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Haftar forces block major oil terminals

by Ace Damon
Haftar forces block major oil terminals

Forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar, one of the protagonists of the conflict in Libya, today blocked the main oil terminals in the east of the country, the National Petroleum Company said, on the eve of an international conference in Berlin.

In a statement, the company announced a stop in exports at the ports of Brega, Ras Lanouf, al-Sedra and al-Hariga.

This blockade will lead to a drop in production in the country from 1.3 million barrels per day to 500,000 barrels per day with daily losses of $ 55 million, according to the company, which invoked exceptional circumstances for an exemption from its liability in the event of non-compliance with oil supply contracts.

A group close to Haftar, a strongman from eastern Libya, on Friday called for the country's oil exports to be blocked to protest Turkish intervention in the conflict, raising concerns from the National Petroleum Company.

The blockade occurs on the eve of the holding in Berlin of an international conference to relaunch the peace process in Libya.

Marshal Haftar launched in April 2019 an offensive to take control of the capital, Tripoli, where the National Accord Government (GAN) has its headquarters.

GAN benefits from the political support of the European Union, as well as economic and military support from Turkey, the only country that has admitted the sending of troops, and a politician from Qatar and Italy, the former colonial power that also admitted the eventual sending of soldiers .

The marshal, who leads the so-called Libyan National Army, supports the elected parliament and the unrecognized executive in the city of Tobruk (east) and guarantees economic and military support from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and political support from France and United States.

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