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Haftar denies closure of Libya's oil fields

Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) Chief of Staff, Khalifa Haftar arrives for a conference on Libya on November 12, 2018 at Villa Igiea in Palermo [FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images]
Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) Chief of Staff, Khalifa Haftar arrives for a conference on Libya on 12 November 2018 [FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images]

Forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar on Sunday denied reports about the closure of the country's oil fields and ports, Anadolu Agency reported.

In a statement, military spokesman Ahmad al-Mismari said reports about closing Libya's oil fields and seaports upon orders from Haftar-backed government of Fathi Bashagha were "baseless."

The news was circulated by Libyan activists on social media on Saturday after Haftar's representatives suspended their participation in the 5+5 joint military committee, which includes five members from the Tripoli-based unity government and five from Haftar's forces.

Activists said that Haftar has ordered the suspension of Libya's oil exports and the closure of the coastal road linking Libya's east and west amid a dispute with the Tripoli-based government of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh.

Several international actors involved in the Libyan crisis, including the UN mission and the European Union, warned against exploiting Libya's oil exports by any Libyan party.

The situation escalated in Libya last month after the parliament gave confidence to a new government headed by Bashagha while Dbeibeh insists on remaining in his post.

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