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Ansar al Sharia released photos of its members patrolling in Benghazi, and complained that its Facebook account was shut down for the 10th time. An imam who was a former top security official was killed by a car bomb in Benghazi. A number of embassies in Tripoli are said to be "extremely upset" by last week's violence; at least two hotels housing embassies were hit, and guests, including senior diplomatic staff, were terrorized and robbed. The Turkish and Italian embassies were among those affected. Members of a brigade charged with guarding stores of yellowcake uranium in Sebha have gone on strike over unpaid salaries.
By a slim majority vote, the congress authorized the Libya Revolutionaries Operation Room, which briefly kidnapped the prime minister last month, to continue providing security for Tripoli. The National Oil Company is sending a tanker to Tobruk to try to lift the blockade from eastern oil and gas export terminals. Protests at the Mellitah gas complex and the Zawia oil refinery resulted in a cutoff of gas to Italy. Two former security officials in Derna were injured by car bombings. Prime Minister Zeidan continued his efforts to dismantle militias by threatening to stop wages for non-registered fighters, and calling for former rebels to turn in their weapons and join the security forces.
Italy's foreign minister said Libya is "absolutely out of control" and noted that ENI, Libya's biggest foreign oil partner, has threatened to close wells. "Protesters" have closed all of eastern Libya's export terminals. Only hours after a Libyan military "show of force" in Benghazi, an officer in the municipal guard was shot and killed. A legal adviser to the Benghazi Defence ministry was kidnapped two days ago. The general prosecutor for the Jebel Akhdar region was killed by a car bomb in Derna, which currently has no security forces or government.
Heavy fighting erupted in east Tripoli after reports that the leader of the Misrata Nosoor Battalion had been killed at a checkpoint; two people have been killed and 21 wounded. A central Tripoli hotel has been hit in the ongoing clash, and guests are being evacuated. A Benghazi security official narrowly escaped being killed by a bomb inside his car. A 3,000-man group called the Army of the Islamic State of Libya, under the command of Yousef bin Tahir, announced its formation in Derna, in a statement on a Qatar-backed TV station.
After three days of debate, the GNC still has not decided on the fate of the Libya Revolutionary Operations Room. Shaban Hadia, the head of the LROR, denied pressuring the GNC in its deliberations, but did admit that the LROR deployed at the GNC yesterday and "are just protecting it" from an unspecified "threat." A commander of the Misrata Nosoor battalion was injured in a clash at a Tripoli checkpoint. A major in Benghazi's General Intelligence unit died after his car was bombed. A bomb failed to detonate outside Benghazi hospital.
Defense minister Al-Thini said a new military governor is being appointed for Benghazi and that the Benghazi Joint Security Room has been reorganized. Congress voted to disband the Libyan Revolutionaries' Operations Room, which had briefly kidnapped Prime Minister Zeidan last month. Last week the BJSR reported that some 400 armed vehicles with LROR members had arrived in Benghazi from the west to help secure the city; some sources claimed they were Islamist revolutionaries. Ansar al Sharia released video of its charitable operations in Derna and Benghazi. Government militias clashed in Tripoli.
Fifteen inmates were wounded in a riot in Benghazi's biggest prison; gunmen firing from outside wounded a guard. A soldier was killed by a mine in Benghazi. A member of the government-financed February 17 brigade was killed in a car bombing in Benghazi, along with his wife and two children. A Benghazi restaurant popular with women was bombed. Prime Minister Zeidan said Italy will start conducting aerial and electronic surveillance of Libya's borders, from Owaynat, in the southeast near Sudan, all the way to the Libyan-Tunisian-Algerian border in the northwest.
An assistant to the commander of Benghazi's Rapid Intervention Security Force was murdered by gunmen outside a hospital, and an officer in the Benghazi Security Directorate escaped an assassination attempt as he drove to work. Masked gunmen killed two people and seriously wounded five more outside a Benghazi hotel in an attack on Ubaidi tribesmen who were calling for an investigation into the 2011 murder of Major-General Abdel-Fattah Younis. Algerian officials say Libya's nearly 1,000- kilometer border with Algeria is guarded by some 14 Salafist Tuareg militias, not by Libyan soldiers.