Today the Libyan Coast Guard has announced that a boat capsized off the coast of Khoms, 100 kilometres east of the capital Tripoli and 100 illegal migrants, from different African nations, were believed missing at sea. It added that 279 other migrants were rescued. In addition the Information Office of Libyan Navy said that that 262 illegal migrants were rescued by the boat Sabratha and arrived at the Tripoli naval base in Abu Sitta.
The Presidency Council (PC) has finally appointed a chief of staff to head the Libyan army: Major-General Abdulrahman Al-Tawil. Appointed head of the Temporary Security Committee in January last year, he has in effect been chief of staff ever since. There is, however, no coherent, structured or united Libyan army or airforce as yet for him to head. The Libyan navy is the only section of the armed forces that can be said to be operating under the PC’s command.