Armed clashes occurred outside of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) building in Tobruk on Tuesday, August 14, between members of the presidential guard and those rejecting the constitutional referendum law up for vote. The fighting reportedly started after Jalal al-Shuhaidi, a member of parliament (MP) for Benghazi, made a televised statement claiming that the Libyan National Army (LNA) is not an army but a militia, prompting LNA fighters to surround the building and demand his arrest. At least two people were wounded, including Saleh Hashem, a MP for Tobruk, and a member of the presidential guard. Security forces reportedly quelled the clashes, with the HoR delaying the vote until after Eid Al-Adha, observed Wednesday, August 22.
Heightened political tensions and related clashes are possible in Tobruk in the coming days. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected near demonstration sites.
The HoR was due to vote on the constitutional referendum law on August 14, after it was delayed from the end of July. Heightened political tensions reportedly resulted in a physical altercation at the last session on July 31 between a MP from Khoms and Benghazi.
Individuals in Libya, particularly in Tobruk, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public gatherings, and obey all instructions issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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