripoli, che ha dialogato insieme a Stefano Argenziano di Medici Senza Frontiere e Nancy Porsia (giornalista freelance) della situazione dei migranti bloccati nella sua terra.

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06. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Italian effort to stop migrants fuels bloody battle in Libya“ · Kategorien: Italien, Libyen · Tags: ,

Washington Post | 05.10.2017

By Maggie Michael | AP

It began when a Libyan militia paid by Italy to stop migrants heading to Europe intercepted a group of human traffickers offshore. That confrontation has spiraled into a weeks-long battle among rival militias for control of a Libyan coastal city that has left dozens dead.

The bloodshed in the city of Sabratha is in part an unexpected consequence of Europe’s effort to stem the flow of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean. It illustrates how easily things can escalate out of control in the chaos of the North African country, where three different governments claim authority and the real power in many areas lies with local militias.

The Sabratha fight has expanded, bringing in outside factions, including Khalifa Hifter, the strongman who controls eastern Libya and is a rival of the weak, internationally recognized government based in Tripoli, headed by Fayez Serraj. Hifter appears to be using the conflict to obtain a foothold in the western part of the country.

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06. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Vorstoss Haftars im Westen Libyens“ · Kategorien: EU, Italien, Libyen

NZZ | 06.10.2017

In Benghasi hat General Haftar den IS besiegt. Nun weichen Partner des Warlords bei Tripolis Fronten und Loyalitäten auf.

Der selbsternannte libysche Feldmarschall Khalifa Haftar richtet den Blick nach seinem Erfolg gegen die Islamisten in Benghasi gen Westen. Schon im August waren seine Einheiten in die Gegend der Mittelmeerstadt Sirte vorgestossen, in der sich bis Anfang Dezember 2016 der Islamische Staat in Libyen verschanzt gehalten hatte. Nun rücken die Haftar nahestehenden Sintan-Brigaden von Süden her langsam gegen Tripolis vor, und in Sabrata, 50 Kilometer westlich von Tripolis, machen seine Loyalisten den dortigen Clans das Leben schwer.

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05. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Sizilien: Migranten aus Tunesien landen an der Küste und verschwinden über den Strand – Video · Kategorien: Italien, Tunesien, Video

Corriere della Sera | 05.10.2017

Gli sbarchi fantasma in Sicilia: i migranti arrivano dalla Tunisia e poi si dileguano correndo in spiaggia

L’ultimo arrivo ieri, ad Agrigento. Venti o trenta persone sono sparite nel nulla dopo essere scese dal barcone. Mare Amico: «Almeno 80 sbarchi incontrollati da giugno». Il sindaco di Pozzallo a Minniti: «Qui arrivano delinquenti»

di Alessandro Fulloni

Le immagini fornite dall’associazione «Mare Amico» sono eloquenti. Sbarchi che si sono susseguiti a settembre sulle coste dell’Agrigentino. Il 6 sull’arenile di Giallonardo, il 7 a Ribiera, il 23 a Cannatello. Migranti provenienti dalla Tunisia dopo la «stretta» imposta dalle autorità italiane sulla direttrice Libia-Lampedusa. Ma stavolta non c’ è alcun controllo. I profughi sul barcone attraccano, scendono dal battello e scompaiono tra spiaggia e dirupi. Scene dalle tinte surreali riprese più volte in questi giorni: mare strepitoso, bagnanti in spiaggia. Chi prende il sole, chi fa footing sulla battigia: tra questi c’è chi osserva stupito l’approdo della carretta del mare salpata da chissà dove e in viaggio per centinaia di miglia.

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04. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für The Central Mediterranean: European Priorities, Libyan Realities · Kategorien: EU, Italien, Lesehinweise, Libyen, Mittelmeer · Tags: , , ,

News Deeply | October 2017

This issue is freely available as both a PDF & eBook download.

by Daniel Howden

Prologue

August 14 began calmly for Riccardo Gatti. On the first morning of a new search and rescue mission in the central Mediterranean, the former yachtsman turned activist walked the grayed wooden deck of the Golfo Azzurro, a trawler that has been stripped of its bulky fishing equipment to make space for life jackets and water bottles.

Its previous mission had tested everyone’s patience when several Italian ports refused to allow the vessel to dock and unload its rescued asylum seekers, a sign of the increasing political pressure on rescue charities such as Gatti’s Proactiva Open Arms. The only consolation had been that the ship’s unwanted cargo were in fact a trio of Libyan musicians who serenaded the crew as they searched for a safe port.

Now stationed 27 nautical miles off the coast of Libya, Gatti’s vessel was on standby for boats in distress. Instead they were approached by the C-Star, a vessel chartered by European anti-migrant activists. The Golfo Azzurro crew braced for a confrontation.

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04. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Mittelmeer: Neue Route nach Sardinien · Kategorien: Algerien, Italien, Libyen · Tags:

Nachdem die libysche Route über das Mittelmeer zunehmend unsicher und gefährlich geworden ist, ist die Zahl der Migranten, die Italien von Algerien aus zu erreichen versuchen, gestiegen.

