Weekly Security Report by SNE Special Projects 8 July 2014

Travellers should be aware of the increased risk to   their safety at this time, as attacks in Libya have often increased during   the month of Ramadan with the threat to foreign nationals being highlighted   once again on 05 July with the kidnapping of three European workers in the Zuwara   area.

Tensions eased in west Tripoli following two nights of   erratic clashes between a local Janzour brigade and a security unit manned by   members of Zintan’s Sawaq Brigade. However mediation by elders from the   respective towns appears to have averted more serious outbreaks of violence   that had been anticipated with the spirit of Ramadan and the capital’s   ability to avoid trouble at the last minute appearing to have prevented any  serious outbreak of violence.

Fighting continued in Benghazi over the weekend, with   clashes using heavy weaponry reported from the Hawari and Sidi Faraj   districts, while a police station in the north-central Benghazi district of   al Sabri suffered a missile attack on Sunday.

Provisional results from the 25 June 2014 elections   were released on Saturday, however final results are not expected until 20   July 2014. Some of the results have been surprising as a number of   front-runners including former members of the General National Congress (GNC)   saw their lead reversed and less prominent candidates win in their districts.   The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) also stated that twelve seats   had not been filled, due to the inability of voters to cast their ballots for   various reasons. It remains unclear whether fresh elections will be held in  these districts, such as Derna, it is unlikely that the situation will   improve sufficiently to hold rerun elections.   HNEC revealed that it had annulled results   from twenty-four polling stations due to evidence of fraud. HNEC also revealed   that it had annulled results from twenty-four polling stations due to   evidence of fraud.

SNE assesses that travel   to Libya should be put on hold at present unless for business essential   reasons only and advises that stringent security and travel management plans   are in place. An itinerary specific pre-travel risk assessment including   mitigation measures are recommended. In-country personnel should be confident   in their evacuation procedures and crisis management plans and in light of   the current situation these should be checked and updated where necessary.

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. Car   Jacking’s are on the rise and we advise clients to look closely at their   method of travel within Tripoli using alternative routes, timings and   vehicle’s where possible.

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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