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Special forces halted and searched a truck in the Gwarsha area of the Benghazi; the vehicle was found to contain a quantity of shoulder-launched heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles, rumored to be SAM-7s, taken from Qaddafi's arsenal. The day before, on May 23, security forces seized a large arms cache in two neighboring houses in Gwarsha that included both heavy weapons such as antitank missiles and light arms. Authorities did not disclose who had amassed the weapons or their intended use; one man was arrested.
A group of armed assailants from "outside the area" attacked the Mellitah oil and gas complex west of Tripoli on May 20; the attackers wounded at least two guards, stole weapons, and made off with 20 vehicles. Guards at the Elephant oil facility in southwest Libya, one of the largest in the country, plan to strike in protest against alleged nonpayment of salaries; they are also demanding vehicles and equipment.
Police responding to reports of a clash at a tourist chalet outside Benghazi found gunmen and about 200 gelatina bombs as well as bomb-making materials. Nine people are being investigated; the military said the bombs were for fishing, not terrorism, but another report alleged the bombs belonged to a terrorist cell. A small bomb detonated near a closed Tripoli hotel; officials tried to suppress the story. Turkey has offered to help rebuild Libya's military.
The army's Thunderbolt battalion raided Benghazi's arms market, shutting it down after confiscating weapons along with contraband alcohol and drugs, and leaving 10 mobile units for security at the market. Bombs and an RPG were thrown at three army posts in Benghazi last night.
Two RPG missiles hit the offices of the Port Authority in Tripoli. An explosives-rigged car blew up near a hospital in Benghazi, killing nine people. A small bomb exploded outside a Benghazi police station. No suspects have been apprehended for any of these attacks.
In Benghazi, two police stations were attacked and a bomb exploded next to a military police camp. Gunmen killed an intelligence officer in Derna. BP followed the US, France, and the UK in pulling some staff out of Libya due to security concerns. Anti-militia protesters in Tripoli blamed Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood for supporting anti-government militias. The Justice Minister said an agreement had been reached with militiamen so they would relax their siege of the Foreign Ministry; in other reports he denied any such deal.
Scores of armed militiamen attacked anti-militia protesters in Tripoli, beating and kicking them and seizing a number of men including a Foreign Ministry official. Two police stations in Benghazi were bombed in coordinated attacks this morning; one person was injured. Britain evacuated some of its staff from the embassy in Tripoli due to ongoing security concerns. The US warned Americans to avoid non-essential travel in Libya, and a US military official said US forces in Europe are on alert due to deteriorating security in the country.
Militiamen continue to blockade the Foreign and Justice ministries. Prime Minister Zeidan said militiamen threatened him with a grenade and a gun during negotiations yesterday. Security forces evicted irregular brigades from 56 sites in and around Tripoli.
Defense Minister Barghathi resigned but then withdrew his resignation after being asked to remain by the prime minister and others. The government issued a statement denying that any of the ministers had resigned. Militiamen continue their siege of the Foreign and Justice Ministries. A Navy officer was assassinated in Benghazi. US military officials say that Ansar al Sharia, which was implicated in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, continues to operate freely in the city.
Militiamen blockaded the Foreign Ministry again, after pressing Congress to pass a law barring Gaddafi-era officials from holding public office. The militiamen now demand the removal of Prime Minister Zeidan. The Zeidan government has rejected allegations by Chad and Niger that Libya is harboring Islamist terrorists recently driven out of Mali. A top Libyan intelligence official stated that three new training camps for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have sprung up in southern Libya in the past few weeks. Local sources claim that al Qaeda had also planned to attack the British Council in Tripoli immediately after bombing the French Embassy on April 23.