‘Protesters cripple Libya oil terminal’

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Oil tankers are seen waiting to refill in the water off the Zawiya Refinery, some 40 kilometers west of Tripoli, on October 27, 2011.

Libyan protestors have forced a major oil terminal to halt its operations for the second time in six months in eastern part of the North African country, the countryâ„¢s Deputy Oil Minister Omar Shakmak says.

According to a statement released by Shakmak on Wednesday, dozens demonstrated at Zueitina oil terminal located some 870 kilometers (540 miles) east of the capital, Tripoli and called on the government to provide them with jobs.

In December 2012, the management of the Zueitina oil terminal decided to shut down operations after a similar protest took place near the terminal.

Following the protest rally, Shakmak said the protesters Å“believe they can put pressure on the government by stalling oil-related companies.”

The Libyan official also condemned the use of Å“oil operations and terminals to pressure the government.”

Oil installations have become a focal point of protests challenging Libya’s government, which is dependent on oil for most of its revenue.

At least three oil fields in the Libyan desert feed Zueitina oil terminal.

Zueitina oil port exports roughly 60,000 barrels per day as Libya’s oil production stands at 1.6 million barrels per day.

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This article originally appeared on : Press TV