Once again, this reporting period has seen major gains for the battle to take control of Sirte from Daesh extremists. Reports came in from the Tripoli based Bunyan Marsous Operation Room, that Daesh forces occupying the central city of Sirte were slowly being squeezed in a three-way pincer movement from the west, south and east. Pro GNA forces had gained momentum and were pushing back the Daesh forces to as little as five kilometres from the city centre of Sirte.
Later in the week, the advance, under cover of air strikes and heavy artillery, slowed as pro GNA fighters reached residential areas near the city centre. The Operations room stated, that progress had been hampered by suicide bombers, mines and snipers.
Reports received on Monday that GNA forces had reclaimed parts of the city of Sirte but were being met by resistance from Daesh, including sniper fire and Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (SVBIED). As Misrata based brigades advanced on Sirte from the west, a separate force (also aligned with the GNA forces) that controls some of Libya’s key oil terminals pushed Daesh back from the east.
Reports received on Tuesday that armed clashes broke out in Sabratah late Monday evening and that four people had been murdered. The head of the Sabratah Security department, Abdelsalam Shuwaya, said armed clashes using light weapons broke out between fighters from Al Matrad town and Zintan city and the Sabratah revolutionaries.
The Head of Investigations Bureau at the General Prosecutor’s office, Al-Saddiq Al-Soor, confirmed that 12 inmates were murdered on Friday dawn after being released Thursday from Al-Ruwaimi prison, which is located in Ain Zara in the suburbs of the capital, Tripoli.
The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has also called for an urgent investigation in to the killing of the 12 inmates. The United Nations said the killings may constitute international crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The capital has been plagued throughout the reporting week with long-lasting power cuts, some lasting up to 12 hours.
GECOL has warned that power supplies to Tripoli could collapse completely because of the refusal by certain areas in the city to accept power cuts. In Abu Sleem, controversial militia leader Abdulghani Kekli (usually known as Ghenaiwa), is reported to have threatened GECOL staff not to cut power to the district.
Citizens of the capital once again have been gathering in Martyrs square to object to the lack of liquidity, asking all Libyans to join them in the demonstrations. Demonstrators demanded that the Prime Minister, Fayez Serraj, to meet with them.
Media sources from Derna city said General Haftar militias’ warplanes bombarded a number of locations in Derna city Wednesday dawn, adding that the airstrikes were through a helicopter using a machine gun (19.5 mm) that eventually hit Derna port’s quay, causing only material damage.
General Hafter has remained anonymous this week as he continues his engagements in Benghazi ignoring the request from the UN and the GNA for a cease-fire.
For those of you who do not already know, please see below for a brief summary on the Merger / Acquisition between SNE Special Projects, Sterling Global Operations and Janus Security International into a new company called Janus Global Operations (JGO).
SNE Special Projects (SNE) have, as part of our dynamic growth strategy, been in discussions with Janus Security International Ltd (JSI) and Sterling Global Operations Inc (SGO), providers of integrated risk management, munitions response and logistic solutions. The result of these engagements is that the three entities, SNE, JSI and SGO, are now in the process of integrating and re branding under the name of Janus Global Operations (JGO).
These events will enable JGO to offer a fully integrated solutions approach, allowing us to provide a much broader capability and a greater reach in order to meet our client’s needs in austere locations around the world including Libya & Egypt where my main focus will remain.
Our strategy is predicated on maintaining continuity and our high standard of service delivery, as well as ensuring the current leadership team in Libya and Egypt led by myself continues to interface with our clients.
The integration will bring many benefits, for example, greater levels of project and asset capitalization and the operation of a Qualify Management System which conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008 and ANSI/ASIS PSC-1 standards, as well as HSE certification with OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004.
This plan has resulted in an increase in operations, projects and Janus Global’s ability to provide solutions to our clients across Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Somalia, Uganda, Nigeria, UAE, Mozambique, South Africa, Afghanistan and the USA, with prospective business in many more countries.
From a compliance and commercial perspective all current contracts with SNE will continue to run as normal in our name until the contracts either expire when we will re-engage with you at that point as JGO or we register JGO on your system and transition the contracts across. I will ensure you are kept informed on the progress of the rebranding and any changes of email addresses as and when it happens.
To find out more about our increased capability please review our new web site at http://www.Janusgo.com