Weekly Security Update by SNE Special Projects 3 September 2015

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Tripoli’s long run of no reported major incidents ended on Monday 31 October early evening when a car bomb exploded in the Dahra District near to Mellitah Oil and Gas, a joint venture between Italian energy giant ENI and the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), the area is home to several International Embassies, although these are mostly closed. There were no reports of casualties and the traffic returned to normal after a few hours. There were reports of three cars burning in a street and extensive structural damage to Mellitah’s building. Daesh were quick to claim responsibility on twitter, boasting that “their brave soldiers had been able to bomb the apostates” Interestingly but not assessed as related the NOC have just returned following meetings in London with major Oil and Gas companies operating in Libya.

Previously on Thursday 27 an illegal checkpoint set up by Warsafana Militia near to Bridge 17 in Janzour led to one man being killed and five seriously wounded when the Janzour Knights militia intervened acting on reports of cars being stolen, SNE teams nearby at the time reported a 30 minute gun battle and the road closed both ways for some time.

South of Tripoli on the El-Sbiaa road unknown gunmen attacked a checkpoint killing five Tribes Army militia and kidnapping a further five in this very dangerous flashpoint area, where Zintan and Warsafana forces are so close to Libya Dawn positions that fighting breaks out often.

Tripoli currency traders have gone “underground” following a series of arrests made by RADA deterrence forces who blame the traders for the recent collapse of the dinar and for profiteering following its collapse.

Three suspected People-Smugglers were arrested and paraded before Libyan TV in Zuwarra following the latest tragedy which saw several dozen dead women and children’s bodies lying washed up on the coas having drowned, local residents expressed their anger and a spontaneous demonstration occurred in Zuwara as residents decided to protest at the thriving people-smuggling activities in their town.

The Mayor of Sabrata, Hatem Al Zawaghi resigned this week citing a lack of funding to run his administration, he has only been in office one year having taken over when the previous mayor resigned, interestingly Tripoli’s Mayor is still fighting his recent removal from office and has called in Lawyers to act on his behalf.

UNSMIL led peace talks in Morocco stalled as the GNC abstained due to the head of their committee resigning, all parties are due to reconvene on 03 September in Geneva with Bernardino Leon declaring that “time is running out fast” now with the Daesh threat growing and the Libyan currency fast collapsing and a 21 September date has been given as a final deadline.

The Daesh threat remains high in the Eastern towns of Sirte and Derna where in the latter a three hour siege on a Daesh militants property led to the death of several innocent children and a Mujahedeen council member being decapitated when he attempted to intervene and negotiate a surrender, his head being dumped in the street led to Mujahedeen forces storming the building and killing the terrorist within identified as Abdul Karim Badr. Daesh then retaliated by firing shells indiscriminately into residential neighbourhoods. Daesh further reported that they have many foreign fighter recruits due from Sabrata to bolster their numbers in Benghazi.

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