The National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC) said fuel supply to Tripoli has not been affected by the military escalation around the capital.
NOC Chairperson Mustafa Sannalla said he is following up the progress of fuel supply to the city’s petrol stations, and praised the efforts of the company’s management to serve the Tripolitans despite the difficult situation therein.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) continued its push towards Tripoli on Saturday amid mounting international pressure to halt hostilities which risk plunging the country into civil war.
The LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to move to Tripoli last Thursday as they were on Saturday battling for the control of an area around 50 kilometers south of the capital.
The LNA fighters have been slowed in their advance by forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), and for the first time, GNA-aligned forces launched air strikes on LNA positions.
Pro-government forces in Tripoli said on Saturday they had targeted Haftar’s forces with “intensive strikes” without giving any details.
The latest escalation in the conflict-wracked country comes a week before a U.N.-backed conference intended to bring together delegates from across the country to draft a political roadmap to unify the country’s institutions and set a date for long-delayed national elections.
U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame insisted the three-day Libyan National Forum would begin as scheduled on April 14 in the city of Ghadames.