Benghazi still suffers impacts of military operations

Residents of Benghazi, especially in the areas affected by the military operations carried out by the Libyan National Army (LNA) against terrorist groups, are suffering from difficult economic conditions and can not maintain or rebuild their homes, a women’s rights activist told 218 News.

The director of Nataj Organization for Capacity Development of Women, Fathia El-Madani, revealed that through the organization’s work of providing support for divorced women, they found that most of the divorce cases came as a result of displacement during the military operations.

Madani said the deteriorating economic situation in Benghazi also caused many cases of divorce.

She noted the organization has monitored several divorce cases filed during the successive displacement stages of entire areas.

The officials responsible for the file of the displaced noted that the lack of financial support affected their efforts to solve the crisis, forcing the displaced under increasing pressure.

The poor economic situation pushed the residents of the city recently to organize a peaceful protest in front of the headquarters of the council of the municipality of Benghazi to demand financial aid so they cay pay house rent.

Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city and the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled former dictator Muammar Qaddafi, has witnessed a three-year war between the LNA and extremist groups.

In June 2017, the General Commander of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, announced taking over the entire city of Benghazi and defeating the rival armed groups.


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