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Libyan Newswire

Libyans Pay Price for Chaos

Amid intensifying clashes in Benghazi and the departure of crucial workers from Libya, citizens face an uncertain future.

Just this Monday (June 2nd), fierce fighting between Islamists and rogue General Khalifa Haftar’s forces killed 21 people in Benghazi. At least 11 soldiers were among the dead and more than 100 people were wounded, hospital officials said.

It was the deadliest clash since 76 people were killed in mid-May, when Haftar unleashed an offensive dubbed “Operation Dignity” to purge Libya of terrorists.

The departure of foreign experts and workers from Libya is now a threat affecting all sectors, including health, education and construction.

According to Salem Langhi, an orthopaedic surgeon at Benghazi Medical Centre, foreign health care workers are leaving Libya in droves, and citizens are left to pay the price.

“Major surgeries, such as joint transplants and endoscopies, were completely halted, and so were international co-operation and exchange programmes between Libya and other countries, because there are no open airports as a result of these armed clashes,” the surgeon told Magharebia.

“As those foreign nationals represent the massive majority of staff in nursing, we’ll have to use volunteers who are not experienced to serve patients,” he said. “This will undermine the major efforts made by officials to improve the health condition.”

Langhi added: “The remaining health infrastructure and the new facilities that were built in the last three years have been destroyed.”

“Clashes have caused huge losses to Libyan investments, as most foreign labourers have escaped from Libya out of fear of the haphazard bombardment and the attacks on them,” said engineer Abdelsalam al-Jahani.

“Repeated attacks on foreign workers, thefts of their properties and kidnappings targeting them to use them as human shields by extremists have prompted them to depart out of fear for their lives,” he said.

Mohamed Idriss, a Benghazi University professor, said that may of his colleagues were forced to leave.

This situation will cause “acute shortage of scientific cadres at the university”, he added.

“Sabotage of our properties and armed robberies targeting us and thefts of our livelihoods have become so scary, especially after more than 12 Egyptians were killed and an Egyptian girl was kidnapped,” commented Egyptian labourer Abdul Jawad Mahmoud.

“All these developments have made us leave Libya out of fear for our lives,” he added, noting that “daily clashes have become just unbearable”.

In her turn, Jihan Ismail al-Jarba, 32, an Egyptian journalist, said: “I hope that Libya will calm down because I love it as I do my home country”.

“The solution will come from Libyans themselves,” she said. “I can only pray for and support them.”

Source : Magharebia