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In battle for Libya's oil, water becomes a casualty

Updated : 2019-07-02 13:24:12

While Libya's oil lies at the heart of three months of fighting over Tripoli and years of power struggles before that, water is becoming a far bigger concern for its people. Interruptions to water supplies are common after eight years of near-anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted, but a wider crisis is now coming to a head in a country made up mainly of arid desert and split between competing administrations.

Libyan children displaced from the town of Tawergha fill containers with water at a displaced camp in Benghazi. While Libya's oil lies at the heart of three months of fighting over Tripoli and years of power struggles before that, water is becoming a far bigger concern for its people. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Libyan children displaced from the town of Tawergha fill containers with water at a displaced camp in Benghazi. While Libya's oil lies at the heart of three months of fighting over Tripoli and years of power struggles before that, water is becoming a far bigger concern for its people. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Interruptions to water supplies are common after eight years of near-anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted, but a wider crisis is now coming to a head in a country made up mainly of arid desert and split between competing administrations. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Interruptions to water supplies are common after eight years of near-anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted, but a wider crisis is now coming to a head in a country made up mainly of arid desert and split between competing administrations. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
In western Libya, finding clean water has become difficult because both the power grid and water control system has been damaged in an offensive by forces loyal to eastern-based Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli, where the U.N.-backed government is based. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed
In western Libya, finding clean water has become difficult because both the power grid and water control system has been damaged in an offensive by forces loyal to eastern-based Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli, where the U.N.-backed government is based. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed
Looting and neglect have made the situation fragile and armed groups have exploited the unrest.  REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed
Looting and neglect have made the situation fragile and armed groups have exploited the unrest.  REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed
The United Nations has warned all sides that water should not become a weapon of war, but the water system is already badly damaged. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
The United Nations has warned all sides that water should not become a weapon of war, but the water system is already badly damaged. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Some 80 percent of the population of six million live along or near the northern Mediterranean coast and depend on freshwater pumped via its pipelines. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
Some 80 percent of the population of six million live along or near the northern Mediterranean coast and depend on freshwater pumped via its pipelines. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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