Renegade Libyan commander's forces attack oil tanker

Libya’s rival Tobruk government conducts air strike on oil tanker delivering cargo to central Tripoli administration power plant

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Libya’s rival Tobruk government forces on Sunday attacked an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the central administration in Tripoli, according to LANA news agency.

The attack was the third confirmed air strike by the forces loyal to Libya’s rival House of Representatives (HoR), which led by the renegade ex-general Khalifa Haftar, on oil tankers.

Chinese Xinhua news agency reported that the vessel was a Greek oil tanker Anwar 1 which came under the attack off the shores of Sirte, some 500 km east of the capital Tripoli, while the rival Tobruk government claimed it was an unflagged vessel.

Hassan al-Fergani, the spokesman for the Libyan electricity plant which owned the delivery, said the tanker was attacked with three rockets which made heavy damage.

Stating that the vessel was carrying 40.000 liters of fuel which was needed for the operation of the plant, Al Fergani said the ship crew members were injured after the attack and transferred to hospital for treatment.

Libya is currently divided between two Parliaments, the General National Council (GNC) in the capital of Tripoli, which was founded with the help of the United States and France after the overthrow of Libyan authoritarian leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and the House of Representatives.

In late August several war planes from the UAE and Egypt flew to Libya to assist the forces of General Hafter in their attack on the Dawn Alliance to prevent the pro-GNC forces from taking hold of Tripoli airport.

The House of Representatives, which has been operating from the Egyptian border town of Tobruk since June, was formed following armed uprisings by groups loyal to the renegade general Khalifa Hafter.

TRTWorld and agencies