Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Libya’s olive harvest: Small town continues centuries-old industry” – below is their description.
For thousands of years, the small mountain town of Msallata in Libya, 100 kilometres (62 miles) southeast of the capital Tripoli, has cultivated olives, growing and pressing the fruit by hand.
It has even managed to produce oil from the olives it cultivates during the civil war of the last few years.
Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina reports from Msallata, Libya.
– Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.
The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over three million of Libya’s seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.
Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. Parts of Libya are currently split between rival Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.
Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country’s official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.
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