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Electricity maintenance workers targeted in Tripoli fight

One of the main 220-kilovolt overhead power lines in southern Tripoli was damaged Friday, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) reported.

GECOL said the its maintenance workers rushed to the scene to fix the issue; however, the workers were subjected to mass shooting while they were fixing transmission towers, which forced them abandon the site immediately.

The company added that the company workers were about to complete the maintenance operation of the first tower at the moment of shooting, emphasizing that the safety of its employees is a priority. No injuries have been reported.

Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces hold the east of the country, launched an offensive on April 4 to seize Tripoli, seat of the UN-recognized government.

The ongoing clashes have killed hundreds, including civilians, and displaced nearly 75,000 since they began, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). They also rendered many areas in the capital lacking power supply.

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