The Address | Benghazi – Libya
RAS LANUF – The Libyan National Army (LNA) stressed on Thursday that its presence in Ras Lanuf terminal and other oilfields is aimed at protecting those fields from potential terrorist attacks.
In an exclusive statement to The Address, spokesman for LNA’s Dignity Operations Room Brigadier General Khaled Al-Mahjoub affirmed that it was the army who secured the oilfields from militias and continues to do so now.
Remarks of Brigadier General Al-Mahjoub came after chairman of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, expressed “concern” over presence of LNA forces at the Ras Lanuf oil terminal.
“A group of around 80 military personnel under the command of Major General Abdullah Nur al-Din al-Hamali entered the port on Wednesday, June 5, 2019,” NOC said in a statement, alleging this could lead to “potentially making it a military objective”.
Brigadier General Al-Mahjoub affirmed to The Address that Major General Al-Hamali is the one who led the operation to liberate the Oil Crescent.
“His duty now is to guard, preserve and protect this area from any foreseeable terrorist act,” Brigadier General Al-Mahjoub said.
“Given the losses endured by terrorist gangs, these gangs are expected to carry out damaging acts such as the ones they have done in the southern region”.
LNA forces battled with several militias, including that of Ibrahim Jadhran, to secure the oilfields located in the Oil Crescent area.
Last year, LNA managed to secure El Sharara oilfield, the country’s biggest, which resulted in resumption of production in the field after six-months halt.