By Motaz Ahmed.
Benghazi, 21 April 2013:
Members of Benghazi’s army and police force yesterday raided the city’s infamous Souq Jinihin in an . . .[restrict]attempt to stamp out the market’s trade of drugs, weapons and alcohol.
Benghazi Joint Security Room spokesman Ibrahim Al-Sharaa told the Libya Herald the raid started at 4 pm and lasted two hours. In that time, army and police forces seized large quantities of the drugs, alcohol, weapons and ammunition for which the former second-hand furniture market had become known.
A number of vendors were detained, although many managed to escape before arrests were made.
Sharaa said that security forces would be returning to the market, in the Sidi Hussein district, on a weekly basis to make sure the illicit market did not return.
Illegal trading resumed at Souq Jinihin following a raid in May last year. [/restrict]