By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 6 June 2017:
Benghazi’s popular shopping venue, Venice Street, devastated during the long battle to wrest it from militants, has been largely rebuilt and will be reopened after Eid.
After bomb disposal experts had combed the area for unexploded ordinance, the municipality removed barricades, cleared away the detritus of conflict and fixed sewerage and water pipes. GECOL restored power and the local substation.
For the last few months Venice Street has been a big building site as shops, malls and coffee houses were reconstructed. The street will not have been completely restored to its former glory when it is officially reopened at the end of Ramadan.
The reconstruction is a further proof that even though there is still fighting downtown in Suq Al-Hout and Sabri, Benghazi appears determined to get back to normal after four traumatic years of violence.
It is understood that the municipality is pressing the LNA to remove from near Venice Street the 17th Brigade camp and the training barracks.