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Forgotten south: Rifts costing ordinary Libyans dearly

Wednesday 10/August/2022 - 06:25 PM
The Reference
Mustafa Kamel

Southern Libya, lost amid the current events, suffers from the political divisions and fragmentation that the country has reached.

This part of Libya has become forgotten. It is a geopolitical link between Libya and the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. It also meets geographically with the borders of Chad, Sudan, Niger and Algeria.

Forgotten south

A new chapter in the suffering of southern Libya unfolded through a disaster that claimed the lives of dozens of victims, early this month, due to the explosion of a fuel tanker in the municipality of Bint Baya in the city of Ubari, whose population does not exceed 10,000 people, and is located in the middle of the road that links Ubari with Sabha.

The incident resulted in the death of seven people and the injury of more than 50 others, including serious cases.

The French Press Agency revealed that a fuel truck overturned on the main road in the city of Ubari. Dozens of residents of the area, it said, gathered around it, and tried to seize the fuel spilled on the road by filling small gallons.

However, the truck exploded, while these locals were around it. A number of cars also caught fire.

It is worth noting that southern Libya has been suffering from fuel shortage for years, as smuggling operations are active, especially fuel smuggling and human trafficking.

Paying the price

The incident sheds light again on the impact of the political divisions that Libya has been experiencing for years, for which citizens pay the price, especially in the south, which is called the 'forgotten south'.

The Bint Baya Municipal Council expressed anger at the explosion and the way it was dealt with.

The council said Fezzan City was deliberately marginalized by successive governments.

It pointed to the neglect of the people of Fezzan in terms of health, maintenance and modernization of roads.

The Bint Baya council held the Brega Oil Marketing Company responsible for the incident.

It also called on security authorities to take action to stop the smuggling of fuel.

Day after day, the wave of protests against difficult and harsh living conditions in southern Libya escalates.

The suffering of the south comes amid the country's suffering from a severe political crisis, as two governments, the first headed by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh and the second by Fathi Bashagha battle for power.