ISIS-cells inside Libya appear to be increasingly assertive and to be developing the potential to influence military and political events at the national level, including UN-backed negotiations and the overall dialogue process. An explosive device was detonated outside of the Algerian Embassy in Tripoli and 21 Coptic Christians were abducted in Sirte.

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On Wednesday 14 January, multilateral direct UN-backed negotiations started in Geneva, despite the last minute boycott of the Martyr’s bloc which was misrepresented in the media as a boycott of the whole rump GNC.

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Fighting continues unabated in Benghazi, particularly in the eastern districts of al-Sabri (near the maritime port) and al-Sulmani, where medium and heavy weapons were employed on both sides throughout the week. Operation Dignity also carried out attacks on naval vessels suspected of carrying supplies for Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council fighters.

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On Friday 16 January Libya Dawn and Operation Dignity jointly declared a unilateral general ceasefire with immediate effect. As a result the security threat decreased for all of Libya’s ports, except Benghazi and Derna due to Operation Dignity announcement that it will continue to ‘fight extremists’.

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