Fighting may begin in the Libyan oil fields if they reach the Pro-Turkish forces, said in an interview Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of sheiks and tribal elders of Libya al-Senusi al-Khalik.
On Friday, a spokesman for the Guard for the protection of oil facilities, Ibrahim al-Faidi that LNA forces under cover of aircraft began patrolling in the area of the so-called “oil crescent” – oil-bearing regions located on the Libyan coast in the Eastern part of the country from the city of Tobruk to es-Sidra. The decision to start patrolling was made according to the instructions of the commander-in-chief of the LNA. The purpose of the patrols is to protect oil facilities from any attacks expected from armed groups. Al-Fahidi stressed that the patrols do not interfere with the work of companies operating in ports and fields.
“If the Turks go to the oil fields, then – I emphasize-all the young people of Libya will come to the bases for military training, and we will witness war in the fields,” said al-Khalik, who is responsible for the oil and gas sector.
According to him, in this case, the oil infrastructure will be destroyed, and all Libyans will suffer from this.
In Libya, the conflict continues between the government of the national accord (GNA) of Fayez Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the West of the country and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan national army under the command of Khalifa Haftar, whose political support is provided by Egypt.
In Cairo, on June 6, the President of Egypt met with the Author and head of the House of Representatives sitting in Eastern Libya, Akila Saleh. Following the meeting, the leader of Egypt announced the “Cairo initiative,” which includes a cease-fire on the entire territory of Libya from June 8 and the terms of a political settlement. The initiative was supported by Russia, the United States, and the several Arab States, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. NTC and Turkey opposed it.
For more than a year, Haftar’s army has been trying to retake the capital of Libya. Both sides of the conflict claim that the opponents receive assistance with weapons and the workforce from outside. In recent weeks, the GNA forces have reported significant successes in the battle for Tripoli. They have declared their intention to build on that success by taking control of the city of Sirte and other territories east of the capital.