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

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The European Union Delegation issued a statement on Thursday in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission to Libya condemning 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 EU Delegation said they “express their deep concern about the current security and socio-economic situation in the south of the country.”

“They are especially concerned that the forced shutdown of the Sharara Oil field in south-western Libya will hamper efforts to revive Libya’s economy and improve living conditions for all Libyans.”

The EU Delegation demanded that “those illegally occupying oil installations” withdraw and hand them over to the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The EU Delegation also condemned the “abhorrent” murder of six hostages taken during ISIS’s attack on the town of al-Fuqaha on 28 October 2018. The delegations expressed its condolences to the victims’ families.

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