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Nov 11, 2014

Insight – Struggle for Libyan oilfield reflects fractured nation’s conflict

CAIRO (Reuters) – Libya’s biggest oilfield, shut down by gunmen last week, may struggle to rebuild production as the conflict splintering the desert nation draws in ever more groups of fighters, including poor southern tribes staking a claim to land resources.

The 340,000-barrels-a day El Sharara oilfield was attacked last week by gunmen who shut off a main source of government revenue and shattered hopes the oil industry would escape Libya’s turmoil three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Nov 11, 2014

Struggle for Libyan oilfield reflects fractured nation’s conflict

CAIRO (Reuters) – Libya’s biggest oilfield, shut down by gunmen last week, may struggle to rebuild production as the conflict splintering the desert nation draws in ever more groups of fighters, including poor southern tribes staking a claim to land resources.

The 340,000-barrels-a day El Sharara oilfield was attacked last week by gunmen who shut off a main source of government revenue and shattered hopes the oil industry would escape Libya’s turmoil three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Nov 9, 2014

Libya’s El Feel oil field shut down, third site within days

BENGHAZI/CAIRO, Nov 9 (Reuters) – An oil field in southwest
Libya has closed down, officials said on Sunday, becoming the
third oil facility in the chaotic country to shut within a week.

The El Feel field, operated by Libya’s National Oil
Corporation (NOC) and Italy’s ENI, shut down due to a
power outage after armed men forced the closure of the major El
Sharara field in south Libya last Wednesday, an NOC spokesman
said.

Nov 4, 2014

Libya’s elected parliament aims to move to Benghazi, restart U.N. dialogue

CAIRO (Reuters) – Libya’s elected parliament, marooned in a remote eastern town since an armed faction’s seizure of the capital Tripoli, aims to relocate to its second city Benghazi soon once army units restore security there, its deputy speaker said on Tuesday.

Assembly members have been working and living in a hotel in Tobruk since August when the Islamist-leaning Misrata militia took Tripoli, effectively splitting Libya three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Oct 23, 2014

Libya’s oil to flow despite struggle between rival governments

CAIRO (Reuters) – A struggle has broken out for control of Libya’s state-run energy sector as rival governments in Tripoli and the east compete for power, but a common interest in maintaining oil revenues will keep exports flowing for now.

The OPEC producer has had two governments and parliaments since an armed group took control of Tripoli in August, appointing its own prime minister and taking over ministries as the country disintegrates three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Oct 21, 2014

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor

CAIRO/TUNIS (Reuters) – Libya’s self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognized by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.

Libya has had two governments and parliaments competing for legitimacy since an armed group seized Tripoli in August. Omar al-Hasi, an Islamist, set up his own cabinet in the capital and forced the internationally recognized prime minister, Abdullah Thinni, to move to the east of the country

Oct 20, 2014

Gaddafi cousin hopes to participate in Libyan peace talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – A cousin and former aide of Muammar Gaddafi said he wants to take part in proposed talks aimed at bringing together Libya’s warring parties, in a rare bid by a member of the ex-ruler’s inner-circle to regain influence.

The Gaddafi family has kept a low profile since the 2011 uprising in which the leader was killed, ending 42 years of one-man rule. Rival armed groups have since battled for power, pushing the internationally-recognised government from the capital and raising fears of a full-scale civil war.

Oct 17, 2014

Two rival Libyan governments claim to control oil policy

CAIRO/BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A self-styled
rival government controlling Libya’s capital announced its own
oil policies this week, drawing a rebuttal from Prime Minister
Abdullah al-Thinni who said oil revenues continued to go to the
elected government.

Libya is in turmoil, with two competing governments vying
for control after Operation Dawn, an umbrella of armed groups
from the western city of Misrata, seized Tripoli in August,
forcing Thinni’s government to withdraw to the east.

Oct 12, 2014

Libya’s overstretched border police struggle to secure border

MUSAID Libya (Reuters) – When the man in charge of Libya’s main border crossing with Egypt checks his staff rota every morning, he can count on a maximum of just 30 officers.

The tiny force polices the northern tip of a 1,115 km (700 mile) desert border, where Egypt and its Western allies hope to prevent Islamist militants infiltrating to join fellow fighters on Egyptian territory, or sneaking back into the lawless OPEC producer to find safe haven. But hampered by a lack of manpower and equipment, worsened by a breakdown in state authority following the 2011 downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s border guards are struggling to contain the spreading anarchy.

Oct 2, 2014

Libya’s runaway parliament seeks refuge in Tobruk bubble

TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Trucks fitted with anti-aircraft cannon, troops and cement roadblocks protect the five-star hotel in Tobruk that is now the surreal last bastion of Libya’s fugitive parliament.

Holed up in the Dar al Salam seaside resort and pretending that all is normal, elected legislators debate laws and plan the future from the eastern city where they fled last month after losing control of Tripoli and much of the country.

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