«The city of Derna, located in a mountainous region of north-eastern Libya, has been blockaded for over 17 months by forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. This has resulted in dire economic and humanitarian conditions for the city’s inhabitants, compounded by campaigns of arrests and occasional airstrikes. Derna has also been politically and socially marginalised in the power struggle since 2011, reproducing historical patterns of exclusion stemming from the city’s role as the main base of the opposition to the Gaddafi regime».
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