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Air force: Libya's warplanes attack ship off port of Sirte

Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked a ship off the Libyan port of Sirte on Sunday, the air force commander said.

The Libyan port of Sirte. Credit: Google Maps

"Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning," Saqer al-Joroushi told Reuters.

"We gave it a chance to evaluate the situation, then our fighting jets attacked the ship because it was unloading fighters and weapons," he added. An oil official said the ship was actually a tanker which had been carrying 25,000 tonnes of gas-oil.

Casualties as cargo ship is shelled off Libyan coast

One person died aboard a Turkish cargo ship after it came under fire from the Libyan coast as it approached Tobruk.

The ship was then attacked from the air as it tried to leave the area, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

The ship's third officer died and other crew members were wounded in the attacks on Sunday, which the ministry condemned in a statement, saying the ship was in international waters at the time.

The statement did not specify who launched the attacks.


Miliband dismisses criticism over Libya comments

Ed Miliband has dismissed claims his criticism of David Cameron over Libya was inappropriate.

As ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports, the Labour leader described as "nonsense" the accusation he was politicising a tragedy.

Farage: UK sponsored fall of Gaddafi to blame for flow of migrants

Nigel Farage has blamed the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties for the "tidal wave of people" trying to get to Europe, saying it was the downfall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi which has lead to migrants dying as they try to flee to Europe.

The Ukip leader was talking to Lorraine Kelly about the recent drowning of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean. Up to 1,500 migrants have drowned on their way to Europe and more than 13,000 people have been rescued by the Italian Navy this year alone.


Mediterranean death toll soars as migrants flee Africa

Around 400 migrants have died in a failed bid to escape Libya and sail to Italy, survivors said, as the death toll from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean soars.

The boat was carrying an estimated 550 people in total when it capsized 24 hours after leaving the Libyan coast, Save the Children reported.

Around 150 migrants were rescued by a sea patrol, while 400 others did not survive Credit: Reuters

The number adds to more than 500 migrants who have already died while making the journey from Africa so far this year - up from 47 in the same period last year - as people there flee government instability and violence.

More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean in the past week alone, as the spring weather makes passage slightly safer.

Save the Children and other humanitarian groups have called on the European Union to strengthen its sea rescue operations programme, as migrant flows are expected to rise further during the summer months.

Foreigners 'missing' after attack on oilfield in Libya

The al-Ghani oilfield has been fought over by rebels and government forces. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Several foreigners, including a Czech and an Austrian, are missing after gunmen attacked the al-Ghani oilfield in Libya this week, according to the Czech Foreign Ministry.

In a statement the ministry said: "There was a Czech citizen present at the spot, who has been missing since.

"Together with him, an Austrian citizen is unaccounted for as well as several other persons from third countries."

The ministry said a crisis committee including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and secret services had met to discuss the situation, and a foreign ministry representative would be dispatched to the region as soon as possible.

Libya's oil security forces said on Friday they had retaken control of the oilfield after militants attacked the facility, killing seven guards.

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