The General Electricity Company of Libya (GEOCL) announced on Saturday a complete blackout which lasted for several hours in the western and southern regions, as a direct result of what it described as ‘repeated attacks on its power transmission stations.’

GECOL said in a statement that the blackout came after two stations in the Souq Al-Jumma and Ka’am areas were stormed by citizens who restored the electricity supply by force.

Other citizens rejecting the loading shedding program also closed a gas valve which supplies Al-Zawiya Power Station. The Company, however, later confirmed the gas valve connection and initiation of a return of electricity supply gradually to the affected areas.