Weekly Security Report by SNE Special Projects 9 February 2016

This week has seen the General National Congress (GNC) expel another eight members on the grounds that they had unlawfully taken part in the United Nations (UN) led dialogue.

Although the GNC takes the view that it has the right to appoint its own team to the Libya dialogue, the Libya dialogue is, in fact, at the invitation of the UN Special Envoy.

Last week saw the House of Representatives (HoR) reject the Government of National Accords (GNA) submission of its thirty two member government, and the HoR demand that the GNA resubmit a smaller government within ten days.

Reports received from Skhirat that the Presidency Council had reduced its numbers and in addition to its own nine members, the government will comprise of twelve ministries to which those appointed will come from Libya’s three historic regions, but not equally. Five would come from Tripolitania, four from Cyrenaica, and three from Fezzan. A further two ministries might also be appointed.

However the Presidency Council missed the ten day deadline that had been given to them by the HoR. It is expected that the Presidency Council will request an extension from the HoR to present them with the new Government.

The security situation within the capital has remained quiet this reporting week, with No reports of any significant incidents taking place.

The Tripoli court of appeal once again adjourned the trial of Saaid Gadhafi until the middle of March this year. The adjournment call came after a request from the defence lawyers that further pleas had to be collated and submitted.

Whilst in the west, Tunisia completed the first stage of a barrier along its border with Libya. It stretches one hundred and ninety six kilometres from the main border crossing Ras Jedir on the coast to Dehiba, the southern border crossing point, and is two kilometres away from the official border, inside Tunisian territory.

The second part of the barrier is currently under construction. The Tunisian authorities said that, once complete, it would be a total of five hundred kilometres in length.

The east saw reports that, the military intelligence commander in Misrata, had circulated an urgent telegram that demanded the closure of the main road from Misrata to Oboukran and bolster up all other checkpoints in the east, west and south leading to the city. This was reported to have been due to the possible threat of Daesh attempting to carry out operations on strategic locations within Misrata.

Sirte saw Daesh arrest a further fourteen civilians in the eastern district. Further reports revealed that Daesh was planning to carry out further executions of Salafists on Friday of next week.

The sniper struck once again in Sirte killing another Daesh commander. This is now the fourth Daesh commander that has been killed by the sniper in the area.

Further clashes have continued in areas of Benghazi throughout the reporting week between Libyan National Army soldiers, Ansar A Sharia and Daesh militants.

Whilst Derna residents once again reported unidentified aircraft carrying out airstrikes on Daesh positions.

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