The Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah called Saturday on the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, to instruct Defense Ministry to pay the delayed salaries of the eastern-based members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) to keep oil exports ongoing and avoid state financial loss.

Sanallah said in a letter to Al-Sarraj that strikes are ongoing in the entire eastern region not only at Hariga oil port, adding that tensions are very high in demand of delayed salaries among the Petroleum Facilities Guard members.

Earlier, southwest PFG members expressed dismay at the deduction of field allowance, which they described as unjust and wasn't approved by an official order by a relevant authority, adding that they would shut down all fields if their demands weren't answered.

Western PFG members also threatened closure of Al-Zawiya oil refinery if their field allowances weren't paid, while eastern PFG members shut down Hariga oil port demanding the payment of their delayed salaries of over 12 months, giving a ten-day ultimatum for receiving their salaries or they would close Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports.