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In Benghazi, a Salafist imam who had spoken out against terrorism was gunned down, and a child was killed by gunfire between fighting "gangs." The Benghazi Joint Security Room is asking mediators to help get Ansar al Sharia to evacuate Jalaa Hospital. Mohamed Al-Harizi, a top official in the Islamist Justice and Construction Party, was freed from kidnappers whom he claimed were associated with Khalid Haftar's forces. Cyrenaica federalists said they would end their closure of the Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil terminals. The Foreign Ministry is said to be "in disarray" after armed militants reportedly from the Libyan Revolutionaries Operating Room occupied the ministry on June 26.
The government legalized the ownership of firearms. The central bank said individual travelers cannot take more than $10,000 in or out of the country. The spokesman for Khalid Haftar's forces said Turks had been "too quick" to leave following an ultimatum issued last week to Turks and Qataris in eastern Libya. Ali Al-Sanani, a well-known member of Ansar al Sharia, was shot and killed in Benghazi on June 29. Husam Al-Naili, a top official in the Islamist Justice and Construction Party, is said to have been kidnapped on June 29 in Tripoli. Gunmen murdered a former Benina airbase worker and his son in Benghazi. The Interior Ministry, which fired 200 people last week, admitted that over 700 certificates with forged qualifications had been submitted by employees.
A spokesman for Khalid Haftar's "Operation Dignity" forces said the Libya Shield militia, which conducted surveillance of the home of slain activist Salwa Bugaighis prior to her murder, was probably responsible. A gardener injured in the attack has died under mysterious circumstances, apparently after torture. Saiqa Special Forces freed a kidnapped man in Benghazi. The bodies of a slain former Air Force colonel and another man were brought to a Benghazi hospital. The Benghazi Joint Security Room ordered the evacuation of Jalaa hospital, which Ansar al Sharia seized from the BJSR following clashes in Benghazi's port last week. Suspected Islamists firebombed a coffee shop in an upscale Tripoli neighborhood. Two RPGs were fired at the Sudanese Embassy in Tripoli on June 27.
Suspected Islamist gunmen broke into the Benghazi home of prominent rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bughaigis yesterday and murdered her, kidnapped her husband, and shot a gardener. A large car bomb exploded in Beida near the headquarters of the Constitutional Assembly, injuring several people. Two Tunisian diplomats abducted this spring have been freed; their kidnappers, a Tunisian militant Islamic group called Shabab Al-Tawhid, had demanded the release of two Libyans imprisoned in Tunisia. Two Turkish employees of Turkey's Summa Construction company disappeared in Tripoli.
Turkey is evacuating 420 of its citizens from Misrata and another 140 from Labraq today. Ansar al Sharia assumed security at Benghazi's Jalaa hospital after Benghazi Joint Security Room forces left it unguarded. Six people were injured when Benghazi's Egyptian Market was set on fire. Four of five hostages held by Ansar al Sharia managed to escape their captors. A Tebu candidate in Sebha was murdered.
The spokesman for Khalid Haftar's "Operation Dignity" forces ordered Turks and Qataris in eastern Libya "from Sirte to Musaid" on the Egyptian border to leave the country within 48 hours, referring to Turkish and Qatari intelligence operatives disclosed by captured al Qaeda members in Benghazi. A major firefight broke out at Benghazi's port yesterday after a large shipment of hashish was discovered on a ship arriving from Malta. Murders and disappearances continue in Benghazi, where two security force members were assassinated, and a severed head was recently found. A senior "Operation Dignity" official said Haftar's forces will continue to inderdict the shipment of weapons to Ansar al Sharia and the Libya Shield, and claimed that Ansar al Sharia still maintains a huge stockpile in the Jabal Al-Akhdar area.
Islamist gunmen attacked Benghazi's port after the forces of Khalid Haftar's "Operation Dignity" bombed two ships that were carrying weapons to Derna, destroying one of them. The weapons, from Misrata, were said to be destined for the Ansar al Sharia-linked February 17 Brigade. Haftar's forces continued to bomb Islamist targets in Benghazi, and claimed that Ansar al Sharia and allied groups fired rockets at Tobruk Airbase and Benina Airport. The Supreme Council of Libyan Revolutionaries (SCLR) vowed to stay in Benghazi and called for armed groups, including the Libya Shield brigades and the Libyan Revolutionaries' Operation Room (LROR), to join forces with Libya Shield No. 1 Brigade, 17 February Brigade, the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, and Ansar al Sharia in the fight against Haftar's forces. The SCLR also urged LROR and Libya Shield to begin taking over oilfields.
The Justice Ministry demanded that the US turn over Ahmed Abu Khattalah a.k.a. Ahmed Bukhatallah, an Ansar al Sharia leader linked to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. Khalid Aftar's "Operation Dignity" denied any knowledge of or involvement in the US' capture of Khattalah. A plane carrying the constitutional delegation to a meeting in Kufra made an emergency landing at an oilfield airstrip after a caller threatened that the plane would be shot down if it tried to land at Kufra airport. Haftar's forces bombed the Teka airstrip, 20 kilometres west of Benghazi, on June 15 to prevent Islamist forces from flying in weapons and ammunition.