Libya reopens Benghazi port after 3 years

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, October 2, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Benghazi port in east Libya reopened Sunday for the first time in three years after being forced to cease operations because of clashes in the cradle of the 2011 revolution.

Commercial operations at the port had ended in 2014 when armed movements, including the Islamic State group, occupied the North African country’s second city.

They were expelled in July this year by the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar who backs a rival administration in the east to the UN-recognised government in Tripoli.

It was the eastern-based government of Abdullah al-Thani that inaugurated the port’s reopening, and he arrived on board a cargo vessel accompanied by members of his cabinet.

“We thank God that justice has been victorious over injustice,” Thani told AFP, referring to the ouster of the Islamist militias and “all those who claim that Benghazi is not secure”.

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