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Mar 11, 2014

Libyan navy attacks ship carrying oil from rebel port; PM sacked

TRIPOLI/ES SIDER, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said.

Zeidan, a liberal weakened for months by infighting with Islamists, will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni, parliament spokesman Omar Hmeidan told reporters.

Mar 11, 2014

Libyan parliament sacks prime minister after rebels export oil

TRIPOLI/ES SIDER, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said.

Zeidan, a liberal weakened for months by infighting with Islamists, will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni, parliament spokesman Omar Hmeidan told reporters.

Mar 11, 2014

Libya says halts tanker outside rebel port; rebels deny it

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

But in a sign of the chaos and conflicting information typical for Libya, rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran denied in a televised statement broadcast from a ship that he had lost control of the oil tanker.

Mar 11, 2014

Libya says halts tanker outside rebel port, plans military offensive

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

They also said the government will assemble forces to “liberate” all occupied ports, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue.

Mar 10, 2014

Libya orders military force to ‘liberate’ rebel-held ports

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.

Mar 10, 2014

North Korea-flagged ship finishes loading oil at Libya rebel port

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.

Mar 10, 2014

Libyan rebels warn of ‘war’ if navy attacks oil tanker

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.

Mar 9, 2014

Libya authorises use of force against North Korean-flagged tanker

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.

Mar 9, 2014

Libya threatens to bomb North Korean tanker if it ships oil from rebel port

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.

Mar 8, 2014

Libya port rebels say started exporting oil

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.

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