On 24 August, The Guardian, citing Father Moses Zerai, an Eritrean Roman Catholic priest who runs a Rome based agency assisting asylum seekers, reported that rebels are accused of murdering three sub-Saharan migrants they were guarding in Homs. The rebels allegedly shot the migrants while suppressing a protest over conditions in a detention center in the city.
On 26 August the Libya Herald reported that a number of people were arrested in Tripoli following an attempt to sell four SA-7 (surface to air) missiles as well as five mortars. The group, who were trying to sell the arms to a Libyan national, was arrested by the Tripoli Lions Battalion of the national army. The SA-7s were reportedly stolen from Tripoli's Hamza military base. Those arrested, including the would-be purchaser, have been handed over to the office of the army chief of staff in order to investigate the case. The issue of weapons proliferation remains a significant concern. While this incident appears to have been relatively minor, the international community has voiced concern over the proliferation of more sophisticated surface to air missiles to militant groups outside of Libya's borders.
Gulf of Sidra, Cyrenaica and Benghazi
On 21 August, a conference held in Sirte by the Al Maadan tribe called for a general amnesty for all who fought in the war, the end to outstanding differences, the reactivating the National Army and combating the spread of weapons throughout Libya. The Egyptian daily Al Youm Al Sabiya reported the arrest of 25 Sudanese and Egyptian illegal immigrants by the National Army in Sirte on 24 August.
On 22 August Benghazi’s HSC coordinator, Mohammed Taib, reported that a number of arrests had been made in connection with the bomb attack on an Egyptian diplomat’s car in Benghazi on 20 August. Taib also reported that plans to secure diplomatic missions in Benghazi would soon be implemented. In a separate report, Libyan Interior Minister, Fawzi Abdul Aal confirmed that arrests had been made following the attack and that the attack was motivated by personal, not political reasons.
In a press statement on 22 August, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi said that he was confident that positive news would soon be announced in regard to the seven Iranian Red Crescent workers who were abducted in Benghazi on 31 July. Salehi cited recent talks with the Libyan Foreign Minister regarding the ongoing situation.
Media reports on 23 August citing an Eritrean detainee, who escaped from a detention center near Benghazi, claimed that the detainee reported that a number of female asylum seekers have been raped by rebels and that around twenty detainees had been removed to be used as slaves. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Press Solidarity reported that Benghazi National Security Directorate had confirmed that gunmen attempted to storm a Criminal Investigation Department building in the city on 27 August. While the attack did not result in any loss of life, there was some speculation that the gunmen were the same assailants who have previously attempted to free jailed companions.
A resident of Al-Kufra in the southeast of the country was shot and killed on 25 August. The incident was reported to be a violation of a recent truce in the Al-Kufra area between the belligerent Zwai and Tabu tribes.