The Great Man Made Water system in Libya that brings 6,500,000,000 litres of water from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifers below the Sahara to the northern cities has been cut by militants. As a result, over two million Libyans in Tripoli have been left without running water.
The dispute is over the arrest and imprisonment of Mabrouk Ahnish by Rada at Mitiga air base. These security forces are linked to the head of the Presidency Council, Faiez Serraj, who has been in Washington this week opening the new Libyan Embassy. Earlier this year, Rada detained the father of the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi.
The increased risks of water borne diseases has increased and added to the suffering of children according to UNICEF special representative Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, who has instigated a full investigation.
See Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi for the strategic importance of Mitiga and the security challenges of Libyan militias in 2011 and 2012.