By Ashraf Abul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 2 October 2013:
Responding to the closure of the main road linking towns in the Nafusa mountains to Tripoli and attacks on people who using it, local councils in the region decided yesterday to set up a joint committee to coordinate on the region’s affairs and problems.
The towns taking part are Zintan, Jadu, Mizdah, Ghariyan, Nalut, Qala and Rujban.
At yesterday’s meeting in Nalut, representatives of the towns’ local councils said that a safer alternative route to the capital had to be found to the one passing through Warshefana territory.
The meeting said that the authorities had to take action to prevent the Warshefana from carrying out attacks. The patience of Nafusa Mountain towns was wearing thin and if the government and Congress did not take action fast, they would do so themselves, the representatives said.
The Libya Shield force, they added, should start providing security and ensuring safety on public roads by running mobile patrol units and permanent check points.
There have been a number of attacks in the area recently. This week a newspaper editor heading to Zintan, his hometown, was kidnapped and his brother murdered. Last week, two Zintani women were reported killed at Bir-Ghanam on the way to Tripoli.