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Major Libya route connecting east and west reopens after warring sides agree

Benghazi: A major road linking eastern and western Libya has officially reopened after the step was approved by the country’s warring sides.
In June, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibeh declared the coastal road would reopen connecting Misrata in western Libya and the Mediterranean city of Sirte. But forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar objected to the step at the time, saying the reopening had to be agreed by a joint military committee of the two rival sides.
On Friday, the 5+5 military commission, with five officers representing each side, declared the road reopened. Haftar, the chief of the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) based in eastern Libya, welcomed the step.
Truck traffic appeared normal on the road on Saturday, but civilian motorists were still wary, fearing explosives left behind by the warring factions, witnesses said. (afp)

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