Protesters Set Government Headquarters on Fire In Benghazi

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Protesters set fire to a government headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi, as demonstrations against deteriorating living conditions and corruption continue for the third day in a row.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Libya’s eastern cities to protest against the political elite and poor living conditions, including prolonged power cuts and a severe banking crisis.

Witnesses said that the protests also broke out late Saturday evening in Al-Bayda, which is the former seat of the government. Demonstrations also broke out in the southern city of Sebha and also in Al-Marj for the first time. Al-Marj is a stronghold of the Libyan National Army and is situated between Al-Bayda and Benghazi.

Similar protests erupted in late August in western Libya.

Another demonstration is due to take place in Tripoli on Sunday and dozens of protesters have already gathered outside a building belonging to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord.

A blockade imposed by the LNA on most of the country’s oil facilities since January has worsened the economic crisis across the country and exacerbated blackouts in the east.

On Saturday, the United States said that LNA Commamder Khalifa Haftar had agreed to end the blockade.