The United Kingdom has renewed Libya travel warning to British travellers, saying in a statement that all travel to, from and within Libya is at the traveller’s risk, adding that local security situations are fragile and can quickly deteriorate into intense fighting and clashes without warning.
"The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advise against all travel to Libya. This advice has been in place consistently since 2014. If you’re in Libya against this advice, you should seek to leave immediately by any practical means." The statement indicated.
It added that localized violence between armed groups in the capital and surrounding region can break out at short notice with little to no warning.
"Foreign forces and mercenaries retain a presence across the country. Protests and civil unrest can also occur at short notice, including demonstrations against deteriorating living conditions, corruption, and ongoing political instability." It said, adding that local security forces’ response can be unpredictable and there is a high risk of civilians being detained or wounded if caught up in local demonstrations.
The statement indicated that fighting between armed groups poses significant risks to air travel in Libya, saying it has periodically caused the temporary suspension or closure of airports, and adding that all airports are vulnerable to closure due to armed clashes.
"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Libya. There remains a high threat throughout the country of terrorist attacks and kidnap against foreigners, including from Daesh-affiliated extremists (formerly referred to as ISIL) and Al Qaida, as well as armed militias." It said.