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17 Jan 2020 | 03:37 PM UTC

Libya: Protesters force closure of Zueitina oil port January 17

Protesters erect tent outside Zueitina oil port on January 17, forcing shutdown of facility

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Event

Protesters reportedly entered the Zueitina oil terminal on Friday, January 17, forcing a closure of the facility. The demonstrators marched on the port at the behest of regional tribal leaders aligned with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are attempting to wrestle control of Tripoli from the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). Demonstrators reportedly threatened to shut down all oil terminals in eastern Libya to prevent the government in Tripoli from collecting oil revenues.

Context

The LNA launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and GNA airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

Individuals in Libya are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, maintain safe and current evacuation plans, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.