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NOC calls on LNA to release Union of Oil, Gas Workers president

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has renewed its call to the Libyan National Army (LNA) to release President of the Union of Oil and Gas Workers Saad Dinar el-Fakhri, who was arrested April 29.

In a Thursday statement, the NOC said Fakhri was arrested amid the clashes and battles by an armed group affiliated with the LNA near his home in Suluq in Benghazi.

The NOC reiterated its rejection of all forms of violence, abductions and arbitrary detentions, calling on the General Command of the LNA to “keep its promise” of releasing Fakhri and return him to his family safely.

The NOC has repeatedly emphasized it is an independent and neutral organization, stressing the need to exclude the oil sector from political conflicts and military ongoing.

Tripoli has been suffering heavy clashes since April 4 when LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to “liberate the capital of terrorism.”

A rising number of dead and injured civilians has reached 510 people by May 19, is complicating the situation, as both the GNA and the LNA refuse all calls for ceasefires.

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