Armed attack on 'Man-Made River Project' cuts off water supply to Tripoli

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 20 May 2019, 11:59 AM
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Water supply in Tripoli and some cites in central and western Libya will be suspended after an armed group attacked the relevant facilities, forcing the water supply operator to seal off the valves, the agency in charge of water supply on the Hassouna-Jeffara section of the water network said.

"The department for the Man-Made River Project informs that pumping from water wells has stopped after an armed group stormed the facilities and forced the workers to close all flow control valves and stop water wells," the agency said in a Sunday statement.

According to the statement, water supply will not be restored until the attackers' demands are met. It, however, did not elaborate on the demands.

The agency added that the attack would cut off water supply in Tripoli and several cities in the country's western and central regions.

The statement urged the national security forces and military to defend water wells and the network of pipelines.

According to the World Health Organization, the battle for Tripoli has already left over 450 people killed and more than 2,100 injured since clashes began in and around the city on April 4th.

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