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Spain condemns shutdown of El Sharara oilfield & the murder of six hostages by ISIS

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Spanish embassy in Libya released a statement on Wednesday in which it condemned the shutdown of El Sharara oilfield earlier this week.

A group of tribesmen, who call themselves the Fezzan Anger Movement, and a local unit of the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) had in Saturday announced a shutdown of El Sharara oil field, located in Murzuq Desert southwest of Libya, to press for demands of more development.

The Spanish embassy demanded oilfields be kept under the control of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) and stressed that oil production’s decline will jeopardize Libya’s economy.

In a separate statement released on Thursday, the Spanish embassy also condemned the murder of six hostages taken during ISIS’s attack on the town of al-Fuqaha on 28 October 2018.

The Spanish embassy expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and affirmed “its full support to the people and legitimate authorities of Libya in their efforts to combat terrorism and to restore peace and security.”

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