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UK Joins Other Western States in Warning of Possible Terror Attacks in Libya

UK Joins Other Western States in Warning of Possible Terror Attacks in Libya

Monday, 25 March, 2019 - 08:00
Smoke rises during heavy clashes between rival factions in Tripoli, Libya, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara
Cairo - Khalid Mahmoud

The United Kingdom has joined the United States and Germany to advise against all travel to Libya.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated on Sunday its travel advice to Libya, also calling on British nationals still in the country “to leave immediately by commercial means.”

This advice has been in place consistently since 2014.

“Local security situations are fragile and can quickly deteriorate into intense fighting and clashes without warning,” it said.

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Libya,” the statement added.

The US Embassy in Libya warned Saturday of an “imminent” attack in the capital Tripoli.  

Citing open source reports, the embassy said the area of the Central Post Office on Zawiyah Street in central Tripoli was cordoned off after possible improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered.  

But the Interior Ministry of the Government of National Accord quickly denied the discovery of IEDs in the city center.

In a statement, the Ministry said it had seized suspicious packages in the post office.  

“Initial reports, however, suggested that there were no IEDs or explosives inside these packages,” it added.  

Germany has also warned its citizens against all travel to Libya.

Meanwhile, the head of the EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), Vincenzo Tagliaferri, reiterated his support to the Interior Ministry of Fayez al-Sarraj’s GNA in training and improving the capabilities of personnel tasked with monitoring the border.

GNA’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, who on Sunday met with Tagliaferri in Tripoli, expressed keenness on all aspects of joint cooperation with EUBAM.

A day earlier, Sarraj asked the EU official to consolidate the agreement on improving the capabilities of Libya’s border security.

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