Major oilfield in southern Libya reopens after temporary shutdown

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-28 23:56:07|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) of the UN-backed government on Thursday reopened the El-Feel oilfield in southern Libya following an one-day shutdown due to armed conflict.

"National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirms that following the cessation of military activity at the El-Feel oilfield, production resumed today on Nov. 28, 2019," NOC said in a statement.

No employees were injured in the military conflict, NOC said, confirming that only some facilities of the oilfield suffered minor damage.

"I remind all parties that Libya's oil and gas fields are vital sources of revenues for the benefit of all Libyans. They must not be treated as military targets," said NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla.

The eastern-based army on Wednesday said that "an armed group of the militias of the Government of National Accord stormed El-Feel oilfield."

Fighter jets were sent to launch airstrikes on the armed group, destroying five military vehicles and a vehicle carrying "terrorists" and ammunition, the eastern-based army spokesman, Ahmad al-Mismari, said in a statement.

The United Nation Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday expressed concern over the military operations near the oilfield.

In a statement, the UNSMIL called for immediate cessation of military operations near oil fields to protect civilians and infrastructure.

"The Mission further stresses that Libya's oil infrastructures and facilities should remain under the exclusive control of the NOC," the UNSMIL said.