[Field Update] Libya – Cutthroat Scramble for Oil Fields leads to Military Threat

The fight to secure access to oil fields located in Libya of Northern Africa, which is in the midst of an ongoing civil war, remains fierce.

Libya’s state-owned oil corporation, National Oil Company (NOC), said it has been threatened to halt oil production by armed forces who invaded the El Sharara Oil Field on June 9th, local time, Bloomberg reported.

The El Sharara Oil Field is the largest oil field in Libya. Two days prior, on June 7th, NOC announced that the El Sharara Oil Field had resumed production for the first time in five months. The El Sharara Oil Field was closed in January this year by the Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by the eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar on behalf of the local tribal leaders.

Although the El Sharara Oil Field has been reopened as the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), which is recognized by the United Nations (UN), continues to push back Haftar and his forces, the production of crude oil is still uncertain.

In recent years, the GNA has been working hard to normalize the production of crude oil exports, which is Libya’s main source of income. The GNA announced on June 6th, 2020 that it had launched an attack on Sirte, a strategic key city on the Mediterranean coast. Libya’s main crude oil ports are located near Sirte.

The GNA continued to press Haftar and his LNA in the east after declaring full control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on June 4th.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called for a ceasefire on June 6th between the GNA and LNA, but the GNA rejected the proposal.

In 2011, Libya was virtually thrown into anarchy when Muammar Gaddafi’s regime collapsed in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” Revolution, and since 2014, it has been divided between the UN-recognized GNA and Haftar’s rogue LNA forces.

The Libyan civil war intensified in April of 2019 after Commander Haftar ordered his troops to march onward and capture western Tripoli.

Libya’s GNA is also backed by Turkey and Qatar, which are supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Movement Organization, and the countries that support Haftar’s commanders include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Russia, among some others.

Source: Radio Korea

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28, NKJV)

At this time, we lift Libya up before You, O Living God. The fight over access to oil fields in Libya is intensifying, and the conflict between the Libyan GNA and Haftar’s LNA forces have continued to fuel the now 6-year-long civil war.

Please be merciful to all the souls in Libya who are in the shadow of death without knowing the Father. Would You silence all war in the name of Jesus Christ!

Let all who labor and are heavy laden in Libya come before the Lord, and would You lead them to eternal life!

Lord, we fervently pray and desire that this land, where there was revival of the first-century church, which overcame bitter suffering and persecution, would rise up with the spirit of martyrdom once again.

The holy church of Libya shall arise with the love of Jesus Christ which casts out all fear and persecution, going beyond this nation and the Maghreb region, to serve all nations! Amen!

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