By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Tripoli, Libya: A Russian cargo plane carrying Syrian fighters landed in Libya’s Sirte province, controlled by warlord Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan army said on Saturday.
The aircraft arrived at 11.00 a.m. local time (0900GMT) at the Ghardabiya Airbase, according to officials from the Sirte and Jufra operation department of the Libyan army.
On Aug. 21, the Libyan government announced a truce and ordered its military to stop operations against Haftar’s militias.
However, the Libyan army has since reported several breaches of the cease-fire by the militias.
The GNA was founded in 2015 under an UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement have failed due to a military offensive by forces loyal to Haftar.
The UN recognizes Fayez al-Sarraj’s government as the country’s legitimate authority as Tripoli has battled Haftar’s militias since April 2019 in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.
The new deployment comes after Libya’s oil output has increased to 300,000 barrels following a truce in the OPEC nation’s civil war and the lifting of a blockade on energy facilities.
Fields that feed the newly restarted Eastern ports of Hariga, Brega and Zueitina are ramping up production, according to reports about the situation, Output was 250,000 barrels per day a week ago and will rise further as ships dock and load crude oil from storage tanks, allowing fields to pump more,
Libya’s restart is weighing on oil prices just as traders become more bearish about the outlook for energy demand with many nations introducing strict restrictions to curb the Corona virus pandemic.
Brega is set to export 1.8 million barrels in October via three cargoes, according to a loading program. Zueitina is set to load five cargoes. Hariga has loaded two tankers of one million barrels each in the past two weeks.
The loading programs are preliminary and Libya may export more than the schedule suggests.
Libya the home of Africa’s largest oil reserves, pumped around 1.2 million barrels a day at the start of the year before the blockade shut down most ports and fields.
State energy firm National Oil Corp is evaluating security at Libya’s four other onshore oil ports including Zawiya, which handles crude from Sharara, the nation’s biggest field before restarting them. Mercenaries involved in the civil war still occupy or are located near some of them.
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