Libyan national oil company condemns “militarization” of energy infrastructure

Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) on Saturday condemned “militarization” of the country’s energy infrastructure, as the capital Tripoli is witnessing violent clashes between the UN-backed government and the eastern-based army over control of the city.

“NOC strongly condemns the militarization of Libyan national energy infrastructure, following a number of incidents in the past week, including capture of an NOC airfield, the attempted requisition of NOC tug boats, and use of oil terminals by warships and other military vessels,” NOC said in a statement.

NOC said it urged the Public Prosecutor to take all legal steps necessary to protect its staff and facilities, rejecting the use of oil facilities for military purpose or political bargaining.

The eastern-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli from the UN-backed government.

The fighting has so far killed more than 270 people and injured more than 1,300 others, and forced more than 13,000 people to flee their homes.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.