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The UN is pulling "several dozen" of its mission staff from Libya due to deteriorating security. In Benghazi, a former revolutionary and political activist was shot dead, and a policeman was murdered; missiles blamed on Ansar al Sharia hit a TV station and the home of a doctor. Operation Dignity announced the arrest of four Yemenis and a Libyan suspected of belonging to al Qaeda; they had been monitored for two weeks at a hotel in Benghazi's Sabri district.
Six people were murdered in Benghazi last night, including a Saiqa special forces soldier. Sabri police station in Benghazi was bombed to the ground in two attacks over the past two days. In response to recent Ansar al Sharia attacks on Benina Airbase, Khalid Haftar's Operation Dignity forces bombed Ansar Al-Sharia and 17 February Brigade targets in Benghazi on June 6. In Derna, Operation Dignity forces carried out airstrikes in the Al Hussein seafront district, an Air Force officer and a business leader were kidnapped in separate incidents, and several shops were bombed; reports that US forces recently seized a local Islamist leader in Derna were denied. Two of three Europeans kidnapped on June 5 in Zuwara have been freed.
A car bomb in Benghazi killed a Saiqa special forces officer and injured his son; a car bomb in March killed the officer's brother. An air force officer was murdered in Benghazi yesterday. Nineteen people have been murdered in Benghazi since the start of Ramadan, including three Salafist imams; the killing of the imams is blamed on militant Islamists. The standoff continues between Ansar and Sharia and the Benghazi Joint Security Room over Jalaa hospital. Tarik Elourfi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, was named mayor of Benghazi in a controversial election the day after a prominent Benghazi rights activist was murdered and her husband kidnapped. Saiqa special forces said 56 Benghazi residents, including policemen, members of the intelligence and special forces services, and six females, are currently being held by kidnappers. A Sufi imam was kidnapped in Tripoli. Three Europeans were kidnapped in Zuwara.
Two members of the Benghazi Security Directorate's Investigation Unit were gunned down on their way to work. Benghazi's Jalaa Hospital has asked the government to intervene to resolve the standoff between Ansar al Sharia and the Benghazi Joint Security Room (BJSR) at the hospital. The Libyan Embassy in Tanzania said acting ambassador Ismail Nwairat committed suicide in his Dar es Salam office on July 1.
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.