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Libya Weekly Security Update

Security Update – 26 September 2014

Dear Shewes Travel readers, we advise you to read the security report from SNE before travelling to Libya.

Regional update

Tripoli and the West
Petrol shortages continue in the capital but with queues typically lasting for hours rather than days as was seen earlier in the year. More disruptive have been the server power cuts that have affected all areas of Tripoli. These have on occasion lasted over 16 hours, although more typically are for between 6-12 hours. The power cuts have a detrimental effect on mobile phone communications with the cell towers only able to provide a limited voice capability at best during power cuts. Bloxtons use a multi-layered approach for communications and client tracking which includes satellite based communications and tracking systems as well as multiple redundancy power supplies. This ensures client safety is maintained at all times and allows clients to continue to work effectively.

Muhammad al-Ammari, the director of the office of the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) was kidnapped in Tripoli, an event that may be linked to the current dispute regarding governance of the CBL. The Deputy Governor Ali al-Hibri is supportive of the HoR and had previously attempted to ensure they had access to funds.

Fighting with Warshefana continues to the East of Tripoli with those travelling to Tunisia by land now having the option of using a helicopter or boat service from Zuwara to Tripoli in order to avoid the area of fighting.

The East
Whilst the fierce fighting seen in previous weeks and the aerial bombardments have both reduced drastically there has been a notable rise in assassinations in Benghazi. On Friday 19th alone there were ten confirmed assassinations in Benghazi. The previously reported kidnapping of a bank manager in Benghazi was reportedly brought to an end after a ransom was paid. A Ukrainian doctor and his wife were also reported to have been kidnapped in the town.

Political Analysis

Libya’s predicament continues to worsen, but at the same time, the deepening quagmire brings with it some clarity which may help identify a way to resolve the crisis. On the one hand, the domestic political situation is becoming increasingly detached from reality. On the other hand, the Libyan crisis has attracted greater international attention and there seems to be a genuine effort on multiple fronts to promote dialogue among the clashing factions.

The House of Representatives (HoR) continues to spin its wheels in internal exile in Tobruk. The body has become so ridden with internal disputes (even though it can hardly project power beyond the floating hotel where it meets) that it cannot agree on Prime Minister Abduallah al-Thinni’s proposed cabinets. Al-Thinni has submitted two cabinets which have both been rejected by the HoR. Al-Thinni has been told he has just one more opportunity to submit a successful cabinet or he will have to resign and the HoR will elect another prime minister. It is unclear if the threat has teeth especially as there is no guarantee that whoever were to be appointed next as prime minister would be able to submit an acceptable cabinet either.

Meanwhile, the Misrata-led Alliance (MLA) in Tripoli continues to try to adopt the trappings of a government even though it has not domestic or international mandate. It has now appointed a Minister of Oil and Gas and in addition, former GNC president Nouri Abusahmain is undertaking diplomatic missions to rally support for his “government.”

But even while domestic political wrangling continues and while fighting persists, there appears to be increasing willingness on different sides of the conflict in Libya to enter into negotiations, even if only to create the impression that they privilege dialogue over confrontation. Talks were held in Madrid last week with representatives of the HoR and Libya’s neighbours, but excluded any of the factions with which the HoR is struggling. The United Nations International Support Mission in Libya (UNISML) also announced that it has set talks for all parties to the conflict on 29 September, but it remains to be seen if this date will hold and if all parties will indeed still be willing to participate.

One of the sticking points regarding negotiations is the appropriateness of including Libya Dawn representatives and members of the former government in discussions. After all, Libya Dawn has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the HoR and the former government has recreated itself precisely to challenge the authority of the HoR.

Here Algeria has struck out in a new direction. In comments in Washington, DC last week, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said that Algeria is prepared to mediate the Libyan crisis, but that it would require engaging all parties including Islamists and former Qadhafi supporters. While Algeria’s approach is likely the right one, it is very unlikely to gain traction in Libya. Libyans still harbour a profound distrust of Algeria, first for not rushing to support the 2011 rebellion, and second for welcoming some of Qadhafi’s family members as refugees on humanitarian grounds.

At the end of the day, though, talks may simply be for talks’ sake, with all parties trying to show a willingness to engage in dialogue, if only to create the appearance for their constituencies that they are not intransigent and opposed to peace.

