Warlord Khalifa Haftar turns Libya’s oil ports into military sites

Warlord Khalifa Haftar turns Libya’s oil ports into military sites

April 28, 2019 - 09:35
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Written By: NewsDesk

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has strongly condemned the use of the country’s oil terminals in the oil crescent region as military sites by the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar.

In a statement on Saturday, the NOC said Haftar’s armed groups had stormed Es Sider oil port and captured its airstrip for military uses. They also attempted to seize NOC tugboats.

The armed groups also stormed Ras Lanuf oil terminal to berth warships and other military vessels, the NOC adds.

“NOC has informed the Public Prosecutor of its intention to take all legal steps necessary to protect staff and facilities,” read the statement.

Chairman of NOC Mustafa Sanalla said: "This illegal and irresponsible activity is a gross violation of our civilian mandate and must stop. These acts endanger workers, diminish partner confidence, and threaten our ability to maintain operations. NOC rejects all attempts to use corporation equipment and facilities for military objectives. NOC is the lifeline of the Libyan economy and must be protected from all forms of conflict."

A French frigate arrived at Ras Lanuf oil terminal last Thursday carrying ammunition and military equipment to warlord Khalifa Haftar, according to Al Jazeera.