PC Air Force supports NOC’s anti-fuel smuggling initiative

By Sami Zaptia.

The NOC's Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee has announced that the Air Force is taking part in its anti-fuel smuggling operations (Photo: Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee).

The NOC’s Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee has announced that the Air Force is taking part in its anti-fuel smuggling operations (Photo: Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee).

London, 27 April 2018:

The National Oil Corporation’s (NOC) Brega Marketing/ Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee announced that the 6th squadron of the Presidential Council-aligned Air Force revealed on Monday that it is supporting the anti-fuel smuggling initiative launched by the National Oil Corporation.

The anti-fuel smuggling initiative launched by the NOC’s chairman Mustafa Sanalla commenced on Monday.

Launching the initiative, the Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee said ‘‘All Libyans must have solidarity and cooperation in support of the National Oil Corporation to stop the bleeding that is causing the country’s economy to lose more than 750 million dollars per annum’’.

 

The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee said that PC-aligned forces had taken over control of the Libyan-Tunisian border crossing (Photo: Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee).

The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee said that PC-aligned forces had taken over control of the Libyan-Tunisian border crossing (Photo: Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee).

 

In a statement announcing its support, the Presidency Council-aligned Air Force warned that it was in full support of the Sanalla initiative to end the phenomena of fuel smuggling, and that it had commenced its operations on the Libyan-Tunisian border. It warned smugglers to keep away from its area of operations on the border region.

The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee also reported that the Air Force is supported on the ground at the border region by forces from the city of Nalut and that Presidency Council (PC) Ministry of Interior aligned Central Security Forces had taken over control of the Libyan-Tunisian Ras Ajair border crossing.

 

Tunisian cars adapted with extra large fuel tanks for smuggling queue on the Libyan-side of the Libyan-Tunisian border awaiting processing (Photo: Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee).

Tunisian cars adapted with extra large fuel tanks for smuggling queue on the Libyan-side of the Libyan-Tunisian border awaiting processing (Photo: Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee).

 

The Fuel and Gas Crisis Committee published aerial photographs of locations in north western Libya allegedly used as storage locations by fuel smugglers and warned that they would soon be targeted by the Air Force. It said that smugglers’ hideouts and locations were being identified and collated, and their owners identified. Their identities will thereafter be referred to the Attorney General’s Office for further legal action. , the Committee said.

 

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