Communication outage in Libya

22 September,2023 09:03 AM IST |  Cairo  |  Agencies

The outage was caused by fiber-optic cables being severed Tuesday, Libya’s state-owned telecommunications company said

Collapsed buildings seen after the flooding in Derna. Pic/AP

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A day-long communication outage in a flood-stricken city in eastern Libya further complicated the work of teams searching for bodies under the rubble and at sea Wednesday. The outage was caused by fiber-optic cables being severed Tuesday, Libya's state-owned telecommunications company said. Engineers were investigating to determine whether it happened because of digging for bodies or was sabotage, the company's spokesman, Mohamed al-Bdairi, told a local television station.

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Internet and phone service were knocked out, with residents and journalists unable to reach those inside Derna. Authorities said communications with the city were restored Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, the country's chief prosecutor, meanwhile, vowed to take "serious measures" to deliver justice for the victims of the floods, which killed thousands of people and devastated the coastal city of Derna more than a week ago.

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