Weekly Security Update by SNE Special Projects 13 October 2015

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The UNSMIL Special Envoy Bernardino Leon’s announcement to Libyans and the waiting World Media on  8 October, that at last all sides had reached an agreement and the names of the new Libyan Government would be announced ready for a October 20th formation was initially well received. As Libyans slept following the late night announcement the first ripples of discontent were forming and today there is anger and  mistrust at several of the names put forward. Many Benghazi residents reject the Misratan candidates, still feeling that Misrata covertly assisted Islamist terrorists in wreaking havoc in their city.

Zintanis state they too do not agree with the numbers of Misratan candidates put forward and selected, Tripolitanians wishing to just see an end to the fighting are largely supportive of the proposed parliament.

There are meetings taking place in Tripoli and Tobruk on 13th October to discuss the proposed agreement.

Electricity shortages of 12 hours plus daily have been occurring in Tripoli, with the fuel line from Zawia having been damaged by persons unknown, however it was reported a Zintan force attempted to cordon off the damaged pipes and prevent GECOL Engineers from fixing it, until a larger Militia force from Tripoli based         Militias came to their assistance. The road from Zawia to Tripoli remains closed as a protest by long suffering residents tired of the criminal gangs from Warsafana car-jacking on the coastal highway, this has meant that fuel trucks from Zawia refinery have also not reached Tripoli. There is a 200Km diversion used by desperate locals.

Tripoli and the West has seen a spate of murders this week, most notably the headless body of a man was found on the beach in Sebrata, his body showing severe signs of torture, the killing has been attributed to Daesh, who hold a presence in this Islamist leaning city.

In Tripoli a kidnap for ransom gone wrong led to the discovery of the dead body of Abdul Salam Al-Badri who was kidnapped from outside his Tripoli farm recently and a 4 Million Lyd demand made for his return, the family could not raise this amount and this may have led to his murder. His tied and chained up body was found inside a suitcase in the sea on Tripoli’s coastline, it is thought he may have still been alive when put in the water, yet another example of the ruthlessness of the criminal gangs involved in this heinous activity.

And Tripoli’s residents have been facing a plague of sand flies this week, many people reportedly hospitalised after being bitten and suffering high fevers and rashes and some may have permanent disfigurements with the poor sanitation in the city being cited as the cause of the infestation of mosquito type insects, Municipal councils are blamed for the piles of rotting garbage left in streets as diesel fuel shortages prevent collection.

Benghazi has seen relative calm this reporting period with Daesh reportedly severely damaged and LNA forces moving freely around areas previously declared under the ruthless Islamist gang’s control. Residents, still obey citywide nightly curfews but shops and markets report brisk daytime trade in many areas.

Daesh forces in Derna suffered another severe blow with the killing of one of their commanders Hamza Salim Attiya Abel who was trying to get supplies to his besieged colleagues when the Abu Salim brigade caught him and whilst arresting him he was shot and killed.

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