Suluq

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Suluq
سلوق
Town
Omar Mukhtar reservoir near Suluq
Omar Mukhtar reservoir near Suluq
Suluq is located in Libya
Suluq
Suluq
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 31°40′07″N 20°15′01″E / 31.66861°N 20.25028°E / 31.66861; 20.25028Coordinates: 31°40′07″N 20°15′01″E / 31.66861°N 20.25028°E / 31.66861; 20.25028
Country  Libya
Region Cyrenaica
District Benghazi
Elevation[1] 53 m (174 ft)
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 15,543
Time zone UTC + 2

Suluq (Arabic: سلوق‎) is a town in the Benghazi District of the Cyrenaica region in northeastern Libya. It is located about 53 kilometers to the south-east of Benghazi.

Italian Libya

Suluq is the site of a former Italian concentration camp for the nomadic tribes that lived in Eastern Libya (Cyrenaica) during the colonial Italian North Africa and Italian Libya period. On 16 September 1931 Omar Mukhtar, the leader of the Libyan resistance movement, was hanged here.

Suluq was the southern inland terminus of a short narrow gauge railway[it] built by the Italian Libya Railways. This line was closed around the 1960s.

Present day

Suluq is on the crossroad of many roads connecting her with several inhabited places like:

  1. Benghazi (to the north-west).
  2. Al Abyar (to the north-east).
  3. Qaminis (to the west).
  4. El Magrun (to the south-west).
  5. Zawiyat Msus (to the south-east).

In 2009, 5,000 new housing units were built in Suluq.[2]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Wolfram Alpha
  2. ^ "اللجنة الشعبية العامة" ("General People's Committee"), Benghazi, in Arabic, accessed 25 May 2009

External links

  • Photograph of mosque in Suluq, 2006, from Flickr
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