TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to “liberate” all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.
The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that Libya may slide deeper into chaos or even splinter as the fragile government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority.
TRIPOLI, March 10 (Reuters) – A North Korean-flagged tanker
has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-held port of Es
Sider but has not left the terminal, oil officials said on
Monday, after the government threatened to bomb the ship.
Tripoli has said it will attack the Morning Glory should the
tanker try sailing off with crude from the eastern port, one of
three seized by armed protesters demanding a greater share of
oil revenues and political autonomy.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Armed protesters in eastern Libya traded threats with the government on Sunday in a tense stand-off over the unauthorised sale of oil from a rebel-held port.
A North Korean-flagged tanker, the Morning Glory, docked on Saturday at the port of Es Sider and local daily al-Wasat said it had loaded $36 million of crude oil. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said the military will bomb the 37,000-tonne vessel if it tries to leave.
TRIPOLI, March 9 (Reuters) – Libya’s defence ministry has
issued orders to its military authorising the use of force to
stop a North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude oil sold by
armed rebels seeking to bypass the Tripoli government, state
media said on Sunday.
The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since
August to press demands for a greater share of oil revenues and
political autonomy, received the tanker on Saturday at the Es
Sider port in the volatile east.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country’s petroleum wealth.
The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press their demands for more autonomy, warned Tripoli against staging an attack to halt the oil sale after the tanker docked at Es Sider terminal, one of the country’s biggest. The vessel started loading crude late at night, oil officials said.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Armed protesters controlling ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government in a major escalation of their blockade to demand a greater share of the nation’s petroleum wealth.
A North Korean-flagged tanker docked earlier at the Es Sider port, which is controlled by protesters who want more regional autonomy, officials at state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) confirmed.
TRIPOLI, March 8 (Reuters) – Armed protesters controlling
ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started
exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government in a major
escalation of their blockade to demand a greater share of the
nation’s petroleum wealth.
A North Korean-flagged tanker docked earlier at the Es Sider
port, which is controlled by protesters who want more regional
autonomy, officials at state-run National Oil Corp (NOC)
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi, his special forces commander who fled abroad during Libya’s 2011 revolution, was imprisoned in Tripoli on Thursday after Niger agreed to send him back from house arrest there.
Saadi, who had a brief career as soccer player in Italy and often lived the playboy life during his father’s rule, is the first of Gaddafi’s sons the central government has managed to arrest since the former dictator was overthrown.
TRIPOLI/LONDON (Reuters) – A North Korean-flagged oil tanker tried to dock at Libya’s Es-Sider oil port seized by armed protesters who have threatened to sell oil independently unless they get political autonomy from Tripoli, Libyan officials said on Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear whether the Morning Glory tanker wanted to load oil when it approached the port on Tuesday, but any attempt to get crude to world markets independently would be an escalation of a blockade that has slashed Libya’s vital oil exports.
TOBRUK, Libya, March 5 (Reuters) – If anyone understands the
deep divisions over how to resolve the blockade of Libya’s
eastern Hariga oil port, it is the family of local mayor Faraj
Protesters shuttered the 110,000-barrel-per-day port last
summer to pressure a government struggling to impose order three
years after Muammar Gaddafi’s demise.