Category Archives: Conflict

French soldiers slain in Burkina Faso hostage operation

Four hostages have been rescued by the military in Burkina Faso, the Ministry of foreign affairs of France informed in a communique.

Two French, one American woman and one South Korean woman.

It is with profound sadness that the government informed about the death of two French soldiers were slain during the operation. Four kidnappers were also neutralized.

The French hostages had been kidnapped in neighboring Benin on 1 May.

The two soldiers who were killed during the rescue were named as Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, described by officials as belonging to a special operations unit.

The French military posted photos of the soldiers on social media.

Burkina Faso has suffered more than 230 attacks in just over three years. In April more than 60 people died in ethnic clashes fueled by Islamic radicals attempting to gain control over Sahel.

IS claims Magumeri killings

Islamic State (IS) terrorist group killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an assault on the northeastern town of Magumeri, the group claimed through related news agency AMAQ. 

The organization leading jihad said the attack on the soldiers took place in the town in northeastern Borno state on May, 1. It published atrocious pictures of burned barracks and dead bodies claiming they are from the site.

Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province faction of Boko Haram in trucks and on motorcycles stormed into the base in the town of Magumeri,   around 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Borno state capital Maiduguri,   AFP reported.

Several sources in Nigeria, including one military, confirmed the killings, adding that the fighters stormed the town at roughly 1745 local time (1645 GMT), overran military personnel and raided local shops.

Tripoli battle victims toll rising

The UN has recorded close to 350 people killed, including 22 civilians, and over 1,650 wounded, including 74 civilians. human rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet informed, expressing serious concerns . The actual number of civilians killed or injured “is likely to be higher”, she added.

The Tripoli counter-terrorism operation led by the LNA became the biggest military confrontation in Libya since the 2011 assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, This week fighting have intensified again with both sides using heavy artillery.

Fighting broke out in Tripoli at the beginning of April, when Marshall Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, announced counter-terrorist operation, liberating Tripoli from militia, keeping the city hostage, also preventing diplomats and international community to return to the capital.  By the second week of the month, casualties were hundreds of killed and wounded, and thousands of displaced.

While regional and international players support the rival factions, the battle for Tripoli continues.

Ethiopia.: Pastoralists killed in Sitti

Eleven civilians, the majority of whom cattle farmers (agropastoralists), were killed by members of the Afar regional state special forces, Mustefa Omer, president of Somali regional state confirmed to Addis Standard. The incident occurred in Sitti zone, Somali region of Ethiopia,  in Madane Kebele,

Earlier several individuals with family ties in the area presumed that the civilians were killed by members of the Liyu Police, the information confirmed by local authorities.

Clashes between militia in Afar and Somali regional states have been recurring in recent months causing protest demonstrations from both sides.

Amnesty International has reiterated their demand to the government of Ethiopia to disband a police unit which is accused of carrying out human rights abuses in the Somali and Oromia regions of the country.

The Liyu police unit was established by the Somali regional government as a counter-terrorism force but has on several occasions been accused of complicity in an ethnic conflict between Oromos and Somalis.

Pope for aid to migrants in Libya

Pope Francis has appealed for the evacuation of women, children and sick migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers as soon as possible, through humanitarian corridors.

During his Regina Coeli prayer, the Pontiff said the refugees’ situation, “which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ongoing conflict.”

Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his concern with the conditions of illegal migrants in Libyan detention centers, including those who are sent back after trying to reach Europe by sea. There were also circulating rumors of pro- Fayez Al-Sarraj  militias in Tripoli force the migrants to defend the city, the clams UN-backed government denied.

Red Cross leaves Tripoli

Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross () in Libya left Tripoli, according to their own statement on the Twitter micro blog page.

According to  the Red Cross assessment around 30 000 inhabitants has to flee Tripoli as a result of the ongoing fighting.

US-UK diplomatic efforts in Libya

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt  need of peace and stability in Libya as “global priority“. Both top diplomats reaffirmed their commitment to continued diplomatic efforts in Libya aiming at return to political process.

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