A car blast in Libya’s city of Benghazi
According to security and medical officials, the leader of the Magharba tribe, Saleh al-Ateiwish, was wounded but in stable condition in the hospital. Three other people were also injured in the car explosion, Reuters reports, quoting a hospital official.
Although it is not yet clear who was responsible for the explosion, family members at the hospital have said it was an “assassination attempt”, according to Reuters.
It was Ateiwish who had persuaded a faction of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) to give the control of the ports to the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Khalifa Haftar. The LNA then handed control of the ports to the recently reunified National Oil Corporation (NOC), which vowed to immediately
Earlier this week, NOC’s chairman Mustafa Sanalla said that the Libyan crude oil production had increased from around 290,000 bpd in mid-September to some
While Libya is gradually returning to raising its oil production, it serves up another
Although never officially communicated, there had been a general understanding that Libya, alongside Nigeria, and possibly Iran, would be exempt from OPEC production cuts, with violence and sanctions having taken their toll on those three countries’ oil production in recent months and years.
By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com
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