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Mohammed Al Douri, a leading Islamist in Derna who was an associate of wanted ex-Gitmo detainee and Ansar al Sharia leader Sufian Bin Qumu, was shot dead on March 17; a Benghazi group has reportedly begun killing extremists on its "hit list." Gunmen in Tripoli kidnapped a former Interior Ministry official. An officer in the army's high readiness unit was assassinated in Tripoli; his brother was attacked last week. The UN voted to impose sanctions for the illegal export of oil from Libya. Ibrahim Jadhran urged the Arab League to intervene on behalf of Cyrenaica federalists over the oil tanker affair.
After a bombing at a Benghazi military academy that killed at least 11 people and wounded many more, Justice Minister Marghani urged Libyans to "declare war on terrorists who have been killing Libyans and foreigners in the cities of Benghazi and Derna," and said international help is needed in the fight as Libya has no military or police force to bring the terrorists to justice. An Iraqi Christian professor at the University of Sirte was shot dead. The bodies of two people with their hands chopped off were found in Benghazi. Libya and Egypt agreed to suspend visa requirements for some border area residents. Ibrahim Jedran, whose militia took over Libya's eastern oil ports last year, accused the US of "piracy" for escorting a renegade tanker with illicit oil back to Libya.
The US Navy intercepted a tanker laden with illicit Libyan oil and is returning it to port in Libya. As many as three car bombs detonated during a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Benghazi, killing 11 people and injuring 18 more. In separate car bomb attacks in Benghazi, an Air Force pilot was critically injured, and a soldier was killed. A group of men torched a secondary school in Derna, the fifth attack on Derna schools in the past year. Ousted prime minister Ali Zeidan said the current GNC head is "hostage" to Islamists; Zeidan also claimed to have refused the GNC's request to send arms to Syrian rebels.
In Derna, gunmen fatally shot four Islamists, and would-be robbers murdered two Derna bank employees. In Benghazi, two security officials were killed over the past two days, and a health official was murdered on March 13. Former prime minister Ali Zeidan called his ouster by the GNC invalid. Saudi authorities said Libyan Brotherhood members will be allowed into the kingdom for Haj and Umrah unless their names are on a list of banned individuals, despite the kingdom's recent designation of the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The UN has extended its support mission in Libya for another year.
The Libyan jihadist group Martyrs Brigades released a video showing its execution of a Free Syrian Army official in Libya in retaliation for the FSA's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The North Korean-flagged tanker that illegally took on oil evaded the Libyan Navy and was seen off the coast of Egypt; a Venezuelan-flagged tanker is now outside another Libyan oil port. The GNC gave Ibrahim Jadhran and his armed forces two weeks to hand over eastern oil terminals. An Indian doctor was shot dead in Derna on March 9.
New caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni was sworn in yesterday, and ousted former prime minister Ali Zeidan left for Europe. The GNC moved forward on a roadmap for new elections in July. The Tripoli Local Council is trying to remove armed groups from the capital. Misratan troops forced petroleum guards under the control of Ibrahim Jadhran out of parts of Sirte. A Benghazi police officer was fatally shot. The UN mission in Libya warned on March 10 that the country risks "embarking on a new trajectory of unprecedented violence."
Prime Minister Zeidan was sacked by the GNC, and the GNC voted to recall General Chief of Staff Jadallah Al-Obaidi. A North Korean-flagged tanker that illegally took on oil at Essider is on fire in international waters after being shot at by the Libyan Navy. Rebels clashed with government forces in Sirte.
Libyan vessels intercepted a North Korean-flagged tanker that illegally loaded oil, and escorted it to Misrata. The GNC issued an order authorizing militias in Tobruk, Benghazi, Sebha, Sirte, Misrata, and Tripoli to create a military force to bring the eastern oil terminals back under the government's control. The US warned of civil liability, penalties, and other sanctions for those illegally taking oil from Libya's terminals. In Benghazi, gunmen fatally shot a policeman and wounded another, and a bomb exploded under another police officer's car and killed him. Car bombs injured two people near Derna.
The Libyan Air Force refused orders to bomb a tanker that was illegally taking on oil at Essider. Prime Minister Zeidan said the Army refused orders from him and would answer only to the GNC and its commander in chief. A sum of $35 million was reportedly paid for the shipment and deposited in a Beida bank; the ship is said to be owned by a Saudi businessman. A former security officer was shot dead in Benghazi last night.
Five members of a suspected assassination squad were arrested in Sirte. Rebel protesters at the Essider port say they have begun exporting oil; a North Korean-flagged tanker said to be under Saudi ownership docked at the port this morning. Prime Minister Zeidan threatened to bomb the tanker and said arrest warrants were issued for its crew.