By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 7 February 2014:
Supplies of food and medicine are failing to reach Tebu communities because main roads . . .[restrict]and Kufra airport remain blocked by ongoing clashes, Tebu sources claim.
Fighting between the Zwai and Tebu tribes in Kufra and Sarir have closed the Kufra-Ajdabiya road, meaning that supplies for the southern towns can only move by air.
A local Tebu official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Kufra’s Military Council, predominantly made of up members of the Zwai tribe, had routinely prevented supplies reaching the Tebu community from the airport sit was liberated in 2011.
He said that two generators provided to a clinic in Kufra’s Tebu-majority Al-Shura distict in 2012 by the International Red Cross had never left the airport.
“We have frequent power cuts and there are no electrical generators available to the clinic,” said the head administrator for the Hay Al-Shura clinic, Zaki Hagar. “We are also in desperate need of medical supplies like syringes for insulin injections.”
A local Tebu businessman, Abdullah Damby, said: “No food supplies have arrived in Tebu districts for over two months.” He claimed that the situation was verging on a humanitarian crisis. [/restrict]