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A popular TV presenter who had just delivered a mosque lecture on assassinations and car bomb attacks in Benghazi was killed in a drive-by shooting in the city. A colonel on the army's general staff was shot and killed in Tripoli. Human Rights Watch reported that there have been at least 51 political assassinations in the eastern cities of Benghazi and Derna since the Libyan uprising in 2011, and no one has been prosecuted for the crimes and no suspects are being held. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings, which have increased over the past 12 months, and the only suspect escaped.
Commenting on the US expectation that Libya will arrest accused Ansar al Sharia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan news outlet said that "any arrests or seizures could make the present security crisis in Benghazi look like a minor disturbance in comparison." The spokesman for Benghazi's Joint Security Room criticized the Interior Ministry for failing to have any "presence on the ground" to maintain security in the city. A large car bomb exploded in Benghazi yesterday near a football club, killing the driver, who some said was an intelligence officer. The head of Sebha's security support forces was killed by a car bomb in Benghazi on Aug. 2.
Unknown attackers bombed the Ras Abeda police station in Benghazi again, wounding five people. A dispute broke out between the Interior Ministry and Benghazi security forces over the lack of security in Benghazi, including the fact that the city's eastern and western gates were unguarded after a mass jailbreak last week. The oil minister rejected accusations of underreporting oil exports and said Libyan oil export meters are defective. A US media report speculated that CIA operatives involved in moving weapons from Libya to Syrian rebels may have been present during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last September.
The commander of the military's protection force in Benghazi was killed, and his son was injured, yesterday by a car bomb attached to his vehicle. Libya's oil minister warned that the country's oil exports might drop by 30% if blockades of oil terminals by armed groups were not ended soon. He also dismissed accusations that Libyan oil is being stolen and sold at the terminals. Although some 20,000 oil facilities guards are on the government payroll, they reportedly do not show up for their jobs.
A powerful car bomb outside the Radisson hotel in Tripoli was defused last night after a telephone tipoff. Three separate car bomb attacks in Benghazi killed a special forces officer and injured a Navy colonel, a senior security officer, and a civilian. A new head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard was appointed; Prime Minister Zeidan said "most interviewees did not want the job in present circumstances." Export of oil and gas at the Zuetina port has been halted for over two weeks because of 10 armed protesters.
Libya's Minister of Social Affairs resigned in protest against the assassinations in Benghazi and the government's lack of response to them. At least one soldier was killed during clashes in Benghazi. Protesters attacked the Tripoli headquarters of the Islamist al-Watan (Nation) political party. Over 1,000 prisoners who escaped from Kuafiyia prison in Benghazi are still at large. Special forces colonel Abdesalam Jadallah was named the new army chief of staff. A French forensics team arrived to help investigate the Benghazi assassinations and bombings.
Unidentified attackers set off bombs a few minutes apart outside a Benghazi courthouse and near the Benghazi Justice Ministry, injuring 10 people. Officials claim to have recaptured about 100 of the 1,117 inmates who escaped from Benghazi's Kuafiya prison yesterday. Other reports say 1,200 escaped initially. Libya has closed the Emsaad border crossing to prevent the escapees from fleeing to Egypt.
Benghazi "residents" broke into the Al-Kuifiya prison, freeing over 1,000 inmates. Three high-profile assassinations were conducted in Benghazi: a retired military official was shot dead in a mosque, a police commander was killed during a security operation, and Abdulsalam Musmari, a popular lawyer and activist who had criticized the Muslim Brotherhood, was killed while walking home from a mosque. After the killings, protesters set fire to the Benghazi offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Justice and Construction Party; and staged other demonstrations in Tripoli, Zintan, Tobruk, and Zawiya. The Interior Minister admitted that the 50-some assassinations in Benghazi "appear to be systematic," but could not explain why no one has been arrested for the crimes. Prime Minister Zeidan said there are some who want Libya to be like Afghanistan, Mali, or Somalia.
The Interior Ministry confirmed that Tuesday's mortar attack in Tripoli had targeted the Corinthia hotel; in the first admission that it has begun to obtain intelligence on terrorist activities, the ministry said it was warned a few days before that some sites were being targeted. Due to security concerns, no US citizens, including the US ambassador, attended a US embassy iftar meal Tuesday evening. The ministry also admitted that Tuesday's attacks in Benghazi and Sirte were probably coordinated. A rocket-propelled grenade hit the UAE embassy in Tripoli early this morning; no one was hurt.
A mortar launched from a car toward the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli missed its target, hitting an elderly couple's flat instead. Security guards thwarted an attempt to bomb Benghazi Medical College on July 21. That same day, a retired army colonel was assassinated in Derna. The commander of the Benghazi search and rescue team was kidnapped and murdered a few days earlier. The head of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is said to have fled to Libya. Congress recently authorized the commission that will draft a new democratic constitution.
Prime Minister Zeidan threatened to "use force" to restore law and order, and said he plans to raise wages for soldiers and policemen. The commander of the Air Force's Search and Rescue Division was assassinated in the Islamist stronghold of Derna on July 15. Four military police vehicles in Tripoli were damaged yesterday in a coordinated attack using bombs attached to the vehicles' rear wheels. The Martyrs' Loyalty Bloc demanded that Congress give $100 million to the Syrian rebels and recognize the Syrian National Coalition.