By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 14 April 2014:
The construction of a 100-kilometre long ditch around Jalu oasis has been temporally stopped after . . .[restrict]two excavators were badly damaged in an arson attack.
“On Saturday night, an unknown group set fire to two diggers and then fled, ” Jalu oasis resident and engineer at the Man-Made River (MMR) Ibraheem Al-Sikran told the Libya Herald today.
The oasis of Jalu, 600 kilometres north of Kufra and 400 kilometres south of Ajdabiya, decided at the end of last year to dig the ditch around the town, forcing vehicles to use main road, in an attempt to combat illegal migrants and drug smugglers.
“The fire was deliberate,” said Al-Sikran. We assume it was done by smugglers because the project undermines what they are doing”.
Jalu oasis, which produces dates and mangos, is close to a number of oilfields and as well as the MMR regional offices and the Sarir power station .