noc - lost oil revenues stand at over $2.1 bil; tobruk govt fm - cannot force lna-linked tribesmen to lift oil blockade
Lost oil revenues from Libyan oil exports are estimated at over $2.1 billion, as the LNA blockade on ports and pipelines continues. Current production, according to the National Oil Corporation, has dropped to 122,430 bpd, down from around 1.2 million bpd just a month ago.
The foreign minister for the Eastern Tobruk-based government, Abdulhadi Lahweej said his government cannot force the LNA-linked tribesmen to lift the blockade as it is a “popular decision”. Haftar and the Tobruk government have long claimed that Tripoli does not share the revenues equally with LNA held territory, given that the NOC and Central Bank are situated there.
Lahweej further claimed the GNA was using oil revenues to pay for Syrian mercenaries, brought by Turkey, to fight against the LNA. Responding to al-Sarraj’s calling Haftar a “war criminal” at the UN, Lahweej said “The war criminal is the one who accepts mercenaries to kill people and accepts pilots who kills civilians," referring to al-Sarraj himself.