Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha has given instructions to deal firmly with any armed attack on any facilities belonging to the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) or gas stations.

Bashagha stressed to all heads of the security directorates, the Director of the General Directorate of Central Support Unit, and the Director of the Police Force for the Electric Department to deal with the rules of engagement and to open fire when required, to preserve people's lives and property.

The instructions come as the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) complains of increased attacks on its facilities.