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Power, Water Restored In Tripoli After Intense Fighting

TRIPOLI, Libya

Authorities of Libya’s Man-Made River Project (MMR) have announced the 15 May return of electricity supply to all of its wells and fields in the Hassouna System, and Sahil Al-Jafara, resulting in resumption of water supply to Tripoli and surrounding areas.

Electricity supply has been re-established after a week-long stoppage caused by armed attacks described as the worst in several weeks of fighting in and around the city.

Multiple United Nations agencies urged parties to the conflict to protect vital water supply facilities in the country last week. “We are acutely alarmed that water facilities have been deliberately targeted or indiscriminately attacked. This affects thousands of women and children and impedes efforts to implement basic virus prevention measures, such as hand-washing”, said representatives from OCHA, UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNFPA in a 13 May joint statement.

Fighting in Libya has intensified in recent weeks as General Khalifa Haftar’s militia is attempting to regain ground lost to pro-government forces.

Residents in Tripoli complained about a drop in water pressure and the decline was attributed to the loss of a power station on May 10 that supports the Great Man-Made River Project, the principle source of water for the city. It was confirmed that the power was cut because of a shortage of gas and a lack of cash in banks.

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