|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.