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Tripoli airport was closed after missiles were fired at the runway and the control tower. An official of the Central Bank in Tripoli was kidnapped. A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped in Tripoli on March 21. Staff blockaded the Military Intelligence headquarters in Tripoli to protest the appointment of Salah Badi, a former Air Force officer, as the new head. A colonel and a soldier were shot dead in separate attacks in Benghazi. Sebha airport has remained closed due to insecurity for the past three months.
Gunmen killed a soldier in Benghazi today and a navy recruit in Derna on March 21. Gunmen robbed a bank van in Derna of $600,000. An Italian who worked for a construction company in Tobruk was kidnapped. In Zawia, the military's former Chief of Staff was abducted and then released. The forces of Ibrahim Jadhran pushed one of three occupying brigades out of a military camp in Ajdabiya.
The US sailors who escorted the renegade oil tanker Morning Glory back to Libya have handed it over to the Libyan navy. Hours earlier, 16 people were killed in clashes between Libyan troops and separatist rebels in Ajdabiya, the hometown of Ibrahim Jathran, whose forces are blockading eastern oil terminals. The Tunisian ambassador denied reports that a member of his diplomatic staff was kidnapped in Tripoli. A rocket hit the offices of the intelligence department in Tripoli last night.
The airport in Tripoli has reopened after a missile attack that was later reported to be a small bomb. A tanker loaded with illicit oil is being escorted back to Libya by 25 US sailors, who have taken custody of three Libyans who had commandeered the ship from its crew. Japan donated $5 million for the UN project to secure Libya's weapons and explosives stockpiles slated to start in April. Two vehicles belonging to an independent TV station were blown up in Benghazi. Bombs were thrown at a police station in Sabri. The head of the Air Force was sacked.
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.