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“Block oil sales” – Libya to UN after clashes between rival factions

Move comes after strongman Khalifa Haftar takes control of key Gulf of Sirte oil terminals.


An image purporting to show an oil storage tank on fire at the Ras Lanuf terminal last week. Photo: Reuters

Libya’s oil industry – the sole reliable source of revenue for the strife-torn country – has been plunged into chaos after its United Nations-recognised government was forced to urge the UN to block any sales from its main oil terminals.

The key terminals in the east of the country were captured from local militias last week by the so-called Libyan National Army, headed by strongman Khalifa Haftar. But on Tuesday Haftar announced his forces would send the revenues to a rival oil corporation in the country’s east rather than the UN-recognised National Oil Corporation (NOC).


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