Weekly Security Report by SNE, 11th March 2014

North   Western Libya: Another   busy week in and around Tripoli with the news being dominated by the attack   on Libya's official television station on Tuesday evening, with the attackers   firing rocket-propelled grenades at the troops guarding it before they were   driven off by reinforcements. The officials said the attackers were likely   the followers of militia leader Jumaa al-Shahm, who had controlled the Libya   TV station building in the capital Tripoli for several months before they   were ousted by government forces last week and al-Sham arrested. Crime is   still clearly on the rise in the capital with robberies of homes and car   jacking’s becoming more common especially in the outlying areas and airport   road either early in the morning or late in the evenings after dark.

Eastern   Libya: Regular incidents have   continued to occur throughout the east of the country with high profile killings   this week in Sirte, Benghazi and Derna which are the three main hot spots in   the eastern region at present. Following the murder of the French engineer Patrice Réal   last week, foreign medical workers inside Libya have offered their   resignations at the Benghazi Medical Centre showing their outrage of the   killing. Libya's defence ministry has issued orders to its military   authorizing the use of force to stop a North Korea-flagged tanker loading   crude oil sold by armed rebels in the east seeking to bypass the Tripoli   government. The latest reports have stated that the tanker that loaded an illegal shipment of oil   from Sidra port has been intercepted after it set sail and headed for international   waters. Everyone is keenly   monitoring the situation to see what comes of this incursion and where the   tanker ends up.

Southern   Libya: A truce has been   brokered between Tebu and Zwai fighters in the Kufra region with stability in   Kufra returning for the time being. The truce agreement came into full effect   once Omar Mukhtar Brigade forces finished setting up checkpoints and patrols   around the area. Protestors   at the Sharara oilfield in the south-west of the country who have been   preventing oil being pumped say they suspended their action on Saturday.   However they say they will be back in a fortnight’s time if their demands are   not met. The   suspension will have limited effect as the pipeline to the Zawia refinery and   terminal is still subject to separate action near Reyayna in the Jebel Nafusa   by members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard from Zintan who have turned down   the valves, demanding what had been described as compensation.

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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