TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s Berber minority will boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution, Berber leaders and the election commission said, in a move that complicates attempts to end oil and gas protests.
Members of the Berber, or Amazigh, minority have halted gas exports to Italy and also stopped a part of Libyan oil exports by occupying the Mellitah port in western Libya to demand more rights for their long-oppressed people.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Protesters have shut Libya’s gas export pipeline to Italy, its only customer, demanding more rights for the Amazigh, or Berber, minority and depriving the weak government of a major source of income.
The closure worsens turmoil in Libya where Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned on Sunday that the government might face budget problems next month after protesters cut oil production to a fraction of its capacity.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya may find it difficult to cover its budget expenditure from next month and could lose Italy as a gas and oil business partner unless strikes blocking oil ports and fields end, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Sunday.
A mix of militias, tribes and civil servants seeking political rights or higher pay have seized oil ports and fields across the OPEC producer, knocking down output to a fraction of its capacity of 1.25 million barrels a day.
MELLITAH PORT, Libya (Reuters) – After seizing a Libyan port and halting oil exports, former army officer Adel al-Falu has set his sights on a more drastic protest to win rights for his ethnic Amazigh people – shutting off the gas tap which supplies Italy.
Long oppressed by former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Amazigh minority, or Berbers, were quick to join the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 which overthrew him.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Anti-aircraft gunfire and grenade blasts erupted in several parts of Tripoli late on Thursday, the second time this week that fighting between rival militia groups has rocked the Libyan capital.
A security source told Reuters that a heavily-armed group from the central city of Misrata had entered the capital to take revenge for one of its fighters who was killed in a shootout in Tripoli on Tuesday.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Payments problems, chaos and corruption are hampering Libyan importers from making big deals to buy wheat, another setback as the country spins out of control two years after dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by rebels and NATO warplanes.
In the latest disruption, the biggest wheat importer Mahatan Tripoli, which supplies most of the capital’s bread, says it may have to put off its next major wheat purchase unless the state starts paying it nearly $100 million owed for previous imports.
TRIPOLI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Payments problems, chaos and
corruption are hampering Libyan importers from making big deals
to buy wheat, another setback as the country spins out of
control two years after dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by
rebels and NATO warplanes.
In the latest disruption, the biggest wheat importer Mahatan
Tripoli, which supplies most of the capital’s bread, says it may
have to put off its next major wheat purchase unless the state
starts paying it nearly $100 million owed for previous imports.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan militia fighters on the government payroll fought each other with rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons on the streets of Tripoli on Tuesday in the worst clashes in the capital in weeks.
No one was killed, but the fighting underlined how Libya’s government is finding it harder to contain former fighters and Islamist militants in a country awash with weapons two years after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Heavy fighting between militias using rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons erupted in several parts of Tripoli on Tuesday in the worst violence in the Libyan capital for weeks.
Fighting started in Tripoli’s eastern Suq al-Juma district and a central area where two burned out pick-ups belonging to a militia on the government payroll could be seen. Libyan news websites said at least one person had been wounded.
TRIPOLI, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Gunmen rob millions from Libya’s
central bank. Boatloads of protesters storm an oil terminal like
pirates. Tribesmen block a port – and contradict the prime
minister when he tells the nation it will reopen soon.
Libyans have become accustomed to chaos in a country flooded
with weaponry where militias and tribes call the shots, two
years after NATO bombing helped rebels topple Muammar Gaddafi.