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The army said it has not been ordered to move against forces blockading the eastern oil ports. Qaqaa Brigade commander Abu Othman Milaiqtah set off gunfire in front of the Congress building because he had to wait for a meeting with President Abu Sahmain. Foreign Minister Abdelaziz announced the destruction of all of Libya's usable chemical weapons, including 517 artillery projectiles, eight mustard gas bombs, and 45 bomb components. Libya still needs to destroy its Category 2 chemical precursor agents; the deadline is December 2016. In Benghazi, a TV station was hit by an explosion; a bombing at a school injured 12 children; gunmen attacked a hospital yesterday, injuring several patients; an official escaped an assassination attempt in Gwarsha; and Salafist sheikh Rafah Abdullah Al-Hadar was shot and seriously wounded. Niger called for a Western intervention against terrorists in southern Libya.
Libyan and US officials said all of Libya's remaining chemical weapons have been destroyed during a secret US-led operation over the past three months at a site in the Libyan desert. The French foreign ministry denied reports that US commandos are operating in southern Libya to eradicate al Qaeda forces there. In Derna, an air force colonel was assassinated and a businessman was murdered.
Authorities said 55 inmates escaped from Tripoli's Bawabat Al-Jibs prison after overpowering the five guards on duty. The jailbreak reflects the instability plaguing the country; in July over 1,000 prisoners escaped from al-Kweifiya prison near Benghazi. A Maltese ferry company filed a claim for financial damages resulting from extended laytime during the evacuation of US personnel in Libya in February 2011.
A retired Libyan colonel was assassinated in Benghazi yesterday, and the son of another Benghazi security official died from gunfire wounds received a day earlier. A driver for the military police was wounded in a separate attack yesterday. Two soldiers were kidnapped in Benghazi, and the body of a man who had been shot in the head was found in the city. Members of the 427 Brigade, traveling in 32 armed vehicles, fired Grad missiles into the Al-Shola oil facility and the Sarir power station, injuring two people and hitting electrical turbines and setting workers' housing on fire.
The son of a colonel in Benghazi's special forces was shot dead and a friend was injured by gunmen; the attack follows the kidnapping of the son of the commander of Benghazi's special forces yesterday. One man was killed and two injured in clashes between Benghazi's Special Forces and the 17 February Brigade after yesterday's kidnapping. A Benghazi pilot died from injuries received in an assassination attempt.
The son of Benghazi's special forces commander was kidnapped in Benghazi. Following the kidnapping, clashes broke out in the city, including at a checkpoint in Gwarsha controlled by Ansar al Sharia. France has denied reports that it plans to intervene militarily in southern Libya. Regional militias secured Sebha airport.
Gunmen in Tripoli attacked the armored car of Deputy Prime Minister and acting Interior Minister Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahman, but he escaped the attempted assassination. Gunmen in Benghazi kidnapped an engineer and tried to murder a pilot on Jan. 27. A cameraman was wounded by gunfire during clashes in Kufra yesterday. The UN Mission in Libya expressed concern about deteriorating security in the Warshefana area. Army troops and revolutionaries claimed to have recaptured a Sehba airbase from pro-Ghaddafi forces; the latter have attacked a local castle.
Libyan Revolutionaries Operation Room head Shaaban Hadia Al-Zway, who was freed in a prisoner swap for five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats, is awaiting repatriation from Egypt; authorities said he had been detained because his Egyptian residency had expired, not for al Qaeda links. A Benghazi media activist escaped an attempted car bombing. Gunmen assassinated the head of the local council in Reyayna and injured another man. International flights in and out of Sirte airport have been suspended. The government still has not provided troops to quell fighting in Sebha, and said the reason reinforcements have been kept in Jufra is "classified."
Five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats, as well as Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room head Shaban Hadia Al-Zway, who was arrested two days ago in Alexandria on suspicion of links to al Qaeda, were reportedly freed after kidnappers holding the five diplomats gave Egypt 24 hours to release him. As a precaution, Egypt had evacuated staff from its embassy in Tripoli and consulate in Benghazi yesterday. Sebha is now said to be calm, but 99 people have been killed and 139 wounded in recent clashes; promised government forces never arrived. Schools and universities in Janzour, a few miles west of Tripoli, were closed due to ongoing clashes.
Five Egyptian diplomats were kidnapped in Tripoli, reportedly in retaliation for the arrest of Libyan Revolutionaries Operation Room head Shaaban Masoud Khalifa a.k.a. Abu Obaida Al-Zawy, who was detained last night in Alexandria, Egypt, on suspicion of links to al Qaeda. During a Benghazi special forces raid on a militant Islamist cell, four militants were arrested, a special forces member was killed, and a hit list with names of police and military officials was seized. A Benghazi radio presenter and former security official was in stable condition following an assassination attempt.
An armed group attacked the Sarir oil field with heavy weapons and cut the main power line that provides electricity from the Sarir power plant to Benghazi and other towns, including Kufra and Jalo. In Benghazi, two civilians were murdered and a businessman who had been kidnapped was found dead with marks of torture on his body. Army reinforcements arrived in Sebha, where two more people died in clashes. Libya's Grand Mufti told revolutionaries to "eliminate" criminals and insurgents in Warshefana and in Sebha.
The Congress commissioned President Nuri Abu Sahmain to assume the role of Commander in Chief for a month to deal with instability in the country, including ongoing clashes in Sebha. Five alleged Ghaddafi supporters were killed when security forces discovered the large group they were with; the rest of the group escaped. Fighting resumed in Janzour and Wershefana. A South Korean trade official who was kidnapped on Jan. 20 in Tripoli was freed. Reporters Without Borders condemned the recent attacks on journalists and urged the establishment of a responsible judiciary.
Two special forces members and an unidentified person were killed by a car bomb in Benghazi. Amid deteriorating security in Kufra, two people were killed and three were wounded by mortar fire in clashes between Tebus and Zwais. Prime Minister Zeidan said security has been regained in Sebha after the arrival of troops yesterday, and that more troops are on their way. An Italian cemetery in Mansoura was attacked for a third time in less than a week.
The government denied rumors that foreign forces have entered through Libya's southeastern border. Three journalists were beaten near Sebha by alleged pro-Ghaddafi fighters before being released. Heavy clashes continued south of the Tripoli suburb of Janzour. Five ministers from the Islamist Justice and Construction Party resigned from the government.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is said to be regrouping and moving freely between bases in Libya and neighboring countries; one base is in the Akkakush mountains near the Algerian border. The lack of a functioning military and police force is hampering efforts to maintain security, as clashes continue in the south. The Sarir power station closed due to security concerns. In Tripoli, a South Korean official was kidnapped, a candidate for the constitutional drafting committee escaped being assassinated, tensions remained in Warshefana and Janzour after the kidnapping of two local officials, and a guard at an Italian cemetery was killed and graves were damaged. In Benghazi, two security force members were murdered, another was injured by a grenade attack, and a police official escaped a car bombing.