By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 22 September 2015:
In a move reminiscent of the Qaddafi regime’s paranoid xenophobia, the municipal council in the . . .[restrict]Tripoli suburb of Suq Al-Juma has ordered landlords renting property to foreigners to declare them. Those who did not do so, it said, would be penalised.
The aim, according to media reports in Tripoli, is to prevent any recurrence of events such as last week’s attack by Islamic State (IS) forces on Mitiga airbase. Foreigners were said to have been involved, although IS is known to have many Libyan members.
Suq Al-Juma and its municipal council are a major bastion of support for the regime in Tripoli supporting the continuing General National Congress (GNC) and opposed to the House of Representatives.
In a similar demonstration of growing xenophobia earlier this month, the GNC president, Nuri Abu Sahmain, ordered the government, the army and the intelligence service to tighten security against supposed foreign agents in the country. Foreigners arriving should to be questioned about their motives for visiting Libya, he insisted. [/restrict]