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18 Feb 2020 | 08:54 AM UTC

Libya: Attack targeting Tripoli port reported February 18

UN special envoy in Libya announces attack on sea port in Tripoli February 18; monitor the situation

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Event

According to the UN special envoy in Libya, the port of Tripoli was attacked in the early afternoon (local time) on Tuesday, February 18, resulting in a massive blaze on the dockside. Local sources report that the port was struck with approximately 10-14 indirect fire (IDF) strikes. According the the Libyan National Army (LNA), the attack ignited a Turkish vessel carrying ammunition; this claim has not been confirmed. An increased security presence is likely around the port over the coming hours and days.

Context

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

Individuals in Tripoli are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, maintain safe and current evacuation plans, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.