Haftar’s forces seize Libya’s largest oilfield Sharara

A general view of the El Sharara oilfield, Libya December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo

East-based Libyan self-styled army forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar said they had captured the closed Sharara oilfield on Wednesday.

Haftar’s forces’ spokesman Ahmed Al-Mismari called on state oil firm NOC to lift force majeure, a contractual waiver, it had declared when it shut down production.

Sharara oilfield was taken over on December 8 by groups of tribesmen, armed protesters and state guards demanding salary payments and development funds.

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