Haftar-loyal military investment authority sells Libyan scrap to Turkish firms

Haftar-loyal military investment authority sells Libyan scrap to Turkish firms

April 03, 2018 - 23:13
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Togo-flagged Farah Princess vessel docked at Brega port in eastern Libya coming from Tunisia to be loaded with 5000 tons of scrap that will be shipped to Turkey's Izmir.

The shipping is processed by the military investment authority that is loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.

The vessel, which arrived last Saturday, will take between 6 and 10 days to be loaded by the scrap at Brega port, a source at the port reported Tuesday, adding that the debris is being collected from residents and public firms in the Oil Crescent Region.

The source said the shipping is authorized by the authority's chief Mohammed Al-Madani Al-Fakhri who is appointed by Haftar, pointing out that the same authority slapped a ban on all entities, except itself, on exporting scrap earlier.

"Some of the scrap to be shipped to Turkey have been dismantled from Man-Made River's locations as well as Norwegian Yara company by the military investment authority." The source elaborated.

Al-Fakhri and some of Haftar's sons were accused by social media users of monopolizing scrap exports, saying they are profiting from the selling on their own, making millions of dollars a year.

Scrap is being taken from abandoned work locations due to the lack of security in Libya, besides other sources from power cables and other metals that are all collected then shipped abroad.

Libyan rival governments issued bans on exporting scrap, rendering it a theft as well as smuggling of Libya's resources.