Weekly Security Report by SNE 4th March 2014

North   Western Libya: Another   busy week in and around Tripoli with an incident at the GNC on Sunday night   when a group of protesters stormed the General National Congress (GNC) in   downtown Tripoli wounding  two members of the interim parliament. The GNC which was elected after the 2011 armed   uprising that toppled the former regime has stirred up popular anger by   extending its mandate from early February until the end of December.

Eastern   Libya: Regular incidents have continued   to occur throughout this last week in Benghazi and the eastern region with   the high profile shooting of a French national on his way to work in his car   with his driver who survived with only minor injuries. Patrice Real worked   for “Ideal Medical Project Engineering” (IMPE) at Benghazi medical centre.   Separately a gunmen in Benghazi also shot and wounded an Egyptian who had   been working in a grocery store, while a Libyan police officer survived an   assassination attempt. Several groups of protestors with different demands   caused severe disruption at Benghazi’s Benina Airport this week. The airport   was not officially closed, but there was an issue all day with people   blocking the passenger terminal,” Director General of Libya’s Civil Aviation   Authority (LYCAA) Captain Nasereddin Shaebelain said the protestors, who   were blocking the entrance to the airport, were family members of the pilots   lost when an Air Force helicopter went missing on 12 February. The   head of Sirte’s military council, Makhlouf bin Nasser al-Fergani, was   assassinated on Saturday by unknown gunmen. He was travelling in a   blacked out Chevrolet when bullets were fired at the vehicle, killing   al-Fergani at the scene.

Southern   Libya: More than 100 rockets   fired in clashes between rival government-paid militia have knocked out a   power plant (Sarir) in southern Libya, heightening the risk of summer   blackouts, the electricity minister said on Tuesday. "This is the   chaos Libya lives in," the visibly-annoyed minister, Ali   Mohammed Muhairiq, told a televised news conference that The plant was hit by   120 rockets.

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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