Weekly Security report by SNE, 8th April 2014

North Western: Tripoli was hit with multiple road closures on   Monday afternoon in relation to the civil disobedience strike that was   announced last week and commenced on Sunday. The airport road was closed off   by the Zintan militia on the southern end, with the northern end being   blocked off with burning tyres in the area of the MOI. Earlier in the week,   armed protests gathered outside the offices of the Prime Ministers building,   blockading the road and firing indiscriminately into the air. To the West of   Libya at the border with Tunisia, the crossing of Ras Jedir still remains   closed after the two countries failed to come to an agreement. The continuing   deterioration of the country has been noted by the EU departments of Foreign   affairs and security policy who are appointing a special personal advisor   specifically for Libya.

Eastern: During this last week the federalist or ‘Barqa’   self-proclaimed government, has been engaging in talks with the GNC and are   relinquishing the halts of some of the Oil terminals in the Eastern Region.   However they may hold onto the larger of the two terminals as bargaining   chips in the interim period. This is a huge step forward, resulting in the   much needed cash injection into the Libyan treasury. Sporadic fighting in the   city between armed groups left two people dead and one injured on Sunday   evening, in a separate incident Najat Allush a human rights activist narrowly   escaped an assassination attempt when his vehicle was shot at several times.   Benghazi airport was closed for a period over the weekend due to the call for   a national strike, with protesters claiming that this has been introduced due   to the real lack of security in the city. It has since re-opened for   International flights only, in line with that strike the eastern border   crossing with Egypt at Al Salloum has now been closed.

Southern: The murder of Salim Al-Qaddafi outside his   workplace, in the City of Sebha this week has been blamed on his loyalty to   the revolution. Although from the Qaddafi tribe it is believed that his   political views were the reason for his death. The staff at the nationwide Bank   which he worked for went on strike in all branches for several days, again to   protest at the vast lack of security, endemic to this region. Rival forces in   the South are still sporadically fighting, which the Islamist militants are   exploiting to their advantage, and gaining a stronger hold in this area due   to the weak government forces. Western countries are pledging support by   training new Libyan forces, but it could be several years before they are   strong enough to work without the Militia’s.

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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