Weekly Security Summary by SNE 29.04.2014

North-Western:   During the last reporting period in Libya one of   the most significant events was the high profile visit of US Deputy Secretary   of State William Burns to Tripoli, he warned that "Libyan rulers should   undertake their responsibilities in overcoming the current unrest within a   two month period and failure to do this would possibly risk the country being   taken over by the international community." Earlier this week the son of   late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a group of past government   officials took to the stand either in person or via video link in a Tripoli   court on Sunday to face individual charges ranging from war crimes to mass   corruption in a major test of the state's commitment to the rule of law. The   current Libyan Prime Minister Al-Thinni stated within the last week that the   recent high profile kidnapped Jordanian Ambassador and two other   Tunisian diplomats are apparently in good health and also stated that efforts   are currently underway in order to secure their release. Positive news   reported within the last week is that British Airways resumed flights into   Tripoli International Airport on Monday 28 April, In addition to a number of   other international airlines which cancelled services into Tripoli   International Airport in late March due to security concerns.

 

Eastern:   Significantly the eastern oil port of Zueitina,   which has been extensively occupied by rebels as part of an ongoing eight-month   oil blockade will reportedly reopen after the damage at its facilities has   been assessed, this information was recently released by the country's   justice minister. The reopening of four oil export terminal has been delayed   with the rebels accusing the government of not fulfilling all parts of the   deal. Under the agreement the rebels will be reintegrated in a state oil   security force from which they defected last summer when they occupied ports   to press for a share of oil exports. The daily occurrence of violence   has continued in Benghazi with the recent discovery of the body of a murdered   woman. A significant IED blast shook the entrance to the Special   Forces base camp in Benghazi on the morning of 29th April with   reports of several injuries.

 

Southern:   Remains unstable with on-going tribal fights and   issues with the border controls. AQIM have free passage through most of this   region and still maintain family connections with some of the Tuareg tribes.   There have been reports that more armed groups have mobilised around oil fields   and other energy installations. Rival forces in the south are continually   sporadically fighting, which the Islamist militants continue to exploit to   their advantage, and gaining a stronger hold in the southern areas due to   weak government control.

 

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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