On Saturday, July 18, the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported that clashes between a Libyan National Army (LNA)-aligned militia and oil facility guards had been occurring near Brega (Al Wahat district) over the past 48-hours. The militia, As-Saiqa, reportedly clashed with guards a few hundred meters away from oil tankers. The NOC stated that foreign militias should be withdrawn from oilfields, and be replaced by a professional and independent force, set up solely for the security of oil facilities.
Further clashes near oil facilities are likely in the near term.
During the protracted conflict between Khalifa Haftar's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), most of Libya's oil fields have been either under threat by or under the direct control of the LNA, which has severely restricted oil production.
Since the Russian-backed LNA's withdrawal from Tripoli in early June 2020, some oilfields have stepped up efforts to resume oil production. However, forces loyal to the LNA are suspected to be attempting to prevent the resumption.
Those in Brega are advised to avoid the affected areas in the near term due to the risk of armed clashes, monitor developments, and adhere to any directives issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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