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Derna officials: The city is dying

Derna Local Council (DLC) has issued a distress call to local and international organizations to intervene and lift the siege imposed by Dignity Operation militia groups on the city.

In a statement on Wednesday, the DLC said the city, which has a population of more than 130.000, is dying due to the siege, describing it as genocide.

“We call on Libyan authorities, international organizations, the UN, the Arab League, the AU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to lift the siege and send basic supplies immediately through the city’s port,” read the statement.

“Humanitarian conditions have become catastrophic; no medicines, no food, no fuel and no oxygen,” the statement added.

The DLC also warned that garbage is piling up in the streets of the city due to fuel shortages, which threatens an environmental disaster.

Meanwhile, local media reports said four bakeries had closed down due to fuel shortages caused by Dignity Operation siege, adding that life in the city is going from bad to worse.

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