The General Authority for Tourism expressed shock and condemnation with respect to the fire that was set to the vicinity of oasis of Mafo in Ubari south west of Libya, causing significant damage to the natural landscape features of the area.

In a statement, the authority called the relevant authorities to open an investigation into the accident at once, to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, noting that the area is considered one of the most important natural heritage sites in Libya.

The tourism authority has urged tourists who wish to visit the area to adhere to the guidelines for touring natural and cultural sites and to contribute to preserving the Libyan cultural and natural heritage.