TRIPOLI – Armed protesters Sunday refused to lift a months-long blockade of vital oil terminals in eastern Libya, despite a tribal pledge to do so.
“We state that we are not going to reopen the oil harbours,” said Ibrahim Jodhrane, head of the security guards blockading the main terminals at Zueitina, Ras Lanouf and Al-Sedra.
He said initiatives aimed at resolving the crisis had failed.
On Tuesday, the head of the powerful Al-Magharba tribe which launched the blockade in July in support of its demands for regional autonomy had said it would be lifted on Sunday.
“We expect that the export of crude from the oil terminals will resume from December 15,” Saleh al-Ateiwich said.
Jodhrane also confirmed during a televised meeting with his tribe in the town of Nouafliya that the blockade would be lifted.
But he laid down conditions, including a share of the oil revenues for the Cyrenaica region in the east that is seeking autonomy in a federated state.