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The UN envoy warned that the conflict in Mali may spill over to Libya, and said 200,000 fighters remain in "revolutionary brigades" in Libya. More than 20,000 former revolutionary fighters are training for the police force. An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 personnel are needed to secure Benghazi. Two IEDs were thrown at an unused UN compound in Tripoli; no one was hurt.
The UK Foreign Office said it had become aware of a "potential threat" to its embassy in Tripoli. The British ambassador said the UK had withdrawn its citizens from Benghazi last week after receiving specific, accurate, and urgent "information about foreigners in Benghazi" who posed a threat. Misrata imposed new security measures after three security officials were killed.
The Foreign Minister warned that extremists networking in the Sahel have an Afghan connection and recommended strict control of the Algeria-Mali border. The nephew of the former head of the National Liberation Army was assassinated in Benghazi. A Misrata council member involved in the reconciliation process was murdered. Libya is strengthening security around its oil fields after a threat to one of them.
Western embassies warned their citizens to leave Benghazi over a "specific and imminent threat" in the city. Prime Minister Zeidan said his government "is serious in protecting our petroleum installations." Air Malta canceled flights between Benghazi and Tripoli over security concerns. Although the UK, Netherlands, and Germany have issued alerts, the Libyan interior ministry denied there was an increased threat to Westerners.