The president of Tunisia said that Cyclone Daniel that hit Libya is “proof of growing Zionist influence”

The Tunisian president, Kais Said (EFE/EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA) (MOHAMED MESSARA/)

He Tunisian president, Kais Saidwhich assumed full powers in July 2021 to “preserve social peace,” declared that the Cyclone Danielwhich hit the northeast of Libya a week before and caused Thousands dead and missingis a “proof of growing Zionist influence”.

“The storm Daniel, why doesn’t anyone ask about that name? Who chose that name? Daniel is a Hebrew prophet and has been chosen to name the storm. This is proof of the growing Zionist influence that dominates reason and thought.“said the president on Monday night during a government meeting in the presence of the head of government, Ahmed Hachani.

Said made the Palestinian cause one of his election campaign slogans in 2019 and since coming to power he has described normalization with Israel as “high treason.” Since August, Parliament has been studying a new bill to criminalize relations with this state in “unconditional support” for Palestine.

Torrential waters devastated northeastern Libya on September 10, especially in the city of Derna, where two dams collapsed, releasing 33 million liters of water during the early hours of the morning and washing away entire residential areas, bridges and roads into the sea.

Floods in Libya after the passage of Cyclone Daniel (EFE/ Essam Zuber)
Floods in Libya after the passage of Cyclone Daniel (EFE/ Essam Zuber) (Essam Zuber/)

The tension in this coastal town, which had 120,000 inhabitants, occurred hours after the United Nations drastically revised downwards the number of victims of the cyclone, from 11,300 to 4,000, and thousands of citizens protested yesterday against the inaction of the local authorities. facing the catastrophe.

Survivors and local and international rescue teams continue the search for bodies, mostly located in the areas, and another 40,000 people have been displaced and face outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and diarrhea as well as dehydration and malnutrition due to water contamination and poor hygiene.

The management of the disaster has been marked by political division and the lack of coordination between the two opposing authorities that are vying for executive power: the Government of National Unity (GNU), based in Tripoli (west) and recognized by the international community, by Abdulhamid Dbeiba; and the Benghazi Government, elected by Parliament and under Haftar’s control, led by Osama Hammad.

(With information from EFE)