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Al-Barassi calls for immediate help to save Derna

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Derna

The coordinator of the Organization of People and Activists of Derna, Adel Al-Barassi, called, on Thursday, the member of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Maria do Valle Ribeiro and the World Health Organization (WHO) to intervene immediately to save Derna from a real humanitarian disaster.

Al-Barassi said, in a press release, that the forces of the Dignity Operation that led by General Khalifa Haftar had banned delivering the bread flour into the city.

Al-Barassi added that the inhabitants in Derna have a problem in burying the dead people because Haftar’s forces are blocking the ways and preventing the delivery of structural materials.

It is worth mentioning that Derna is still besieged by Haftar’s forces who prohibit transporting the food, medication and other necessary materials.

Haftar’s forces decided to close all ways that lead to Derna in addition to carrying out sudden attacks from time to time on the defense lines in the city.

The sources stated that Haftar’s forces cut even the gas and fuel supplies that feed the city and prevent the lorries from delivering the food and vegetables to the city.

Sources from Derna confirmed that the city is suffering a lack of drinking water and disruptions of electricity.

The social media had circulated images showing citizens from the city walking and trying to avoid the check points to find food and water from the neighbouring areas.

The other problem is that there is only one hospital in the city, which called for saving the pregnant ladies and the new born babies because of the lack of the medical oxygen.

Shura Derna accused Haftar’s forces of helping large groups of the terrorists of Daesh from Al-Fataeh area, east of Derna, last year, and let them go easily to the city of Sirte.