Clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) were reported to have taken place in Gharyan, 60 km (37.2 mi) south of Tripoli on Wednesday, April 3, killing three people. Prime Minister Sarraj declared a state of emergency over Tripoli on Thursday, April 4, following the LNA's announcement that they are conducting military operations in Tripolitania against the western part of the country.
Further clashes and attacks are likely over the coming hours and days and a heightened security presence and disruptions to movement are to be expected in Tripoli.
The purpose of LNA's operation against western Libya on April 3 is to gain more territory from their western GNA rivals, ahead of expected unity government negotiations during the National Conference set to take place on April 14-16 in Ghadames.
Libya has been divided by 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 the country is likely to remain unstable in the near-term amid the ongoing civil war.
Individuals in Tripoli are advised to avoid the affected area and monitor developments to the situation.
The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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