A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said.
The last time âMare Nostrumâ(Latin for âOur Seaâ) was used as a political slogan in Italy, Mussoliniâs fascists were claiming dominance over the entire Mediterranean. This time itâs different. Itâs the name of the operation the Italian navy is running to save asylum seekers from drowning on the dangerous voyage in open boats from North Africa to Italy.
A British embassy convoy in Tripoli came under fire on Sunday in an attempted carjacking but no-one was hurt, a spokesman for London's mission in Libya said.
"Early this morning a British embassy convoy was subject to an attempted carjacking. Shots were fired at our vehicles but they managed to drive on and leave the area," spokesman Bob Phillipson said.
Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libyaâs main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the Health Ministry said July 21 had left at least 47 dead in a week.
The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until July 19.
Heavy fighting broke out July 13 between rival militias vying for control of Libyaâs main airport, killing at least three people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months.
Explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire were heard from early morning on the airport road and other parts of Tripoli.