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Libya says no need for international investigation into Derna floods

October 3, 2023 at 8:47 pm

Search and rescue teams, coming from many different countries including Turkiye, continue rescue operation after the Storm Daniel ravages the region in Derna, Libya on 18 September 2023 [Aydoğan Kalabalık – Anadolu Agency]

Libya’s Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, said Tuesday there is no need for an international investigation into last month’s flood disaster in the eastern city of Derna, Anadolu Agency reports.

Eastern Libya was ravaged by deadly floods caused by Mediterranean Storm Daniel on 10 September, killing more than 4,000 people and leaving behind a massive trail of destruction.

Derna was hardest hit by the floods, causing the city’s dams to burst, washing away homes and people.

The Libyan judiciary is capable of conducting an investigation into the Derna disaster

Sour told a press conference held in the capital, Tripoli.

He said any official who proves to be involved in the flood disaster will be investigated.

There is no need for an international investigation

into the disaster, Sour added.

Last month, the Attorney General filed charges against 16 officials over the deadly floods in Libya.

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