Libyan Police Intensify Security Operations in Benghazi


The Assistant Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry, in the Libyan Parliament-designated government, Faraj Qaim stressed the need to “tighten security in Benghazi and intensify security operations.”

During an expanded meeting with the Director of the Benghazi Security Directorate, and chiefs of police in the city, Qaim underscored the need to “eliminate drug dens, collect weapons, arrest wanted persons, and implement sentences.”

He also vowed to “overcome the difficulties and provide all the necessary support to the security services and all components of the Ministry of Interior.”

Qaim called for raising the level of security work, “which is witnessing a great improvement on the ground, and a decrease in the incidence of crime compared to previous periods.”

Last month, Qaim confirmed the launch of an expanded campaign to collect weapons in the areas controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

He explained that this campaign was launched on the instructions of the Commander-in-Chief of the LNA, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Qaim added that the expanded campaign “will include the searching of homes, and whoever refuses to hand over what is in his possession to the nearest camp or directorate will be referred to the Anti-Terrorism Prosecution.”

Earlier this month, Qaim said that “the Interior Ministry and the security forces in the east of Libya have become stronger than ever before.”

He praised the “excellent situation” that had been achieved through “great cooperation and harmony between the security and judicial agencies in the east of Libya.”

This came while he was attending the 5th session of the Duties Of Judicial Police Officers. This was in the presence of a number of MP’s and Attorney General, Fawzi Al-Kazah, the Director of the Benghazi Security Directorate.

“The Ministry of Interior is closer to the citizen, and today it is stronger than ever before,” Qaim said.

He affirmed the need to fight corruption, calling for “more efforts to train and develop policemen for the benefit of security work.”