By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 3 August 2013:
Nine hundred members of the Libyan army’s Special Forces took up their posts all over the . . .[restrict]city of Benghazi at the outbreak of dawn today, LANA reports.
The soldiers took up positions across all exit points, ports, roads and junctions as part of a security plan to impose some kind of order on the troubled city.
The city had experienced a series of bombings and assassinations in recent days, including a police station bombing and an assassination on Friday.
The official spokesperson for the Benghazi Joint Security Room, Mohamed Hejazi, was quoted by LANA as saying that the plan includes securing the streets, main entry points, intersections and public institutions all across the city.
Further, he added that elements of the Special Forces and other reservists will join this force over the next two days to support their work.
Hejazi called upon the citizens of Benghazi to stand together and support the effort of the Special Forces of the city in order to stabilize and restore security.
On Thursday, the US State Department issued a security warning for its embassies in the MENA region, including its embassy in Tripoli, which will be closed tomorrow.
The Libyan government and the GNC had come in for increased criticism recently for their failure to be able to doing something about the violence, amid evidence of splits between the army, the Ministry of Interior and troops on the ground in Tripoli and Benghazi.