UN denounces water cuts to millions in Libya’s Tripoli
Tripoli: Water has been cut off to millions of Libyans living in and around the capital Tripoli, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the country said, condemning its use as a “weapon of war”.
“More than two million people, including 600,000 children, who live in Tripoli and surrounding towns and cities, are suffering from water cuts for almost a week now,” Yacoub El Hillo said in a statement issued Friday.
As Libya struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, officially recording one death and 24 cases of COVID-19, “access to water and electricity is more than ever lifesaving”, Hillo said.
“Such individual acts to collectively punish millions of innocent people are abhorrent and must stop immediately.”
Libya’s coastal cities are supplied via the Great Man-Made River, an enormous project built under former dictator Moamer Kadhafi to bring water from aquifers in the southern Libyan desert. – AFP