By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 21 June 2015:
Misrata has said that anyone trying to carry goods IS areas will be executed.
The Misrata . . .[restrict]Revolutionary Fighters’ Operations Room warned: “Anyone who sends food supplies, mobile prepaid cards or ammunition to IS, or gets involved in acts of espionage for this group will be executed”.
It has also announced that it is tightening security by extending its curfew and imposing an overnight closure of the three gates around the town.
These will now be closed from 10 pm until 7 am. The Operations Room has also banned foreigners from driving within the town between midnight and 7am.
The ban on foreigners driving at night comes almost three weeks after the Operations Room decreed that only foreigners with valid permits could stay in Misrata.
The latest clampdown follows two major suicide attacks, first against the Sadada checkpoint in the east of the town in April in which six died and 21 were injured, and then on 2 June against the western checkpoint at Dafniya in which a further six people were killed.
Yet despite the announcements of heightened security, the steps taken are not always particularly obvious. One visitor from Tripoli last week saw a single soldier and two “kids” manning the Dafniya gate and later was not impressed with the overall security presence within the town itself.