Shots were fired as protesters failed to prevent the loading of a tanker in Libya
Protesters fired gunshots outside the Libyan port of Hariga on Thursday in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the loading of 1 million barrels of crude oil bound for the UK, in an incident that comes just a month ago. day after Libyan Prime Minister-designate Fathi Bashagha entered Tripoli in a failed attempt to take control of his rival’s government.
According to the port authorities of Hariga in Tobruk, quoted by Libya UpdateProtesters fired shots after they were prevented from entering the port after a tanker due to be loaded with 1 million barrels of oil docked.
The tanker was not hit by the crossfire. No injuries were reported and the tanker – the British Ridgebury – successfully left port on Thursday.
Libya is suffering a loss of around 600,000 bpd in production and export after protests led the National Oil Company (NOC) to declare a case of force majeure at the Al-Sharara oilfield, the largest in the country, as well as the El Feel oil field and two main export products. terminals.
The port of Hariga continued to operate normally.
Tensions mounted on Wednesday when Bashagha entered Tripoli with his militia forces providing security, prompting an armed response from militias loyal to current interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who has refused to step down and hand over power to his parliamentary-backed rival.
Bashagha withdrew from Tripoli just hours after entering and said later Wednesday that his new government would move to Sirte, midway between eastern and western powers. Sirte is also the gateway to the “oil crescent”, and this move potentially represents a reminder by Bashagha that his militias control this region.
The rivalry is between two legislative branches of the Libyan government, the Tobruk-based parliament in the east, which named Bashagha the new prime minister, and the High Council of State in the west, which backs Dbeibah. The east controls much of Libya’s “Oil Crescent” and the west controls the Central Bank of Tripoli.
By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com
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