Libya's UN-backed government has issued a state of emergency for Tripoli and its outskirts on Sunday, September 2. The decision comes after multiple clashes took place in the city, killing at least 39 people and wounding some 96 others. The Mitiga International Airport (MJI) has been closed since Friday, August 31, until further notice. Schools and businesses are likely to be closed as well in areas directly affected by the fighting. A heightened security presence and traffic disruptions are expected in Tripoli while the state of emergency is in effect.
Despite three ceasefires signed in recent days, including the latest on Friday, August 31, further fighting is expected in the Tripoli area in the coming days.
Clashes around Tripoli began on August 27. Evacuations of citizens have been reported in areas affected by conflict.
Libya has been divided into rival governments and factions with their own militias and political parties since the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. The security situation in Libya remains precarious and there is little to no sign of a return to relative stability in the near-term.
Individuals in Libya are advised to avoid the Tripoli area until the situation normalizes, as well as other active conflict areas and large public gatherings, and prepare for flight disruptions at MJI.
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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