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Libya's escalating gun problem

Tuesday's attack by gunmen on the headquarters of Libya's interim government was not the first time when former revolutionaries had used their weapons to enforce their demands and it probably won't be the last. Around 200 ex-fighters with 50 vehicles armed with multiple rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns surrounded the headquarters of the government. The clash […]

Libya PM office attacked by gunmen

The office of Libya's interim prime minister in the capital, Tripoli, has been attacked by gunmen believed to be ex-rebels demanding payment. Mohamed Alsabee, from the PM's media office, has told the BBC there was gunfire inside the building. A dozen pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns are surrounding the building, says the BBC's Rana […]

Weekly Security Review

Projections Tripoli will remain calm, although as elections approach in the coming weeks there will be an increased risk of political demonstration in central areas of the city, and around government buildings and major hotels housing foreign media, who are likely to return in time for the polls. Benghazi will also remain calm overall, but […]

Libya's Agoco cuts oil output further due to protests

Libya's Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) has cut oil production by another 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) due to protests that have closed off its headquarters for nearly two weeks, a spokesman said on Saturday. Protesters have prevented employees from entering Agoco's office since April 23, calling for more transparency over how Libya's new rulers […]

Weekly Security Review

Projections Reports of a recent vote of no confidence in the government of Abdurrahim al-Keib are likely to increase political uncertainty in the run up to elections. The reports may prove to be premature, although the evident cracks between the government and NTC are causing increased concern over political stability in the run up to […]

Libya grants immunity to 'revolutionaries'

Libyan authorities on Thursday granted immunity to former rebels who fought to oust Moamer Kadhafi's regime and unveiled legislation that cracks down on the fallen strongman's supporters. "There is no punishment for acts made necessary by the February 17 revolution," read the law published on the National Transitional Council's website. The immunity covers "military, security […]

Libya Oil Office Disruption Hearkens Renewed Risk

For more than a week, armed men have prevented workers from entering the headquarters of one of Libya's leading oil producers, claiming they had protected the company and deserved compensation for it, local oil officials say. The conflict, which has so far not affected Libya's oil output, highlights the brittle nature of Libya's oil recovery. […]

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Libya Interior Ministry Takes 70,000 Former Rebels Under Its Wing

Libya's ministry of interior, has absorbed 70 000 former rebels turned revolutionaries who helped oust the former dictatorial regime of Muammar Gaddafi from power after 42 years of power, under its command, Omar al-Khadrawi, deputy interior minister, said. They have become interior ministry employees and are to receive wages. They will help the country's fight […]