Weekly Security Report by SNE, 25th February 2014

By Tripoli Operations Manager, SNE Special Projects.

North   Western Libya: Another   busy week in and around Tripoli with the 17th February revolution   anniversary passing without any incident of note and the 20th   February vote for the new sixty person committee who will be charged with   drafting a new constitution taking place amid high security, the   60 members of the constitutional committee will have 120 days to draft the   charter and they will be divided equally between Libya's three regions of   Tripolitania in the west, Cyrenaica in the east, and Fezzan in the south. GNC members evacuated from GNC HQ on Sunday   evening due to heavy gunfire nearby, at the time the GNC was considering a   resolution to declare two Zintani militias the Qaaqaa and Sawaiq Brigades   illegitimate, supposedly causing a large convoy of Zintani technicals to   deploy along the airport road and in the area of the GNC, firing   anti-aircraft weaponry into the air in a show or force and intimidation.

Eastern   Libya:  Seven Christian Egyptians were found shot   dead on a beach in Benghazi last evening, having previously been abducted   from their apartments. The trend of bombings and killings has continued   within the eastern region and in Benghazi itself where two   explosions in the early hours of the morning, destroyed a restaurant and   eight vehicles. The spokesman for Benghazi Joint Security Room, Ibrahim   Al-Sharaa said that the two explosions, one on the Corniche and the other on   nearby Gzeer Street had occurred ten minutes apart with two more people   murdered in political killings Benghazi, throwing a shadow over what were   already muted celebrations to mark the third anniversary of the revolution.   Libyan police reported that they arrested six Qataris at Benghazi airport on   Saturday as they tried to board a plane to Turkey using forged   Libyan passports and carrying almost $146,000 in mixed currency.

Southern   Libya: Tuareg protesters have blockaded the   Sharara oilfield again, nationwide production fell to 231,000 from 370,000   barrels per day.  According to the   manager of the oilfield which is the second largest in Libya, the Tuaregs   resumed their blockade of their oilfield on Saturday, possibly causing serious   damage to generators. The Tuareg protesters are demanding the removal of   Ubari’s unelected Local Council as well as minority rights. The demonstrators   forced a two-month closure of Sharara which ended in early January. The   action was called off after intervention by the government, which apparently   promised to do everything in its power to meet their demands.

SNE   assesses that travel to Libya is still possible but advises that stringent   security and travel management plans are in place. An itinerary specific   pre-travel risk assessment including mitigation measures are recommended.   Travel to desert and border areas, between cities and major urban centres may   require additional security support. In-country personnel should be confident   in their evacuation procedures and crisis management plans. Crime remains one of the biggest risks to foreign   personnel operating on the ground and the risk is assessed to be at its   highest in outlying areas of the cities, particularly after last light when   travel is not recommended.   SNE can assist clients with pre entry risk assessments, on the ground   physical support, safe discreet transportation, accommodation/business centre   and risk management services throughout the region with villas and offices in   both Tripoli & Benghazi.



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