By Jamal Adel.
Kufra, 9 November 2014:
Intense fighting in Benghazi’s Laithi district has damaged a crucial Al-Madar mast, disrupting . . .[restrict]the mobile phone service provider’s coverage across the city.
An Al-Madar spokesman told the Libya Herald that the damage to the mast had also affected some nearby sub-stations. “Engineers could not enter the buildings because of clashes but are are working hard to reconnect the cut wires and cables,” he explained.
Clashes between pro-government forces and their supporters have taken place across Laithi over the last week. Yesterday residents confirmed fierce fighting surrounding the Makarona factory in the area, in which Al-Madar is based.
Fighting in Benghazi has affected telecommunications in other ways. Road closures because of the conflict has meant that mobile phone and internet cards are in scarce supply. They are now being sold at three times their normal rate.
Other amenities have also been hit. Electricity and water supplies have been intermittent as a result to damage to other facilities.