An activist was reportedly kidnapped during an anti-corruption demonstration held in Benghazi on Monday, September 21. The protest was being held in Tebisti Square to call for the eastern-based government to be replaced by a civilian administration and for action against corruption. Unidentified individuals, allegedly carrying signs supporting Khalifa Haftar, reportedly began to attempt to disperse the gathering. During this time the activist, Rabie Al-Arabi, was allegedly abducted.
Further unrest following this development is likely in the near term and a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport are possible in the vicinity of any demonstrations.
Those in Benghazi are advised to monitor developments and heed any directives issued by local authorities. All demonstrations and political gatherings in Libya should be avoided due to the risk of incidental violence and aggressive crowd-dispersal operations by security forces.
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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