The members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) at Al-Zawiya refinery announced the closure of the refinery and the Mellitah and Misrata oil complexes, demanding their financial dues from previous salaries and settlements and implementation of the decision to grant them health insurances “similar to what employees at the National Oil Corporation received.”

In a video statement on Tuesday, PFG members gave those responsible for operating these facilities five days to respond to their demands, indicating that the closure would affect the fields, complexes, facilities, depots and departments in the oil sector across Libya, after agreement with their colleagues in the PFG in other regions. 

The protesters stressed that they would continue their protest without specifying a time to resume operations, and stressed that they "do not belong to any political faction, and refuse to transfer the PFG members to other security services unless they are given their full legal rights."

"Despite all the officials' promises which all failed, perhaps the latest of which was the instructions of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, to consider the situation of the PFG and its members, grant them their rights, implement the decisions regarding their financial dues, and restore their full rights, there was no adherence to any of those instructions." The protesters said.