Libya's state oil firm says jet fuel illegally shipped to east

Source: Reuters 3/16/2020, Location: Africa

A shipment of jet fuel has been imported into eastern Libya from the United Arab Emirates in breach of an arms embargo and other international agreements, Libya’s NOC state oil company said.

Eastern forces have also blockaded oil exports in recent months, straining the GNA’s finances and testing international commitment to uphold the role of the NOC (National Oil Corporation) as Libya’s only legitimate oil exporter.

“The shipment came from the UAE to Benghazi on a ship called Gulf Petroleum 4 and has been in Benghazi port for a number of days,” the NOC said in a statement.

Haftar’s Libyan National Army is militarily backed by the UAE and Egypt, which have carried out air strikes, while the GNA is supported by Turkey.

The NOC added that it had informed the United Nations, as well as the GNA in Tripoli and other governments. A Western diplomat working on Libya said the import of jet fuel to Benghazi would break the U.N. arms embargo imposed on Libya since 2011.

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