A group of protesters calling themselves the Jalo Youth Movement criticized the National Oil Corporation on Monday for its recent recruitment list, saying it lacked equitable geographical distribution.

On Monday, the NOC announced the appointment of 1,435 graduates from public universities and higher institutes to work in its facilities.

The appointment decision benefitted 890 graduates from Tripoli, 16 from Benghazi, 105 from Sabha, and four from Misrata, while graduates from other regions shared the remaining vacant posts.

Jalo Youth Movement deemed the NOC's move as selective and unjust as their region is "the most affected" by the neighbouring fields, as they put it.

On the far western coast, graduates of oil majors from Zuwara and other neighbouring cities closed the Mellitah gas complex and prevented employees from entering the facility, explaining that the new NOC appointments did not include them as well.