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Libyan ex rebels lift main oil refinery blockade
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Monday, 03 Dec 2012

AFP reported that Mr Imed bin Kura former Libyan rebels have lifted their blockade of the country's biggest oil refinery after closing it off to demand medical treatment for injuries from last year's war.

Mr Imed bin Kura said that "The sit in held by protesters since Wednesday ended on Thursday night around 11:00 PM. It would take several hours to get the facility up and running again. A settlement was reached after authorities agreed to speed up sending to other countries ex rebels wounded in the war to unseat long time dictator Mr Moamer Kadhafi.

Witnesses said that around 20 persons had been blocking the facility. The refinery in Zawiyah, 40 kilometers west of Tripoli supplies around 70% of the country's fuel. A similar 4 day protests there at the start of November cost the government USD 30 million.

He said that Libya had imported a large quantity of fuel in the past few weeks. Due to poor conditions in hospitals, Libyans often try to get medical treatment abroad. A program put in place by the government to treat former rebels abroad was stopped after it was abused.

Source – AFP


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