The week was marked by reports of suspicious movements and an increased presence of suspected Islamic State (IS) militants near Sirte and Bani Walid, which likely prompted authorities to raise the security alert to critical. Meanwhile, the new wave of sanctions targeting alleged human smugglers could have ramifications on the security situation West of the capital city, Tripoli.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility, via its Amaq publication, for an attack targeting the Al-Qanan police station, approximately 10 kms South-East of Ajdabiya, resulting in physical damage, at least one fatality, and five other casualties at approximately 0400hrs on 02 Jun.
This week, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) offensive in Derna intensified. On 15 May, LNA drone strikes killed seven fighters and injured seven others from the Derna Protection Force (DPF), former Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC), amid heavy clashes in Derna’s Al-Heela area.