SSA Libya launches major anti fuel smuggling initiative

Libya continues to struggle with the depletion of smuggled subsidised fuel. Photo via SSA

In a post on its official page on Facebook, Libya’s Stability Support Apparatus (SSA) reported having activities in the rural areas of the city of Zuwara, 102 km west of Tripoli. They carried out a 24-hour protection at Ra’s Ajdir crossing with Tunisia, which is known as an active contraband network.

”We renew our efforts to eliminate criminals specializing in the trafficking of fuel and human beings.” SSA stated on its Facebook page.

Libya continues to suffer from the depletion of subsidised fuel through smuggling. In 2018, the United Nations (UN) Panel of Experts on Libya said that “fuel smuggling from and within Libya continues to be a thriving activity.

” They noted that armed groups and transnational criminal networks reap significant profits from illegal exports of refined petroleum products.

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