Libya crisis

Ari Ben-Menashe on Sudan, Mugabe & Haftar

Ari-Ben-Menashe on his ties to Sudan's Military Council, Mugabe and Libya's Khalifa Haftar
Ari Ben-Menashe, an Iranian-born, former Israeli intelligence official, has been described as "the warlords’ favourite lobbyist". In a rare interview, he speaks to Newshour from Khartoum confirming he has signed a $6 million contract with Sudan's Transitional Military Council to seek diplomatic recognition and favourable media coverage for them. He also defends his links with Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe, and claims another client, General Khalifa Haftar, is a "unifying force" in Libya 

Photo: Ari-Ben Menashe in a picture taken while fighting the Australian government against deporation. Taken at Darling point Apartment on 15 February 1992. Credit: Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

'40 killed in airstrike' on Libya migrant centre

Many of those killed are reported to be African migrants
Officials in the United Nations-backed government in Libya say as many as 40 people have been killed by an airstrike which hit a migrant detention centre on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli. 

They believe many of those killed were migrants from Africa. Another eighty people are said to have been wounded. 

The Libyan National Army - loyal to general Khalifa Haftar - has been attempting to take the capital from the internationally-recognised government for several weeks, but say their warplanes did not attack the centre. 

Dr Khalid Bin Attia is an official in the Libyan health ministry. He lives in Tajoura where the bombing happened and had visited the site of the attack before speaking to Newsday.

(Photo: Emergency workers arrive at the scene in Tajoura Credit: AFP)

Life in Tripoli as violence continues on the outskirts

"There are hundreds, if not thousands, of displaced families"
General Khalifa Haftar says he will continue his assault on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, until the militias defending the city are beaten. 

Hafar has said that militiamen who laid down their weapons would be allowed to return home safely. After nearly two months of fighting, more than 500 people have been killed, and 75,000 forced to flee their homes. 

Libya has been torn by violence and political instability since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.  

Newsday's Alan Kasujja spoke to a Libyan who recently moved to central Tripoli to escape the onslaught in the south of the city. For security reasons we have not named him.

(Photo: Life goes on in Tripoli. Credit: Getty Images)