Sharaa el-Wadi (the "wadi road") is aptly named. On the night of September 10 to 11, during the passage of Storm Daniel, this steep road turned into a river with a current so fast that it swept away the cars parked on the side. Ten days later, this path that descends to the sea through the site of Cyrene, an ancient Greek site located in the commune of Shahat 220 km east of Benghazi, is still closed. Blocks of stone collapsed on the road. And the state of the site, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, is worrying.
Cyrene is a symbol: she gave her name to Cyrenaica, a region in eastern Libya. It was one of the main cities of the Hellenic world before becoming a Roman capital. "A millennium of history is inscribed in its ruins, famous since the eighteenth century," says the UNESCO website.
A vehicle is parked across the road. Some men of the tourist police have their coffee in a corner...
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