By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 3 January 2103:
Residents in the Cyrenaica oasis town of Jalu have decided that the best way to ensure . . .[restrict]their safety at present is by digging at ditch around the town, forcing all traffic and travellers to pass through four entry points that have also been set up.
According to the Libyan news agency LANA, the circular ditch is three metres deep and a remarkable hundred kilometres in length.
“The purpose of digging the trench is to prevent smuggling and infiltration of illegal immigrants, and the reduction of theft and armed robbery,” one of the engineers supervising the project, Ali Hamou, has been quoted as saying. It was also aims at preventing criminals escaping into the desert.
Jalu sits on the Ajdabiya-Kufra road which was recently blocked by Tebu protestors. Jalu elders helped mediate an end to the blockage. [/restrict]