Two million Libyans in and around Tripoli suffer from water and electricity cuts

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The United Nations Support Mission in Libya confirmed that more than two million people in the capital, Tripoli, and its environs are suffering due to water and electricity shortages, demanding that these methods are not used as pressure cards or a “weapon of war”.

“More than two million people, including 600,000 children, have been living in Tripoli and the surrounding cities from a water shortage for nearly a week,” the UN mission said in a statement posted on its official website on Friday night.

“The water supply, which is part of the artificial river, has been disrupted by one of the groups in the Shweref area as a pressure method to secure the release of members of her family (…). All mediation efforts have not yet resulted in a solution to the dispute, while millions of Libyans continue to be denied Water. ”

She also confirmed that these actions “coincide with a major electricity outage in western Libya that was imposed also following another individual dispute.”

The UN mission considered that these actions, which coincide with Libya’s response to the pandemic threats of the Corona virus, to obtain more water and electricity as a means of saving life than ever before.

Water continues to be cut off from the capital and western Libya due to the closure of the “artificial river” system for transporting water by gunmen who are demanding the Al-Wefaq government to release its detainees.

The water transport control system is located in Shweref, southwest of Libya, and is controlled by Haftar forces.

Another armed group closed the valve to transfer gas to power plants in western Libya, causing complete darkness in southern and western Libya, and a sharp drop in the production of basic energy due to the fighting taking place south of Tripoli.

The government of National Accord accused the forces of Field Marshal Hifter of being behind the process of cutting water and electricity, but the latter has not formally commented on these accusations.

Libya, which has been mired in chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, has witnessed an armed conflict a year ago between the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman in the Libyan East, on the one hand, and forces loyal to the national reconciliation government recognized by the United Nations and its Tripoli-based United Nations, on the other.

The United Nations and Western and Arab countries called on the parties to the conflict in Libya to immediately cease hostilities to confront the threat of the epidemic.

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