Head of Libya’s Petroleum Faculty Guard: Oil Protection Force Strengthened Near the Algerian Border

by Colonel on January 24, 2013

“Libya has strengthened its oil protection force in southwestern oilfields near the Algerian border after the In Amenas attack in its neighbor.

In an interview with Reuters, Colonel Ali Elahrash, head of Libya’s Petroleum Faculty Guard, said men from the Western Mountain town of Zintan had been sent in as reinforcements to boost border security as well to oilfields in the area.

Last week’s raid on the Algerian desert plant, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Libyan border pushed Saharan militancy to the top of the global agenda.

Libyan oilfields, like Italy’s Eni’s El Feel and Spain’s Repsol’s Sharara, are several hundred miles away.

Oil force members on leave swiftly returned to work, while other former rebel fighters from Zintan – whose men already guards oil fields in the area – were also dispatched.

” — (Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Additional reporting by Jessica Donati and Alex Lawler in London; Stephen Jewkes in Milan, editing by William Hardy), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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