Libya’s NOC confirms presence of mercenaries in oil facilities

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) called on Saturday for the immediate withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from oil facilities in the country.

In a statement, the NOC condemned the deployment of Russia’s Wagner Group and Syrian as well as Janjaweed mercenaries in Libyan oil installations, most recently at Es Sidra port.

“NOC demands their immediate withdrawal from all facilities,” it said, calling the UN to “send observers to supervise the demilitarization in the areas of NOC operations across the country.”

“There are currently large numbers of foreign mercenaries in NOC facilities who do not share this wish,” the statement said.

Last week, the NOC accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of instructing militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar to disrupt the country’s oil output and exports.

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