Weekly Security Report By SNE 17 March 2015

SNE Special Projects have operated within Libya since the revolution of 2011 and are a fully licensed security provider working with our Libyan partner company. We have kept our permanent British & Libyan Country Management Team in Tripoli throughout the last few difficult months, supporting our clients staff and critical infrastructure and offering up to date, regular and accurate reporting throughout this period. We are now in a strong position to advise and support our clients as they look to plan their re-entry back into Libya as and when the current situation stabilises and allows for remobilization. We have a vast amount of experience of supporting clients from the media, telecoms, power generation & NGO sectors. For more information on our services within Libya please email us at [email protected]

SNE Libya Security Summary

Following The UN Sponsored peace talks will resume on 19th in Morocco. All parties have declared an interest in attending. Eight members of the House of Representatives who had previously been boycotting the body returned to Tobruk yesterday, the pro HoR LANA news agency reported. The Representatives had chosen to boycott the HoR for eight months and the event of their return was surprisingly greeted with minimal fanfare or comment from either side of the political divide. The House of Representatives (HoR) has instructed Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni to reinstate the suspended Interior Minister Omar Al-Sinki. In a letter directed to the Prime Minister yesterday, HoR President Agheela Saleh instructed Thinni to enable Sinki to resume his duties effective Sunday. The letter said that this decision was based on the results of the investigation by the pertinent committee.

Fighting intensified on Sunday evening between militiamen of the Central Shield’s Third Force and government forces in the area around Brak Al-Shatti, whose airbase is a strong point for the Misrata-led force.

Zintan airport was bombed by Libya Dawn aircraft on Saturday. Zintan correspondent reported that three aircraft targeted the civilian airport with what he referred to as new type of high explosive bombs not used in previous air raids. However, he reported that the bombs which had landed on the runway had failed to cause any damage to property or cause any injury to any people. Some of the bombs had failed to detonate, the report stated, and were subsequently destroyed in a controlled detonation.

Libyan women being given UN-sponsored training on conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation have demanded that the make-up of government should be at least 45 percent female.

Daesh claimed responsibility for an Explosion at a Police Checkpoint in Eastern Tripoli’s Janzour district in which 1 x Policeman was killed and 5 x Policemen were hurt. Another  car bomb exploded outside a prominent Militia HQ in Misrata. No reported casualties. No group has claimed responsibility yet. One policemen was killed and five were injured after an explosive device was detonated at the Ghiran checkpoint in the western region of Tripoli this afternoon. The attack on the checkpoint comes only 3 days after a bomb  exploded outside the police station in the central Tripoli district of Zawiet Al-Dahmani. That attack, which was claimed by IS, caused no deaths or injuries. There was damage to the police station and to cars.

Fighting intensified this evening between militiamen of the Central Shield’s Third Force and government forces in the area around Brak Al-Shatti, whose airbase is a strong point for the Misrata-led force.

Al Thinnis HoR Government seeking to make new contract with International companies to supply 750mw of power in the East. A total power blackout hit the eastern region of Libya on Saturday morning, GECOL reports. The blackout, which occurred twice in the same day, was as a result of the lack of operators at the local Sirte Oil Company-owned gas station, the main supplier to the Benghazi North power station.

The Maltese based charter airliner Medavia has suspended flights to and from Tripoli’s Mitiga airport as a result of the repeated air raids on the airport by pro House of Representatives fighters.

Due to the current ongoing unstable and unpredictable security situation within Libya, SNE are recommending that at this moment in time clients only carry out business essential travel trips to Libya, these trips should only be undertaken within Tripoli city limits and no movement should be attempted in the hours of darkness or near certain flash point areas such as Tripoli International Airport and surroundings districts, GNC buildings and hotels known to be frequented by internationals which could prove to be flash points for further incidents.

Due to the attack on the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli on the 27 January, hotels in Tripoli are now being looked at again from a security perspective and for the time being we recommend only using safe accommodation which has been authorised for use.

Locally employed client staff within Libya should continually practice extra vigilance and caution regarding their personal security, in addition anything classed as suspicious should be reported to the SNE Security Tripoli Operations Manager at the first opportunity.

We are advising No movement to the western area of Libya in and around Kikla and Rujban and other surrounding areas where fighting is still ongoing between the Zintan and Libya Dawn militia groups. Sporadic fighting between rival tribal factions is also currently ongoing in the areas of Ubari, Sabha & Murzuq and we are advising our clients Not to travel to these southern areas at present.

We are still presently advising NO travel should be made to Benghazi until the current situation shows signs of stability and Operation Dignity forces have full control of the city and transportation methods of entering and leaving Benghazi are open again.

SNE are supporting our clients at present in Tripoli with business essential travel visits and are offering a full turnkey security risk management, safe transportation with secure accommodation and life support package based from our Tripoli villa.

The British FCO and US State Department are still advising against travel to Libya and are monitoring the security and political situation before considering remobilisation plans back into Libya.

SNE remains fully operational on the ground within Tripoli, where our British Country Management Team are able to support any of our existing and additional clients requests and provide up to date accurate information and analysis on the ever changing situation to those clients who are currently out of country monitoring the situation with an aim to re-deploying when the security and political situation allows.

Before considering travel to Libya, 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 with the appropriate level of support in country to activate the plans when required. 

To discuss further how SNE can support your projects in Libya please contact us by email at [email protected] or call our Dubai office on +971 44561542 / +971 503786803

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