SNE Weekly Security Summary 1st April 2014

North Western   Libya: There has been a spike in kidnappings in the Tripoli area over this   last reporting period, a bank official in Salahadeen, a newspaper editor in   Al-Watan newspaper who had been vocal against the militias and two employees   of biotech in Twesha have all been kidnapped. This last event provoked a   strong backlash from members of the Suq al Juma and Tajoura militiamen who   blocked off Seka road in the city centre with burning tyres and small arms   fire could be heard in the vicinity. These militiamen are enveloped in a tit   for tat saga with the Warshfana tribe and several members of each have been   kidnapped in recent weeks. It is anticipated that this could escalate to more   armed clashes in the Tajoura and South west Janzour areas. In the rest of the   City fuel stations had high queues for several days, when supplies to here   became low. There is a renewed risk of power outages as the Ruwais power   station has been threatened with closure by local protestors. Flights from   major airlines are still on temporary hold until the situation has been   re-evaluated by the individual airlines. The airport road outside the MOI was   partially closed this week, as a show of force by the Zintani militia who   still control most of the Tripoli International Airport.

Eastern Libya: In Benghazi has again seen a number of murders this past week. A   renowned poet from the revolution days and a senior officer for the local   security directorate were both shot and killed. In addition another Egyptian   christian was also killed in the Gwarsha district, which re-affirms that   foreign nationals are still being actively targeted in this area. Two bombs   in Benghazi were detonated in the last few days, one destroying a cigarette   kiosk the other a car showroom where several vehicles were destroyed, both   incidents are being blamed on local Salafist groups. After the recent fight   between opposing forces in the city of Ajdabiya, it has been reported that   Jadhrans Militia are currently heading west to reinforce their position on   the Barqa border at Wadi Al Ahmar. This would indicate Jadhran is still   opposed to relinquishing his control over the Oil terminals in the east and a   deal is still not forth coming.

Southern Libya: The airport at Sebha remains closed due to security concerns, with   local tribes fighting over territory, it has been closed for the past 3   months. In the nearby town of Brak Al-Shatti a 200 year old tomb of a Sufi   teacher was desecrated by an unknown group, although local residents believe   it was the work of Salafists. The Regions’ remote location and general   lawlessness could potentially escalate criminal activity and further hinder   any progress for the populace.

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 including Benghazi   and many other hot spots in the eastern region of the country will 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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