Gulf of Sidra, Cyrenaica and Benghazi
Unconfirmed reports claimed that authorities foiled an attempted jailbreak from Benghazi’s Al Kuwayfa Prison on 8 November. Al Manara subsequently reported that the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) had received information that a group was planning to use rocket-propelled grenades and a land-mine to facilitate the escape of prisoners from the facility. According to further reports, the group behind the plan was subsequently arrested.
The Libyan daily Al Manara reported that the Egyptian consulate in Benghazi has shut down due to a lack of security and that members of the mission had also received death threats. According to the report, the consulate had raised their security concerns with the Libyan authorities, who the report claims have failed to responded to Egyptian demands for more security at the consulate.
A former Qadhafi era internal security official, Osama Al Ra’id was reported to have been wounded when an explosive device detonated under his vehicle near Benghazi’s Al Hadidi Bridge on 8 November. Libya Al Mustakbal reported the assassination of the secretary of the Sirte Local Council, Milad Abu Raqiba, on 12 November. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on him in front of his home.
Rebels in eastern Libya Have pledged their full support for Prime Minister Ali Zidan’s government, reported WAL on 12 November. The rebels, who met at a national conference, announced that they would dismantle any armed groups in the region that did not fall in line with the Ministries of Interior or Defence. The rebels met at the old Parliament building in Bayda on 10 November. Several National Assembly members were also reported to have been present.
The Egyptian daily Al Youm Al Sabiya reported that clashes occurred on 7 November at the Libyan-Egyptian Salloum border crossing between Libyan border guards and residents of Salloum, whose main source of income is transporting goods into Libya. Eyewitnesses claimed that border guards had detained a number of vehicles, although a separate report by Al Manara reported that contraband was seized. On 10 November, the Libya Herald reported that normal operations had returned to the Salloum border crossing.