LIBYAPROSPECT – London
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Libya called the armed fighting factions to protect the oil terminal of Zwetina in eastern Libya after reports expect possible clashes at the oil port.
The NOC was concerned by the reports of “imminent conflict” between the Army affiliated to the House of Representatives (HoR) under the leader of General Khalifa HAftar and the forces of the Oil Facilities Guard (OFG) around Zwetina port.
According to Reuters, the head of the NOC, Mustafa Sanalla asked both sides “to withhold from actions that could damage the infrastructure, including using the facilities as a physical shield,” Sanalla said in a statement.
He added that “I also ask both sides to give NOC safe passage now, before any operation commences, to move the oil in storage at the port to a secure location.”
The OFG spokesperson, Ali Al-Hassi, said that his forces received threats from Haftar’s forces after the announcement of reopening the ports.
It is worth mentioning that the OFG support the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), and agreed to reopen Zwetina and two other ports after a long time of closing them.
On the other side, the army of Haftar is opposing the GNA, because Haftar is still not satisfied by the Political Agreement. Haftar’s staff said that they will target the tankers that do not have the approval of the rival government (Interim Government) in Al-Baida in eastern Libya, and its Prime Minister, Abdulla Al-Thinni.