By Ayman Amzein and Adam Ali.
Benghazi, 4 April 2015:
Two Egyptian workers were reported killed in a random rocket attack the Benghazi’s . . .[restrict]central district of Juliana yesterday and another eight, including children, were injured in a separate similar incident in the Sidi Abeid area. The latter were taken to the city’s Jelaa Hospital.
Despite the attacks, blamed on Ansar Al-Sharia and its allies, the city has seemed much calmer in the past two or three days with a growing semblance of normality in many districts. Explosions are distinctly fewer in number and shops now continue to remain open, serving customers, until between 10 pm and 11 pm at night.
Even in the same Sidi Abeid area, at the Suq Al-Arab, between Sabri and Salmani, army soldiers, instead of fighting Ansar and the Islamists, have been drafted in to help in the more mundane task of policing market traders.
The soldiers have been protecting the municipal police who, for the first time in months, have been carrying out inspections of stalls in the market in search of those transporting and selling expired foodstuffs. They were not able to do so previously because of the security situation.
Large amounts of out-of-date or poorly stored products, such as flour, chocolates, milk and juices, have been seized in the past few days and those involved in the trade arrested.
The need for an army guard was evident yesterday when traders started shooting at the municipal police, one of whose duties is to patrol markets and the quality of goods on sale. In the event, no one as hurt. [/restrict]