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El Ezeizia

Prior to the release of the 28 May 2004 IAEA report, this facility was not previously associated with Libya's nuclear weapons program in the open literature. It is unclear whether the US intelligence community had associated this facility with Libya's nuclear ambitions prior to the year 2003, when Libya decided to abandon the weapons program.

Termed Site K by the IAEA, the original construction materials storage location was at El Ezeizia.

Al Aziziyah at Tripoli was one of Libya's three internation airports in 1985. The former residence of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the Bab-El-Azizia Barracks outside Tripoli was gutted after its bombing by US jet fighters in 1986 after President Ronald Reagan accused Tripoli of being responsible for a bomb blast in a West Berlin discotheque in which two American GI's were killed. But in later years, Gaddafi held state banquets at the Bab al-Aziziyah battacks in Tripoli.

Although the " El Ezeizia" is not otherwise attested, the hotest recorded shade temperature on the face of the Earth was at El Azizia (Al Aziziyah), Libya [Latitude 32.5319 Longitude 13.0175]. Al Aziziyah is a town in NW Libya, near Tripoli. A major trade center of the Jifarah plain, it is 20 miles inland of Tripoli, on the road that runs south into the Sahara desert. Libya consists almost entirely of hot, arid desert. A scorching wind called the "ghibli" (a hot, very dry, sand laden wind) can raise the temperatures in a matter of hours to between 40 C and 50 C. The hottest was on 13 September 1922 -- 58C, 136 Fahrenheit [other sources report 141F / 60.6C]. However, controversy surrounds the claim, and it is not accepted by the Libyan authorities

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