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Protestors in Eastern Libya set government building on fire

Protestors in the Libyan city of Benghazi set a government building on fire after the third straight day of protests condemning the living conditions and continued corruption within the country.

The protests also began in Al-Bayda, where the government was previously based and in Sabha and for the first time in Al-Marj.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Eastern towns to protest against the political elite and the lengthy power cuts and a severe banking crisis.

Some of the demonstrators in Benghazi, were armed with guns and set fire to the government building leaving its white walls charred black but the burning flames were later brought under control.

The building was constructed after Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) gained control of Benghazi, which left parts of the port city in ruins.

The power cuts and economic crisis were worsened by a blockade of most of the country’s oil facilities by LNA however negotiations are ongoing about ending the blockade.

Read more from Reuters and Al Jazeera

 

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