Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live



Libya: Life returns to normal in Sabratha

Libya: Life returns to normal in Sabratha


Inhabitants of Sabratha are no longer in shock despite recent attacks from jihadists in the zone.

Few markets have been reopened while traffic circulation is fluid in the suburbs.

However, schools and banks remained closed.

“I am happy that Sabratha is back to normal. By the grace of God the terrorists will not have any place here,” Ousama Majdi, a resident said.

On February 24, authorities were terrified by the presence of extremists who took control of the headquarters of security forces.

“Some extremists arrived after hiding in so many places. This brought fear to inhabitants of the town especially where the Islamic State militants are lodged,” Abdel Ghani Mourabet said.

Sabratha has since 2014 been controlled by Fajr Libya militia.

The government recognised by the international community is effective in the east of the country leaving the west in the hands of the militia.

Several rebel factions have been active in Libya since the fall of Muammar Gaddaffi in 2001.

The rival governments are facing increasing threats from the rise of Islamic State which is gaining grounds in the city of Sirte 450 kilometers to the east of Tripoli.

Efforts by the United Nations to establish a government of national union has faced stiff resistance from the rival governments.

View more