Central and southern regions of Libya go offline

Central and southern regions of Libya go offline

July 10, 2017 - 23:46
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Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Telecommunication services for central and southern Libyan cities have been cut off, state-owned Libya Telephone Company reported on Monday.

On its official Facebook page, the company said a major fiber optic cable for telephone and internet communications in the central and southern regions was cut off in Garabulli town where clashes between Salvation Government and Presidential Council forces are taking place.

It added that maintenance is very difficult at the moment due to the strained situations in the town, but its engineers are working to relink the two regions with an alternative cable.  

Local sources from Misrata said mobile phone services of Libyana and Al-Madar, wifi and DSL internet services, and fixed telephone landlines were all lost, bringing the banking system to a standstill.

Meanwhile, fresh fighting in Garabulli resumed on Monday evening with both sides using heavy fire. Eyewitnesses said local families near the fighting zone have fled in panic while many others are still trapped in the rural town.