Plasma Hotel**** - Tripoli
This very luxurious hotel is located just steps from Tripoli International Fair and a short walk to the city centre (Martyre Square). The hotel boasts wonderful views of the Tripoli city.
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Bab El Bahar Hotel**** - Tripoli
Bab El Bahar hotel is situated in the financial district of the city of Tripoli, it over looks the coast of the Mediterranean.
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Awal Hotel**** - Tripoli
Awal hotel is a new boutique hotel in Tripoli and with its central location, it offers the very best in modern hotel comfort. WELCOME!!!
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Four Seasons Hotel (1) - Tripoli
This luxuriously appointed hotel has been designed to reflect the mélange between the modernity and the Libyan traditional hosting.
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Al Khaleej Hotel*** - Tripoli
This charming and affordable hotel with cosy rooms and friendly English speaking staff is an easy stroll to the city centre.
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Al Kabir Hotel**** - Tripoli /Closed for renovation.
Al Kabir (Grand) is a 4 star hotel that is surrounded by gardens and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
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Al Saraya Hotel*** - Tripoli
The hotel enjoys an excellent location, in the town centre, just a few meters from the lovely Avenue Omar Al Mokhtar and is just opposite Tripoli International Fairground.
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Zumit Hotel*** - Tripoli
An ancient 3 star hotel from the Othman period used since it was built as a hotel and as a rendezvous for convey merchants coming from Africa and Europe.
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Tripoli International Hotel**** - Tripoli
This hotel is very nice. It's only been open for a couple of months so it feels very new and clean.
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Thobacts Hotel**** - Tripoli
Thobacts Hotel, located in the heart of Tripoli City, is within walking distance of Tripoli International Fair, Fatha Tower, Martyre Square and Lido beach.
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El Khan Hotel*** - Tripoli
A lovely 16c riad style boutique hotel, very tastefully decorated. The hotel boasts lovely plunge pool and very good restaurant. Perfectly located in the heart of the medina.
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Diplomatic Hotel*** - Tripoli
Diplomatic hotel is a newly opened star hotel and is located in the heart of Tripoli´s commercial center.
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Libya Hotel - Tripoli ***
The central location in one of Tripoli's most dynamic business districts gives you access to reach the Tripoli International Fairground, El Fatah tower and Burj Abu Lila within a few minutes walking distance.
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The Golden Chain Hotel *** - Tripoli
It's a lovely and charming hotel. Only 5 minutes walking distance from Tripoli International Fair.
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Al Okhwa Hotel*** - Tripoli
Al Okhwa hotel is one of the modern hotels in Tripoli and is located in the city centre only few meters from Tripoli International Trade Fair.
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Al Waddan Hotel***** Tripoli
This 5-star hotel is situated in the heart of Tripoli and nestles between the mature trees and shrubs that line the Corniche.
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Al Fousul Al Arbaa Hotel (2) ** - Tripoli
There's an abundance of creature comforts and delights at this centrally located hotel. Close to Tripoli International Fair, Martyre Sqaure and Tripoli's old town (medina).
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Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel ***** - Tripoli
This 5 star hotel is Located in one of the fanciest neighbourhoods in Tripoli.
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Al Kendi Hotel** - Tripoli
It is one of the excellent hotels which is located in the middle of Tripoli city.
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Al Andalus Hotel ** Tripoli
This stylish two-star is located in the city centre of close to businesses, shopping centres and area attractions.
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Assafi Hotel** -Tripoli
The friendly, peaceful 2-star Assafi hotel is ideally located on a small, quiet street and right across from Tripoli International Fair.
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Thuria Hotel *** - Tripoli
Thuria hotel is ideally situated to make the most of any trip to Tripoli.
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Ashajara Hotel*** - Tripoli
Ashajara hotel is a 3 star hotel located in Dahra area, which is in the heart of the city. Its unique location grants the residents an easy access to the Tripoli utilities & services.
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Safwa Hotel*** - Tripoli
SAFWA hotel is a First Class, 3 star hotel that has been uniquely designed in suites. It is located in the the old Italian quarter in the center of Tripoli.
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Zahrat El Khaleej Hotel *** - Tripoli
A charming Hotel that is located in the city centre. The hotel offers a reasonable price for good standard accommodation
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Yousser Hotel Tripoli **
Yousser hotel is located in the Italian old quarter Dahra, close to the Embassy of Italy and Al Wadan hotel.
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Bait Al Sharq Hotel*** - Tripoli
Bait Al Sharq Hotel provides the value for money hard to find in this area.Extremely well located.
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Radisson Blu Hotel***** Tripoli
Coming soon. The hotel is Located in one of the fanciest neighbourhoods in Tripoli. Location: 800 meters from Green Square.
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Al Rayan Hotel*** - Tripoli
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