Crime Index Decreased in Libya’s Benghazi


The Interior Ministry of the Libyan Parliament-designated government announced a decrease in the crime index in the city of Benghazi.

The office of the Assistant Undersecretary, Faraj Qaim said in a statement that “no criminal activity was detected from 23-29 March 2023.

Qaim met with the Director of the Benghazi Security Directorate and the Heads of police stations. According to the statement, the meeting discussed the continuation of security operations to eliminate drug dens, collect weapons, and arrest wanted persons.

They emphasized the intensification of efforts to combat crime, in accordance with the recently announced security plan.

Last month, 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.”

He 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.”

In February, 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.”