Libya’s slide into chaos

The fall of Gaddafi has impacted negatively on North Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

May 14, 2015 10:45
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Egyptian Christians in orange jumpsuits just before their execution by ISIS henchmen

Egyptian Christians in orange jumpsuits just before their execution by ISIS henchmen. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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THE CONFLICT in Libya is having effects in Europe as well as in North Africa and the Middle East. Thousands have been killed and tens of thousands have been made homeless: the number of displaced persons and refugees has reached an estimated 400,000. The flow of migrants from and through Libya to Europe has increased and the flow of weapons to Egypt has contributed to an upsurge in terror attacks there.

On February 15, the Islamic State (IS) released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian fishermen on a Libyan beach. This act of barbarism drew attention to the deepening chaos in Libya. In 2014, a militia group in the east of the country declared its affiliation with IS. At the end of the year it took over the city of Derna and, since then, people allied to the group have claimed responsibility for attacks across the country.


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