Turkish construction firms speed up Libyan reconstruction effort

Turkey is working to make good on its pledges for Libya's reconstruction as the government plans to build a new physiotherapy clinic, the Anatolia news agency reported Monday.

The new clinic will be built in Misrata, as promised by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a visit last September.

Representatives from Turkish construction companies met with Turkey's ambassador to Libya in this Mediterranean coastal city, one of the worst-hit cities during the popular uprising that ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule.

Turkey also pledged to restore five police stations and a police headquarters in Misrata, both of which will be funded by the Turkish government.

Over 1,500 Libyans were killed and 13,000 others were wounded in Misrata during the fighting between forces loyal to Gaddafi and dissidents, and nearly 1,200 people went missing. Most of the buildings in the city were destroyed or heavily damaged.

Turkey's state-run air carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) is scheduled to begin direct flights to Misrata on Dec. 15. The city will be THY's third destination in Libya after Tripoli and Benghazi.

(Source: Today's Zaman)

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