After closing 3 fields in Libya.. The Ministry of Oil calls for production to be neutralized from conflicts

The Libyan Oil Ministry said late on Friday evening that Closure of Libyan oil fields It may lead to the declaration of force majeure, a day after three oil fields were closed in protest of the kidnapping of a former finance minister.

The ministry called on all parties involved in the recent incidents to keep oil production and export away from conflicts.

The ministry added in a statement that the closure of the fields would severely affect the marketing of Libyan oil and undermine efforts to achieve stability in production.

The leader of the Zwai tribe said that production stopped in the El-Feel, Sharara and 108 oil fields on Thursday, in protest against the kidnapping of Faraj Boumtari, the Minister of Finance in the previous government.

A Libyan tribal leader confirmed, on Friday, that the kidnapping of former Finance Minister Faraj Boumtari led to the closure of 4 oil fields in the south of the country.

For its part, the Libyan House of Representatives said, in a series of statements it issued on Thursday evening, that the Internal Security Service had kidnapped Boumtari at Mitiga Airport, on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli. He added that Prime Minister Abd al-Hamid al-Dabaiba – an ally of the head of the security apparatus – is now responsible for Boumtari’s safety.

The alleged kidnapping took place on Tuesday, according to Libyan media, and the minister’s whereabouts remain unknown.

In response to the kidnapping, the Zway tribe in southern Libya – from which Boumtari hails – led the closure of four internal oil fields on Thursday, one of the tribe’s elders, Senussi Al-Zway, told The Associated Press.

He also said that among the four sites that he confirms have stopped production, the Sharara field, located in the southwest of the country, is one of the largest Libyan oil sites, which produces hundreds of thousands of barrels per day.

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