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Petroleum Facilities Guards in Libya Close Oil Fields

Mon 26 Feb 2024 | 02:50 AM
Taarek Refaat

The Petroleum Facilities Guard in Libya announced on Sunday the closure of all oil fields in the country, in protest against the government’s ignoring of its demands and its failure to respond to the agreements signed between them.

It said in a video statement that it gave officials 10 days to respond to his demands, which include increasing the salaries of its employees, disbursing their bonuses in the same manner, and approving the agency administratively and financially under the National Oil Corporation, and implicitly under the Ministry of Defense, but to no avail.

It should be noted that stopping production in the oil fields would cause the collapse of the energy industry in Libya, which is the country’s main resource, and would lead to devastating consequences for the economy, which would increase the tragedy of the people who suffer from a lack of liquidity, delayed salaries, and deteriorating living conditions.

The closure of oil sites and fields is a frequent occurrence in Libya, especially in the southern region, which is rich in oil and poor in services, due to protests demanding improved living conditions, or due to political conflict over oil wealth and its financial revenues.