Il Fatto Quotidiano | 04.10.2017

Migranti, diminuiscono le partenze dalla Libia ma crescono quelle dall’Algeria: la nuova rotta porta gli sbarchi in Sardegna

Con la rotta libica del Mediterraneo centrale sempre più insicura e pericolosa, la via algerina torna una possibile opzione per i migranti irregolari diretti in Italia. I numeri segnano già in aumento: se nel 2016 gli sbarchi sono stati 1.106, ad oggi sono 1.310. Raddoppiati anche i migranti intercettati dalla Gendarmeria nazionale algerina. Il viaggio costa al massimo 700 dollari. “ Quasi nessuno vuole restare. Il loro obiettivo è l’Europa”

di Lorenzo Bagnoli

Da Annaba, al Sulcis. Dall’Algeria alle coste sarde di Carloforte, Sant’Antioco e Porto Pino. La rotta è conosciuta dagli “harraga”- i migranti “che bruciano le frontiere”, come si dice in arabo – fin dal 2005-6. È il punto più vicino dell’Italia al Nord Africa, dopo la Sicilia e Lampedusa, ovviamente. Secondo il quotidiano algerino El Watan, il viaggio costa al massimo 700 dollari: i prezzi sono cresciuti rispetto al 2016.

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03. Oktober 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Italy’s deal to stem flow of people from Libya in danger of collapse“ · Kategorien: Italien, Libyen · Tags:

The Guardian | 04.10.2017

Number of people crossing Mediterranean rises again amid power struggle between rival factions in Libyan human-trafficking port

A key pillar of the Italian government’s effort to stem the politically toxic issue of people crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to southern Italy is in danger of collapse as a result of a bloody power struggle in the key Libyan port of Sabratha, the epicentre of human trafficking to Italy.

The Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, had hailed an 80% drop in the number of migrants reaching Italy in July and August, but the number of migrants suddenly started rising again last month as the Sabratha power struggle unfolded, suggesting rival gangs, fighting for control of the profitable business, may not prove reliable partners for the Italians.

The strategy to stem the flow of people from Libya – largely masterminded by the Italian interior minister, Marco Minniti – is seen by the governing Democratic party (PD) as critical to its fortunes in elections next spring.

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29. September 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Italian FM reassures Serraj after Hafter visit to Rome“ · Kategorien: Italien, Libyen

Libya Herald | 28.09.2017

Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano was again in Tripoli today, this time to reassure Faiz Serraj and the Presidency Council (PC) of the Italian government’s continued support. It follows the visit to Rome this week of Khalifa Hafter at the invitation of the Italian government. It raised fears in Tripoli that Italy was changing policy over Libya, and had resulted in Serraj demanding an explanation from the Italian ambassador.

According to the Italian foregn ministry, Alfano went to Tripoli to stress Italian support for the action plan to promote political dialogue in the country unveiled last week in New York by UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé.

Alfano is also said to have confirmed to Serraj that there was no place for a military solution to the Libyan crisis. The welcome given Hafter, he explained, was simply part of Italy’s desire to speak to all sides and to see Libya united.

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28. September 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für „Fewer clashes in Sabratha but tension remains high“ · Kategorien: Italien, Libyen · Tags: ,

Libya Herald | 27.09.2017

Clashes continued today in Sabratha, 80 kilometres west of Tripoli, between the Anti-IS Operations Room and the 48th Battalion although the intensity of fighting was much reduced according to an official in the town who asked not to be identified. Occasional firing of both small and heavy weapons could be heard, he said, but no deaths or serious injuries had been reported among either the combatants or the civilian population. The town remained tense, however, he explained.

He claimed that the Operations Room had gained the upper hand so far in the fighting – a claim denied by Ahmed Dabashi, the head of the local Amu brigade which overlaps with the 48th; many members of the former are also members of the latter and thereby receive an official salary. However, this evening there were unconfirmed reports that the operations room had taken Sabratha hospital.

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28. September 2017 · Kommentare deaktiviert für ‚Ghost boats‘ drop Tunisian migrants onto sunny Italian tourist beaches · Kategorien: Italien, Mittelmeer, Tunesien · Tags: ,

Reuters | 08.09.2017

Steve Scherer

ROME (Reuters) – The figures jumping from a small boat into the clear shallow waters and running ashore on an Italian beach look like troops practicing a D-Day-style landing, but this is no drill, and these are not soldiers.

The images, caught on camera, show what has become a increasingly common sight on the beaches of Italy’s southern islands – migrants from Africa landing in broad daylight.

“In the past these boats came at night,” said Claudio Lombardo, the local head of the Mareamico (Friend of the Sea) environmental group who filmed the scene on a beach near Agrigento in Sicily on Wednesday morning.

“When they came at night, all you saw was the abandoned boat on the beach the next day and the people were nowhere to be found, and that’s why we called them ghost boats.”

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