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Libya's oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending

Source: Reuters - Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:34 GMT
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TRIPOLI, April 9 (Reuters) - Libya's state-run Petroleum Facilities Guard took full control of eastern-most Hariga oil port on Wednesday, but a handover by rebels to the PFG had yet to happen at the Zueitina port, a PFG spokesman said.

"The PFG took control of the port today ... workers pay has been sorted. They confirmed that Hariga is ready to start loading," the spokesman said.

The weekend agreement to open the two eastern ports marks the beginning of the end of the nine-month blockade of major oil terminals by a federalist rebel group led by Ibrahim al-Jathran.

The Zueitina port is still being controlled by some of Jathran's followers, who are themselves former PFG, but the new PFG leader is on his way to the terminal for the handover. (Reporting by Julia Payne, editing by David Evans)

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