Libya's LNA says blockade on oil will continue

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FILE PHOTO: A member of Libya's internationally recognised government forces carries a weapon in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A member of Libya's internationally recognised government forces carries a weapon in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo

BENGHAZI - 12 July 2020: Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) said on Saturday it would maintain a blockade on oil production and exports that the National Oil Corp (NOC) says has cost the country $6.5 billion in lost revenue.

Friday's loading of a first tanker since January with oil from storage had led NOC to lift force majeure on all exports, though it warned that damage to fields meant it would take a long time to fully restore production.

However, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said in an online statement that the country's oil fields and ports are "closed until the orders of the Libyan people are implemented", laying out conditions to lift the blockade.

Libya has been split since 2014 between the Turkey-backed, Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which is recognised by the United Nations, and the LNA in the east of the country supported by the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

 

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