Benghazi, 24 January 2013:
Security problems in Benghazi have resulted in a crisis of a rather unusual form.
A family in Benghazi forced . . .[restrict]their way into the headquarters of the civil registry office in the city’s Sidi Hussein area and then proceeded to set up home for themselves there.
“The family stormed the Civil Registry headquarters last Thursday after employees had finished their duties”, said the head of the office, Fatima Warfali.
“We informed the relevant authorities and, after having made a report at Ras-Obeida police station, told them to take the necessary action to have the intruders removed from the office”, she explained.
Although she claimed that “the intruders were eventually forced out and the building was securely closed,” it appears they are still there.
Reporting that the incident took place last Friday and that the intruders took over the annex next door, the registry office’s assistant manager, Mohamed Agouri, said the family was still living there.
He explained that three of the office staff had remained there in order to protect the records archive system.
“We removed the official stamps and one the staff fixed the office’s broken door at his own expense to prevent tampering with the office’s contents”, he said. “We informed the police but the family still residing inside the office headquarters. ”
Agouri appealed to the authorities to intervene as quickly as possible and remove the intruders. [/restrict]