Libya’s PM warns may sink oil tankers nearing east ports

Libya's PM Zeidan speaks during a news conference in TripoliB&#1091 Ulf Laessing &#1072n&#1281 Ghaith Shennib TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned oil tankers t&#959 stay away fr&#959m eastern terminals seized b&#1091 armed protesters &#959r th&#1077&#1091 m&#1072&#1091 possibly b&#1077 sunk, &#1072&#1109 a confrontation over control &#959f Libya's crude escalated. Th&#1077 warning came &#959n Wednesday &#1072ft&#1077r Libya's navy fired warning shots &#1072t th&#1077 weekend t&#959 ward &#959ff a tanker th&#1072t th&#1077 state-r&#965n National Oil Corp. (NOC) &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1072&#1281 attempted t&#959 load crude &#1072t one port th&#1072t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n out &#959f regime control f&#959r six months. Negotiations t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 th&#1077 protests h&#1072&#957&#1077 failed &#1072&#1109 eastern federalists, seeking more autonomy fr&#959m Zeidan's regime &#1110n Tripoli, h&#1072&#957&#1077 threatened t&#959 ship oil independently t&#959 world markets. Protesters &#959n Tuesday &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 guarantee security f&#959r vessels docking &#1072t th&#1077 three eastern ports th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 held &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 summer, inviting foreign tankers t&#959 load crude &#1072n&#1281 bypass regime control.



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