The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack targeting the Libyan Foreign Affairs Ministry, located in the Zawt Al-Dahmani area of Tripoli, on Tuesday, December 25. The attack reportedly resulted in three people dead, including a Libyan diplomat, and more than twenty others wounded. Residual transportation disruptions can be expected in the vicinity of the attack, along with a heightened security presence around government buildings. Further related attacks cannot be ruled out.
IS militants have continued to carry out attacks on security forces and infrastructure in Libya since being driven out of their former stronghold of Sirte in late 2016.
Individuals in Tripoli are advised to avoid the affected area and monitor developments to the situation.
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.