Libya pro-government raid hits oil tanker: report

A view of the port of Tripoli

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government carried out an air strike Sunday on an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the rival administration, a report said.

The General Electricity Company denounced as “sabotage” the attack at the plant near Sirte, in central Libya, saying it was likely to cause disruptions to power supplies across the country due to a lack of fuel.

The vessel, Anwar, had been transporting a light load of fuel from Greece, said the plant’s deputy director Hassan al-Farjani, quoted by LANA, the former state news agency now in the hands of Islamist-backed authorities in Tripoli.

The raid, which LANA said was conducted by forces loyal to army chief General Khalifa Haftar, caused a fire on board and several injuries among crew members, as well as employees at the plant.

Flames rose from the ship as firefighters battled to prevent an explosion and a potential ecological disaster, the Electricity Company said in a statement quoted by the agency…

  • Petey

    “… carried out an air strike Sunday on an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the rival administration, …”

    Heh. I’ve worked in large organizations before. To be able to carry out air strikes on rival administrations would be glorious.

    • Frau Katze

      That’s what they’re doing. They don’t want the group holding Tripoli to make money selling oil.

  • Alain

    We could always send them our numerous professional protesters paid for by foreign enemies to put an end to all this pollution. By the way anyone from Green Peace there?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Time for Obama to once again lead from behind.