By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 3 July 2017:
Sirte’s mayor Mukhtar Al-Madani has been given a deputy by the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) local government ministry. Miftah Abuestah at his first meeting with Madani discussed what roles he would play as the town seeks to rebuild itself.
More evidence came today that it is on the long road back to normality when engineers declared the Corniche road clear of mines and unexploded ammunition. Elsewhere in the town, diggers and trucks continue to clear away rubble and debris from last year’s fighting that saw Bunyan Marsous (BM) defeat IS terrorists.
However, not everyone is set on rebuilding. Two days ago, during the major power blackout, a BM patrol caught two men stealing electricity cables. The suspects have been taken to Misrata for questioning.
Meanwhile officials continue to process families returning to the town. By no means all districts have been cleared of booby-traps and explosives. As reported in the Libya Herald last month there are still numerous roadblocks and a lack of services, including reliable mobile coverage. Some parts of the town had to go without water for eight days while a technical fault in a pump was fixed. In a further sign of improvement, Sirte university has opened registration for at least some of its faculties for the coming new term.