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Tribesmen close east Libyan oil terminals, cutting export in half

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 18, 2020
Eastern Libyan tribesmen have stormed oil export ports and announced the closure of terminals cutting the country’s exports by more than half and ramping up tensions ahead of a summit in Germany to discuss the country's conflict.
Khalifa Haftar
Oil in Africa   Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
The move came as Germany and the United Nations try to persuade Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are based in the east where the oil terminals were closed, and his foreign backers at the Berlin summit on Sunday to halt his nine-month campaign to take Tripoli, the seat of the country’s parallel government.

Topics: Libya oil

The tribesmen stormed the eastern Zueitina oil export port on Friday and announced the closure of all terminals in areas under Field Marshal Haftar’s Libyan National Army control.

LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari told reporters that the "Libyan people" had closed the oil ports.

A source in an eastern oil protection force confirmed to Reuters that exports had been stopped.