Haftar Seizes Libyan Oil Ports

By John Lee.

Forces loyal to Eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar have seized oil ports in Libya’s Oil Crescent.

The Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG), headed by Ibrahim Jadhran, lost control of the ports of Es Sider (Sidra) and Ras Lanuf following an attack on Sunday. These ports together account for more than half of Libya’s oil output.

Reports on Monday evening said that the ports of Zueitina, and possibly also Brega, had also fallen into Haftar’s control.

The development throws further doubts on the viability of the Western-backed project to unite the country under a Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Presidential Council of the GNA said the “unjustified escalation will only prolong the conflict and will cause losses of Libyan lives and livelihood.

Read international reaction to the latest developments here.

(Sources: Reuters, Xinhua, BBC, AFP)

 

One Response to Haftar Seizes Libyan Oil Ports

  1. Johnson R September 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

    Oil exports should continue to flow under existing contracts, as the movement and flow of funds remains under the UN control, unless Haftar will restrict vessel loading operations. How much use such a delay or closure will be to the Libyan cause is impossible to imagine.
    Hopefully with the support of external influence the position will improve.
    Time is not on the side of Haftar.

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